ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards: The Winners

The year 2011 was a great one for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. In terms of web traffic, in our network we grew to more than 200,000 daily readers who viewed 350 million pages during 2011. Our social media reach has grown to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and an ever growing presence on FlickrInstagramTumblr and Pinterest, all connecting with architects around our passion: Architecture.

As we said before, ArchDaily is more than just numbers. It is recognized as the ultimate source of inspiration for thousands of architects around the world, a community of professionals that once again has acted as the jury for the Building of the Year Awards.

After a two-stage voting process with more than 65,000 votes, our readers have recognized the best projects featured at ArchDaily during the past year. From renowned established offices to upcoming young practices, with one thing in common: good architecture.

Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for their favorite buildings!

The winner of the iPad during the voting round is Fabiola Silva.

The project with the most votes and therefore the recipient of the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer, is the Füleky Winery by Építész Stúdió. 
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Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank

Taking place at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, the Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). With the theme of ‘Vectored Resources,’ their seventh Think Tank in…

Hot Paper / Wamhouse

© Mariusz Warsinski

Architects: Wamhouse
Location: , Poland
Completion: February 2012
Author: Karina Wiciak
Photographs: Mariusz Warsinski (Wamhouse)

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[BUENOS AIRES] New Contemporary Art Museum Competition

[AC-CA] recently announced their competition, [BUENOS AIRES] New Contemporary Art Museum, with the aim of a design for a new art museum in the heart of the city. As the capital of Argentina and located on the western shore of…

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B*Session – The Business of Communication: Social Media and Content Marketing

Today’s entrepreneurs are redefining what it means to be visionary in a slow economy. Using every available resource to create new assets, marketing through social media is becoming an important part of the strategy to reach our audiences.
Coordinated by…

Harrison Street Residence / Scott Allen Architecture

© Aaron Leitz

Architects: Scott Allen Architecture
Location: Issaquah, Washington,
Total Living Area: 4,589 s.f. = 426 sqm
Completion Date: October, 2011
General Contractor: Roberts Wygal, Kirkland, WA
Finish Carpentry: Cavanaugh Custom Homes, Snohomish, WA
Photographs: Aaron Leitz Photography

AD Classics: Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto

© Nico Saieh

Soon after the passing of his wife in 1949, Alto began the design for a summer getaway for himself on the western shore of island Muuratsalo, . Through the process of designing the house, it became an experimental study of materiality, architecture construction and philosophies.

More on ‘s Experimental House after the break.


Conversion of Mies van der Rohe Gas Station / Les Architectes FABG

© Steve Montpetit

Architects: Les Architectes FABG – Éric Gauthier
Location: 201 rue Berlioz, Verdun, Québec,
Client: Arrondissement de Verdun
Design Team: Marc Paradis, Dominique Potvin, Jaime Lopez, Steve Montpetit
Engineers: Aecom
Builder: Norgéreq
Cost: 1.4 M $
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Interview: Stephen Bates on Education, Research and Practice in Architecture

In this interview by and Esther Schevers, Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates architects discusses how education is tied to exploration and research. As a professor at TU Munich, each semester offers an opportunity to take on new themes in architecture that allow him to break conventions that come up in practice and are oftentimes associated with the ways in which his students have been taught.  More discussion after the break.

Cafe 501 / Elliott + Associates Architects

© Scott McDonald

Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, OK,
Project Team: Rand Elliott, FAIA; David Ketch, AIA
Client: Pete and Sheree Holloway
Completed: September 2010
Scope: 5,400 sqm
Photographs: Scott McDonald

Amareleja Photovoltaic Central / Quadrante Arquitectura


Architecture: Quadrante Arquitectura – JoãoRainha Castro
Location: Moura,
Collaborators: João Rainha Castro_Sílvia Morais
Promoter/Client: Amper Central Solar, SA / Acciona Solar
Construction Year: 2008-2010
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Video: Olympic Velodrome

The hot favourite for the annual 16th RIBA Stirling Prize, Hopkins Architects’ 2012 Olympics Velodrome is a hyperbolic structure with an impressive double-curved, ultra light roof covered in red cedar and inspired by the race tracks. Alongside aesthetic considerations, the Velodrome is constructed with utmost care for eco-sustainability. chats to engineers Andrew Weir at Expedition Engineering and Klaus Bode at BDSP to hear about how they created one of the Olympic Park’s most complete structures.

House In Souto / Nelson Resende


Architects: Nelson Resende
Location: Rua de Violetas, 125, Cabomonte, Souto, ,
Completion: 2011
Structures: Miguel Pinho, Civil Engineer
Infrastructure: Miguel Pinho, Engineer
Electrical Infrastructures: António Amorim, Electrical Engineer
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


ASM International World Headquarters Renovation / The Chesler Group and Dimit Architects

© Jeff Goldberg ESTO

The ASM International World Headquarters, originally constructed in 1959, is an architectural composition by two influential designers during the mid-twentieth century: John Terence Kelly, who studied under Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius, and R. , well known for his geodesic domes, environmentally-conscious designs and the dymaxion car.  The complex includes the building, dome and garden on the 45-acre site known as Materials Park.  The renovation, led by The Chesler Group and Dimit Architectsbrings new life to Kelly’s building.  According to Architectural Record, (Snapshot, Laura Raskin), Michael Chesler of The Chesler Group, campaigned to salvage the architectural marvel, giving it a place in the National Register of Historic Places and using tax credits to fund the renovation.

Pictures and details of the renovation after the break.

Techne: The Eco-School

Fence constructed from onsite, reclaimed boards, image by author

There are a lot of different approaches to making buildings more efficient with finite resources, and some of them have been highlighted in this series. Strategies like green roofs, passive heating and cooling, as well as more advanced technologies like newer materials to fabricate solar panels, are all important developments. And as we have seen, different architects and designers have deployed these strategies successfully. Most often, however, these strategies are just applied to a single building. It’s rare that an entire campus will be built using multiple strategies that try to re-use, preserve, and even incorporate such approaches into the curriculum.

Enter Muse, located in Calabasas, California. The brainchild of actress Suzy Amis Cameron and rebuilt by Ecovations, a design/construction/consulting firm, the exemplifies a sustainable approach on a grander scale.

Forming Playscapes: What Schools Can Learn from Playgrounds

The Children Activity and Learning Centre by Architecture by 24H > architecture, a dome-like structure which offers different entertainment areas and semi-private, lofted spaces. © Kiattipong Panchee & Boris Zeisser

Let’s begin with the obvious: kids like to climb, and run, and get their hands on anything that could (and probably will) break. They like to explore and imagine, create and destroy and create again.

Thankfully, a movement in the world of has begun to account for this reality (see:Ken Robinson’s seminal 2007 TedTalk), to leave behind the antiquated schema that children are little adults, and to engage students’ creativity, energy, and need for expression – a task often complicated by the physical constraints of a traditional classroom.

When designing a classroom, architects are keenly aware of the importance of the physical conditions of a learning environment (temperature, crowding, even permeability to the community) on a child’s psyche. [1] However, as much as we depend upon studies to help us design the “correct” environment, what we ultimately need is a practical, playful perspective that understands what excites and engages children.

We need a source of inspiration. To look at spaces that welcome interaction with the environment and encourage the free reign of energy and imagination. We need the playground.

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy / JGMA

Courtesy of JGMA

Architects: JGMA 
Location: , Illinois,
Architect of Record: Ghafari Associates
Completion Date: September 2011
Owner: Instituto del Progreso Latino (IPL)
Design Team: Juan Gabriel Moreno, Cosmin Vrajitoru, Jason Nuttelman, John Rausch, David Ruffing, Linda Chavez, Michael Cady
Design Builder: McShane Construction
Project Area: 100,000 sf
Photographs: Courtesy of JGMA


ICEHOTEL / Art & Design Group

Photo: Leif Milling . Artists: Wilfred Stijger and Edith Van De Wetering

Located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in northern 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, ICEHOTEL may be the epitomy of ephemeral and temporal architecture. The world’s first and largest hotel built out of snow and ice is an inhabitable work of art that takes on a new form each year. The existence of the ICEHOTEL is entirely reliant upon the climate and Torne River, from which the 4000 tonnes of ice are harvested each year between March and April. The architecture is a form of exhibition as well. Each year artists are handpicked to design and build the Art Suites within the ICEHOTEL. The whole process invoved about 100 people and is constructed between November and December.