Selected by votes from over 31,000 architects and architecture enthusiasts around the world, the winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards represent the best architecture of the past year. By using the intelligence of the crowd to judge over 3,000 entrants the awards provide a refreshing antidote to the decisions of expert juries. As a result the winners include Pritzker Prize winners such as Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and Shigeru Ban, but also up-and-coming practices such as OTO, sporaarchitects and EFFEKT, and even dynamic collaborations such as the housing complex designed by a team of CEBRA, JDS, SeARCH and Louis Paillard Architects.
With 14 winners, designed by a total of 18 practices and built in 12 countries across 5 continents, the process of recognizing these stunning buildings was truly a global effort. Learn more about the 2015 BOTY Awards and this year’s winners by checking out our AD original infographic, presented by ArchDaily and our partners at HP, after the break.
With our annual Building of the Year Awards, over 30,000 readers narrowed down over 3,000 projects, selecting just 14 as the best examples of architecture that ArchDaily has published in the past year. The results have been celebrated and widely shared, of course, usually in the form of images of each project. But what is often forgotten in this flurry of image sharing is that every one of these 14 projects has a backstory of significance which adds to our understanding of their architectural quality.
Some of these projects are intelligent responses to pressing social issues, others are twists on a well-established typology. Others still are simply supreme examples of architectural dexterity. In order that we don’t forget the tremendous amount of effort that goes into creating each of these architectural masterpieces, continue reading after the break for the 14 stories that defined this year’s Building of the Year Awards.
After two weeks of nominations and voting, we are pleased to present the winners of the 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, the results shown here represent the collective intelligence of 31,000 architects, filtering the best architecture from over 3,000 projects featured on ArchDaily during the past year.
The winning buildings represent a diverse group of architects, from Pritzker Prize winners such as Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and Shigeru Ban, to up-and-coming practices such as EFFEKT and Building which have so far been less widely covered by the media. In many cases their designs may be the most visually striking, but each also approaches its context and program in a unique way to solve social, environmental or economic challenges in communities around the world. By publishing them on ArchDaily, these buildings have helped us to impart inspiration and knowledge to architects around the world, furthering our mission. So to everyone who participated by either nominating or voting for a shortlisted project, thank you for being a part of this amazing process, where the voices of architects from all over the world unite to form one strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.
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.
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!
2014 was a great year at ArchDaily. As we grow to over 350,000 daily readers, our global network is leveling access to architectural knowledge, fostering an ongoing exchange between professionals from diverse locations and backgrounds. We are now able to see a new regionalism appearing, giving identity to emerging countries, and becoming a source of fresh ideas and innovations in the world of architecture.
For the 6th consecutive year it will be your task to recognize and reward the projects that are making an impact on the profession. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past five years. During the next three weeks this collective intelligence formed by ArchDaily’s readership will filter the 3,000 projects up for nomination– choosing the ones that stand out due to their spatial, material, social, and technical innovations.
Our partners HP will generously give the three most-voted practices the latest HP Designjet ePrinters - wirelessly connected plotters that give you the freedom to print from anywhere. See rules below more details.
Now it is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2015 Building of the Year Awards (plus, you’ll have a chance to win an iPad).
Full rules below:
During the next 3 weeks, you’ll be in charge of nominating buildings (in fourteen categories) for the shortlist, and then voting for the winners of each category. We will guide you through these stages accordingly.
During the nominating stage, each registered user of the My ArchDaily platform will have the chance to nominate one project (published between Jan 1st 2014 and Dec 31st 2014) per category. This stage starts on Jan 20th and ends on Jan 27th at 11:59PM EST. After this, five projects per category will move into the voting stage, starting January 28th and ending on February 4th at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be announced on February 5th, 2015.
We will give away two iPad Air 2 and two iPad Mini 2 (16GB WiFi, Space Grey, White, or Gold) to four lucky MyArchDaily users who participate in the nominating/voting process. Each nomination/vote will give you a chance in the draw – plus, you’ll get more chances if you invite people to vote (using the link that we will give you after you vote). One iPad Air and one iPad Mini will be given during the nomination stage, and the rest during the final stage.
Thanks to our friends at HP, the firm behind the project that receives the most votes overall will win an HP T520 Designjet T520 ePrinter, and the second and third most voted practices will receive an HP T120 Designjet ePrinter.
- All buildings published between Jan 1st 2014 and Dec 31st 2014 under the following categories are eligible for this award: Houses, Housing, Healthcare Architecture, Industrial Architecture, Educational Architecture, Sports Architecture, Cultural Architecture, Hospitality Architecture, Refurbishment, Offices, Interiors Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Public Architecture, and Religious Architecture.
- By submitting their works to ArchDaily for publication, offices agree to enter this competition and to be present on the promotional material.
- Authorship and copyright of each project belong to the offices and architects mentioned on each project’s page.
- The nomination process starts on January 20th and ends January 27th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The voting round starts on January 28th and ends February 4th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The winners will be announced on February 5th, 2015.
- Only registered users of the My ArchDaily platform can nominate/vote.
- Anyone can register on the My ArchDaily platform to nominate/vote. To do so, you must follow the registration link and complete the required steps to become a registered user (or use your existing My ArchDaily account).
- To register you must use a valid email address. Votes coming from users without a valid email address will be removed.
- You can only nominate/vote for one building per category.
- Offices and architects are encouraged to promote their works for voting, but no monetary or virtual gift compensation should be offered. You can use the following links:
First stage: Nominations
- Starting January 20th, 2015, registered users will be able to nominate their favorite project for each of the 14 categories included in the Awards. One nomination per category.
- Nomination ends on January 27th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- The five projects with the most nominations for each category will move on to the voting round.
Second stage: Voting
- On January 28th, 2015, we will update the platform with the shortlisted projects and registered users will be able to vote for their favorite project among the finalists.
- Users can vote for one project per category.
- The voting round will end February 4th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.
- Winners of each category will be announced on ArchDaily’s home page on February 5th, 2015.
- Winners of each category will receive a physical award from ArchDaily, delivered to their offices.
- Of all the 14 winners (one per category), 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. HP will contact the winners after the announcement to coordinate the delivery.
- The 5 finalists and the winners of each category can use the respective title for their own purposes. ArchDaily will provide promotional material.
You could win an iPad
- We will give away two iPad Air 2 and two iPad Mini 3, one each during each stage of the award (16GB, WiFi). Winners can choose color (Space Grey, White, or Gold).
- Every registered user who votes in the first stage of nominations will automatically enter for a chance to win one of the iPad Air 2 or one of the iPad Mini 3; every registered user who votes in the second stage of voting will automatically enter for a chance to win one of the iPad Air 2 or one of the iPad Mini 3.
- If you participated in the first stage, and were the winner of an iPad, you are still eligible to participate in the Second Stage with the possibility of winning another iPad.
- Each time someone uses the share link obtained after your vote, you will get an additional chance to participate in the draw.
- The winners of each iPad will be announced after each round.
- ArchDaily will be responsible for notifying the winners, confirm the color, and shipping the prize to the winners, but won’t cover any additional costs related to local taxes, customs, etc.
- All data the data of registered users will be kept private and will not be shared with 3rd parties.
- After each stage, all nominations/votes will be checked. Votes submitted by fake/invalid registrations will be remove. All attempts to abuse the system, such as creating dummy accounts, suspicious behavior from individual IPs addresses or any other techniques to generate nominations/votes in automated ways will be logged and reviewed for removal.
- ArchDaily reserves the right to analyze the data during every stage of the Awards in order to ensure a fair process.
- All questions should be sent to David Basulto, director of the awards, through our contact form.
The winners of the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards represent not just an amazing group of buildings, but the best architecture of today. Over four weeks, over 60,000 ArchDaily readers selected 14 stunning winners by up-and-coming architects, like FT Architects, who constructed an intricate Sports facility from locally sourced timber, leaders in community design, like Auburn University’s Rural Studio, who designed and built a civic space for an Alabama community, internationally recognized offices such as BIG, WOHA, and Aires Mateus, and more.
We are happy to present the winners of the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, a peer-based, crowdsourced, architecture award where the collective intelligence of 60,000 architects filter and recognize the best architecture featured on ArchDaily during the past year.
This group of buildings is unique in several aspects, in their spatial qualities and materials, yes, but also in terms of what they represent for the communities they serve. Each of these projects, in their own special way, solve unique social/environmental/economic challenges, and in so doing impart knowledge and inspiration to architects around the world. This is exactly our mission. So thank you, thanks for being a part of this amazing process, where the global voices of architects unite into one, strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.
The practices with the most votes, and therefore the winners of the HP Designjet T520 ePrinter are Auburn University Rural Studio and Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. The winners of the iPad Minis are Alexander Munn and Kirsten Martins.
After an intense week of nominations, the collective intelligence of ArchDaily has evaluated over 3,500 projects and narrowed down the list to 5 finalists per category.
We were very happy to see the level of participation from our readers – over 15,000 individuals expressed what architecture means to them through the buildings they chose.
And we have to congratulate you, as the finalists are outstanding. From all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, ranging from community-built projects to large scale complex programs, these buildings all have one thing in common: excellent architecture that can improve people’s lives.
You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until January 30th, 2014 (read the complete rules).
Remember that the two projects with the most votes will receive an HP Designjet T520 ePrinter, and that we are going to give away two iPad Minis to our readers during the final voting stage.
The winners of the two iPad Minis from the nomination stage are: Shelby Nease and Kristen Johnson (you’ll receive an email shorty).
Make your voice heard – vote for your favorite projects for the 2014 Building of the Year Awards!
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.
Full rules, including how your vote could win you an iPad Mini, after the break:
Over the last year ArchDaily has kept growing, reaching more than 280,000 daily readers and 70 million pageviews per month. But more important than these figures is our mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools for the architects that will face the challenge of improving the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will live in cities in the next 40 years.
After 70,000 votes we are happy to present the winners of the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, a peer based, crowdsourced, architecture award where a collective intelligence of thousands of architects filter and recognise the best architecture featured on AD during the past year.
This group of buildings is unique in several aspects, from their spatial qualities to their structures and materials, but also in terms of what they represent for society and their impact on local communities. Thanks for being a part of this amazing process, where the voices of architects from around the world unite into one, strong, intelligent, forward-thinking, single message.
You can learn more about the process and the physical award in this video.
The practice with most votes, and therefore winner of the HP Designjet T520 ePrinter is TYIN Tegnestue Arkitekter; the second practice with most votes and winner of the HP Designjet T120 ePrinter is Vo Trong Nghia. The winners of the iPad 4th Generation are Francesca Cattaneo and Laurie Sims.
The winners of the ArchDaily 2012 Building of the Year Awards have been announced!
Once again we want to congratulate our readers, as the process has been outstanding. From close to 3,000 projects, the collective intelligence behind ArchDaily has been able to filter a list of amazing finalists, buildings from all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, with a strong common denominator: good architecture that can improve people’s lives.
As the world enters into the hyper urbanization era, our profession becomes crucial. We are proud to be the channel to spread architectural knowledge around the world and, with your help, recognise the buildings that raise the bar in the built world.
In this short video we wanted to share the spirit of the award, the judges and the wooden ArchDaily building crafted with salvaged wood from the deep south of the world, the award that will be sent to all the winning practices as in the previous years .
Thanks to all the practices that share their work with us, and thank you for being part of this amazing process.
After two intense weeks, with 40,000 nominations, the collective intelligence formed by the readers of ArchDaily has scrutinized close to 3,000 projects, creating the shortlist that now moves into the final voting stage.
As in previous years, we have to congratulate our readers, as the finalists are outstanding. Buildings from all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, ranging from social buildings with no budget to state of the art buildings. But they all have something in common: good architecture that can improve people’s lives.
The winners of the iPad Minis that we are giving away during the nomination process are: Sunil Bald and Susana Carls (you’ll receive an email shorty). And remember that we are giving away two iPads during the final voting round!
Meet the finalists:
For the 4th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Building of the Year Awards. During the past year we continued to grow, reaching over 280,000 daily visitors and close to 70 million page views per month. We also expanded our ever-growing network of architects on social media: 640,000 fans on Facebook, 105,000 followers on Twitter, 40,000 followers on Instagram and more than 100,000 photos contributed to our Flickr group.
But ArchDaily is more than numbers. The world faces fundamental problems, related to health, energy, climate, and more. And almost all these problems are related to the built environment.
We launched ArchDaily Mexico this year, which joins ArchDaily, ArchDaily Brasil and Plataforma Arquitectura in our mission to improve the quality of life for the 3 billion people who will live in cities in the next 40 years. How can we do this? By providing the inspiration, tools and knowledge to the architects who will face this challenge. By connecting the traditional hot-spots of architectural production with emerging economies (where a lot of innovation is happening). We believe that, in this way, the constant iteration of architecture will accelerate and result in better and faster solutions to the world’s issues.
That’s why the Building of the Year Awards are so important for us. It is a peer-based award process that identifies and recognizes projects with impact. It will be up to you, the architect, to nominate and choose the winners for each category. It will be up to you to be a part of a collective intelligence that will judge more than 2,700 projects – a scope we think is unprecedented in the world of architecture.
For the next 4 weeks, you’ll be in charge of nominating buildings for the shortlist, and then voting for the winners. We will give away iPad Minis and 4th Generation iPads for voters, and will include amazing plotters (courtesy of our friends from HP) for the firms behind the two projects with the most votes.
Rules at a glance: During the nominating stage, each registered user of the My ArchDaily platform will be able to nominate once per day for their favorite projects (published between Jan 1st 2012 and Dec 31st 2012), the counter resets at midnight EST. This stage starts on Jan 15th and ends on Jan 29th at 11:59PM. After this, five projects per category will move into the voting stage, starting January 30th and ending on February 13th. The winner will be announced on February 14th. Start voting here.
You can review last year’s awarded projects in our free iPad App.
Detailed rules after the break:
We know you’ve been anxiously waiting to have ArchDaily with you everywhere you go – whether on the road or on your couch. Well, we’ve listened, and we’re more than proud to announce the launch of our first iPad application!
Our new FREE App will give you in-depth access to the winners and finalists of The Building Of The Year Award, the most important architecture award in the online world (since 2009). It’s an award that recognizes architects – both established heavyweights and emerging talents – as the best and brightest of today, and they’re all chosen by you, our community of ArchDaily readers. While you’ll have to wait a bit longer until you can vote for your favorite 2012 projects (TBA early 2013), the App offers the perfect distraction: full access to the 2011 winners.
Find out more about our “Building of the Year” App, after the break…
Architects: BIG Architects
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingles for BIG, Julien De Smedt for JDS
Project Architect: Jakob Lange
Project Leader: Finn Nørkjær
Project Manager: Jan Borgstrøm
Construction Manager: Henrick Poulsen
Contributors: Annette Jensen, Dariusz Bojarski, Dennis Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Joao Vieira Costa, Jørn Jensen, Karsten V. Vestergaard, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Leon Rost, Louise Steffensen, Malte Rosenquist, Mia Frederiksen, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Roberto Rosales Salazar, Rong Bin, Sophus Søbye, Søren Lambertsen, Wataru Tanaka
Collaborators: JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS, Moe & Brødsgaard, Freddy Madsen Rådgivende Ingeniører ApS
Client: Høpfner A/S
Engineering: Moe & Brodsgaard
Construction: DS Elcobyg A/S /PH Montage
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 33,000 sqm
Photographs: Dragor Luft, Jacob Boserup, Jens Lindhe, Ulrik Jantzen