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2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

After an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 3,000 projects and selected 5 finalists in each category of the Building of the Year Award.

Similar to last year, over 18,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, expressing what architecture means to them by highlighting the buildings that have inspired them the most.

This year’s finalists represent a diverse group of projects, coming from all corners of the globe and from firms of different sizes and trajectories. Yet they all capture architecture's capacity to improve people’s lives.

Remember that the firm behind the overall most voted project will receive an HP T520 Designjet T520 ePrinter, and the second and third most voted practices will receive an HP T120 Designjet ePrinter.

The winners of the two iPads from the nomination stage are: Linda Hinderdael (iPad Mini) and Sylvia Robert (iPad Air). We’re also going to give away two more iPads to our readers during the final voting stage so be sure to vote!

London’s “Olympicopolis” Aims to Host Smithsonian’s First International Venue

00:00 - 29 January, 2015
London’s “Olympicopolis” Aims to Host Smithsonian’s First International Venue, © Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp
© Kevin Allen/London Legacy Development Corp

The Smithsonian is considering opening its first international exhibition space in “Olympicopolis” - London’s former Olympic park that is to be transformed into a world-class cultural hub by 2021. Should the self-financed proposal be approved, it will be the first time in the institution’s 168-year history to build a public venue outside of the United States. 

“We see this as an unprecedented opportunity to show the breadth of the Smithsonian in one of the most diverse cities in the world,” stated Smithsonian acting secretary Al Horvath.

Open Call: Atlanta Bridgescape Competition

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Open Call: Atlanta Bridgescape Competition, Atlanta . Image © Flickr CC User Brett Weinstein
Atlanta . Image © Flickr CC User Brett Weinstein

The Atlanta Bridgescape Competition is an urban design challenge seeking creative strategies to enhance existing freeway infrastructure in Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The objective of the competition is to solicit designs for the next two bridge projects: the 10th Street Bridge in Midtown and the Courtland Street/Ralph McGill Boulevard Bridge in downtown. The competition seeks broad participation from multi-disciplinary design teams to develop innovative approaches for enhancing existing infrastructure in a manner that will elevate the experience of travelers along the Connector and improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge surfaces.

Terrazze / AE5 partners

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Terrazze / AE5 partners, © Nacasa & Partners Inc
© Nacasa & Partners Inc

© Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc © Nacasa & Partners Inc +19

In Residence: Xavier Corbero

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

The latest episode in NOWNESS' In Residence series takes viewers into the Esplugues de Llobregat home of Catalan artist Xavier Corbero. Albert Moya captures Corbero's life size cabinet of curiosities— brimming with art pieces and eclectic miscellany— as the artist himself wanders through a Piranesi-esque series of seemingly impossible cantilevered staircases and arches. 

"What I try to do does not stem from reason," says Corbero, "What I always attempt to do is poetry."

MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
MVRDV and Interior Urbanism: An Interview With Winy Maas, Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee
Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Daria Scagliola+Stijn Brakkee

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, one of the major changes within cities around the world has been the rise of so-called "privately-owned public space," a development which has attracted the attention of many urbanists and is still being widely debated. However, for MONU Magazine, the increasing prevalence (and arguably, acceptance) of such privately owned spaces for public use gives us an opportunity to discuss another aspect of public space: interior urbanism. With the rise of the shopping mall and the increasingly diverse functions required by buildings such as libraries, interior spaces now resemble exterior public spaces more and more.

The following interview is an excerpt from the 21st issue of MONU Magazine, in which MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview MVRDV founder Winy Maas, discussing the concept of interior urbanism in the work of MVRDV, in particular in their Rotterdam Markthal, Glass Farm and Book Mountain projects.

Markthal Rotterdam. Image © Nico Saieh Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Book Mountain in Spijkenisse. Image © Jeroen Musch Glass Farm in Schijndel. Image © Jeroen Musch +13

Nest We Grow / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Nest We Grow  / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley  + Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha +36

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +25

Modern Tube House / MimANYSTUDIO + REAL

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Modern Tube House  / MimANYSTUDIO  + REAL, Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO
Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO

Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO Courtesy of MimANYSTUDIO +22

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini, © Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora +23

China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area, The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis - a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan - is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries. 

It is now home to 42 million - more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

Aireys House / Byrne Architects

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Aireys House / Byrne Architects, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aireys Inlet VIC 3231, Australia
  • Design Team

    Nicholas Byrne, James Jamison, Aaron Polson
  • Area

    377.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos, © Paulo Catrica
© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pico Island, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AGi architects' "Floating" Courthouse Wins Second Prize in Qatar Competition

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
AGi architects' "Floating" Courthouse Wins Second Prize in Qatar Competition, © Poliedro Estudio
© Poliedro Estudio

Spanish-Kuwaiti firm AGi architects has been awarded second prize in a competition to design a new courthouse in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The restricted competition, organized by the Government of Qatar, challenged 30 participants, of which four were shortlisted to compete in the final round. 

AGi’s proposal was based off of two grids - the immediate site’s and the larger city - resulting in a “floating,” canopy-like structure that metaphorical “protects” its inhabitants. View the complete proposal, after the break. 

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of Mexico City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

KCC Switchenland Model House / THE_SYSTEM LAB

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
KCC Switchenland Model House / THE_SYSTEM LAB, © YONGKWAN KIM
© YONGKWAN KIM

© YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeongcheon-ri, Dongtan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    1773.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto, © José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

© José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography +44

Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA , Courtesy of CAA
Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
  • Collaborators

    Cui Heran, Zhang Fanwei, Zhangpan, Lin Yun, ChenFei
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs