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Announcing the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

00:00 - 14 January, 2014

Dear readers,

For the 5th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Building of the Year Awards.

During the past year our network of architectural knowledge has grown intensely. Not only did we reach over 300,000 daily visitors; almost 70 million page views per month; 160,000 followers on Twitter; 105,000 followers on Instagram; and more than a million fans on Facebook, but, moreover, our local versions - ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura - have grown exponentially as well.

This means that ArchDaily is now reaching every corner of the globe - and in many different formats. From the many lectures and events we attended this year to the launch of our new mobile version (which puts ArchDaily in pockets everywhere), we’re doing everything possible to spread our content - and our mission - around the world.

Which is why the Building of the Year Awards continue to be so important for us. As our audience has grown, so has your collective voice.The Building of the Year Awards are our chance to hear it. This is when you - whether you’re from the smallest town in Africa or the largest city in China - get to identify and recognize the most impactful/meaningful/inspiring project that was published on ArchDaily during the past year. This is an opportunity to tap into our global readership’s collective intelligence; an opportunity for you to judge over 3,500 projects from around the world, according to criteria and priorities that are important to you.

Click here to nominate your favorite projects

Full rules, including how your vote could win you an iPad Mini, after the break:

The Indicator: Solitude Lost

00:00 - 14 January, 2014
The Indicator: Solitude Lost, Photograph of the Division of Classification and Cataloging, 1937. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, the National Archives and Records Administration
Photograph of the Division of Classification and Cataloging, 1937. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, the National Archives and Records Administration

You see it all the time. You walk into a firm and there, in the often open hangar-like space, you see a sea of people at their computers with headphones on, attempting to maintain their own sense of space in the face of pervasive distractions and the constant white noise of the studio environment. While it can be inspiring to see and hear everything that is going on in a creative office, and while it is healthy to engage co-workers, there are times when people need to “tune out”. But the space of headphones can not equate the true space of being alone and quiet.

City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects Exhibition

00:00 - 14 January, 2014
City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects Exhibition, Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects
Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles presents City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects. The exhibition opens with a reception and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 29, and Steven Holl will give a public lecture on Thursday evening, January 30. The exhibition runs through March 9, 2014.

This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models and construction documents. Also featured are short videos of the built works. The exhibition is arranged chronologically from 2002-2013 through the rooms of the Schindler House, making physical the journey through a decade of thinking.

House in Restelo / Leonor Duarte Ferreira + pmc arquitectos - Miguel Passos de Almeida e Carlos Sousa Coelho

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Restelo, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Project Architects

    Leonor Duarte Ferreira + pmc arquitectos - Miguel Passos de Almeida e Carlos Sousa Coelho
  • Collaborators

    Irene Cunha e Carmo Caldeira
  • Project Area

    690.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Fernando Guerra | FG+SG , Courtesy of Leonor Duarte Ferreira + pmc arquitectos - Miguel Passos de Almeida e Carlos Sousa Coelho

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +18

CSC House / MMX

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
CSC House / MMX, Courtesy of MMX
Courtesy of MMX

Courtesy of MMX Courtesy of MMX Courtesy of MMX Courtesy of MMX +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    66350 Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio Del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, Diego Ricalde
  • Project Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi +9

Supertall, Supergreen - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event

00:00 - 14 January, 2014
Supertall, Supergreen - Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event, Tianfu Proposal, Chengdu, China. PHOTO CREDIT: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Tianfu Proposal, Chengdu, China. PHOTO CREDIT: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers. The look of cities is changing as designers and builders realize that the best tall buildings arise from working, as the ancients did, hand in hand with nature. Tapping into the elemental forces of the sun, wind, and water, today’s green skyscrapers are pushing the extreme frontiers of environmental, structural, and creative possibility. That sensibility is also strengthening bonds between architects and engineers who, more than ever, are joining forces to find aesthetically pleasing, environmentally astute solutions.

Gillespies and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Win “Park Russia” Masterplan

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Gillespies and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Win “Park Russia” Masterplan, © Gillespies LLP
© Gillespies LLP

A team led by London-based masterplanners Gillespies has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design the largest theme park in Europe. Planned for a 1,000-hectare site in the Domodevdovo district of Moscow, “Park Russia” aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one commercially attractive tourist destination.

The winning Cushman & Wakefield-led UK consortium includes architectural design firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, engineer Buro Happold, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall and place makers Fourth Street.

Research and Production Plant for Pharmaceutical and Food Products / Ramón Fernández-Alonso

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Research and Production Plant for Pharmaceutical and Food Products  / Ramón Fernández-Alonso, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso © Fernando Alda  Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso +15

Milan Expo 2015: Foster Unveils Design for UAE Pavilion

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Foster Unveils Design for UAE Pavilion, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have unveiled the design for the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Designed to evoke the experience of walking through UAE’s ancient communities, the elongated site will be transformed into a contemporary reinterpretation of a desert city. Passive principles, such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells, are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification. These strategies are all designed to support the pavilion’s many dining areas, which embrace the Expo’s overarching theme “Feeding the Planet” by serving a taste of modern Emirarti cuisine. 

“We are very proud to be chosen again to create the national pavilion for the UAE,” stated Norman Foster. “Our challenge has been to design for two climates – to create a naturally cool, comfortable space for visitors in Milan, while considering the pavilion’s ultimate reconstruction in the Emirates, where there is a need to provide shade from the intense sun.”

Libeskind Reveals Timber Physics Building for Durham University

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Libeskind Reveals Timber Physics Building for Durham University , Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has released images of a new “landmark” building planned for Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in England. The £10 million facility, which will house the industry-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology and Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, was awarded to Libeskind after the New York-based architect won a competition for the project last July. When completed in 2015, the timber building is expected to “complement” the traditional buildings that surround it while serving as an exemplar for sustainable design. 

Cumbres House / T SIETE - Taller de Arquitectura

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Cumbres House / T SIETE - Taller de Arquitectura, Courtesy of T Siete
Courtesy of T Siete

Courtesy of T Siete Courtesy of T Siete Courtesy of T Siete Courtesy of T Siete +22

Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters / Christopher Benninger

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters / Christopher Benninger , © A. Ramprasad Naidu
© A. Ramprasad Naidu

© A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu +21

The Esplanade / Finnis Architects

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
The Esplanade / Finnis Architects, © Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

© Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
  • Architecture and Interior Design

    Finnis Architects
  • Builder

    Progressive Properties
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Cantagua Residence / Raimundo Anguita

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Cantagua Residence / Raimundo Anguita , © Oliver Llaneza
© Oliver Llaneza

© Oliver Llaneza © Oliver Llaneza © Oliver Llaneza © Oliver Llaneza +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Raimundo Anguita , Elvira Guillon
  • Structural Engineer

    Rene Lagos & Asociates
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Darco Micerda
  • General Contractor

    Daniel Alemparte
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Container Project / H²O Arquitetura

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Container Project / H²O Arquitetura, © Guilherme Rebelo
© Guilherme Rebelo

© Guilherme Rebelo © Guilherme Rebelo © Guilherme Rebelo © Guilherme Rebelo +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tatuapé, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Aleksandro Almeida, Anselmo Oliveira Jr.
  • Artist

    Anselmo Oliveira Jr
  • Project Area

    46 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

OASE #91: "Building Atmosphere" With Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa

00:00 - 14 January, 2014
OASE #91: "Building Atmosphere" With Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa, Courtesy of OASE
Courtesy of OASE

In OASE's 91st editionBuilding Atmospheres, the elusive craft of creating, capturing and understanding 'atmosphere' in architecture is explored in a carefully chosen collection of themed essays by Peter ZumthorJuhani Pallasmaa and philosopher Gernot Böhme. Zumthor, famous for his 1996 text Atmospheres, identifies and discusses "a series of themes that play a role in his work in achieving architectonic atmosphere". Alongside this, the OASE team have visited his studio and interviewed him about the current relevance of his writing and how he captures 'atmosphere' in his design process. 

MTY House / BGP Arquitectura

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
MTY House / BGP Arquitectura , © BGP Arquitectura
© BGP Arquitectura

© BGP Arquitectura © BGP Arquitectura © BGP Arquitectura © BGP Arquitectura +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, Luis Enrique Mendoza
  • Project Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    BGP Arquitectura