The 14 Stories Behind the 2015 Building of the Year Award Winners

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 Awards.

Winners of the 2015 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 Álvaro 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.

Children’s Home / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: Strandgårds Alle, 5300 Kerteminde,
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg + Lykke

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Architects: CEBRA , Glifberg + Lykke
Location: 6100 Haderslev, Denmark
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Løgstør Sports Hall / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: 9670 Logstor, Denmark
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

CEBRA’s Plug‘n Play Arena Advocates Flexibility in Denmark

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CEBRA‘s “Melting Pot,” a multipurpose sports complex conceptualized and shortlisted in an invited competition for Randers, proposes a carefully integrated plug‘n play arena at the edge of the city where the urban, suburban, and natural environment coalesce as a dynamic community focal point.

Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre

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Danish architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov (E+E) and Leth & Gori have won an invited competition to design a large multifunctional sports building in Langvang, Denmark. Competing against teams led by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, CEBRA, COBE and , their winning proposal features a combined sports hall and community centre consisting of a series of multifunctional arenas for activities and events. The scheme also includes a masterplan of the surrounding area centered around sports and recreation.

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

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Architects: CEBRA, JDS, SeARCH, Louis Paillard Architects
Location: Mariane Thomsens Gade, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mikkel Frost, Soeren Kjaer

RebildPorten / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: Rebild,
Area: 540 sqm
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

Næstved Arena Winning Proposal / CEBRA

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Danish architects CEBRA have won the competition to design Arena, a new multipurpose venue for sports, music and culture events in eastern . Located in a green urban pocket, the arena is surrounded by a football stadium and sports hall on one side and a residential area on the other. The 10.000 m2 arena opens new possibilities for attracting national and international events to the region. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014 and has a capacity of 2,500-4,000 spectators, depending on the type of event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: , Denmark
Area: 4,600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association Headquarters & Activity Center Proposal / CEBRA

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CEBRA has gained the support of The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (LOA) for the realization of a new home for ’s Sport Fishing Association in Vingsted, . The 5,489 sq.ft. project will accommodate the association’s administration as well as an activity center for sports fishermen and other visitors to the beautiful surroundings in the Vejle brook valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Grundfos Kollegiet Dormitory / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: ,
Collaboration: Sjælsø, Niras
Client: Engineering College of Aarhus
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of CEBRA

VIDEO: Skidome Denmark – The World’s Biggest Skidome

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As we shared with you earlier last month, Danish architectural firm, CEBRA, in partnership with Ski Travel Agency Danski, is working on a new project of epic proportions: the world’s largest Skidome. Skidome Denmark will be shaped rather like a snow-flake, with three 700m, criss-crossing arches (the tallest one reaching 110 m high). While a structure that size is hard to wrap one’s head around, this cool new gives a great idea of the Skidome’s awesome scale.

More info and images of the World’s Largest Skidome, after the break…

Skidome Denmark / CEBRA

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 Our friends from CEBRA just shared the news of their next endeavor for designing a skidome in , Denmark.  Serving as more than a series of complex slopes for those to enjoy, the project will become the largest skidome in the world.  When viewed in isolation, the massing’s gentle curves and minimalistic exterior treatment read as a subtle strategy to incorporate the slopes; yet, only when seen at the city scale does the project’s 1,000,000+ sqf  (including a hotel, restaurant and shops) allow the viewer to understand the project’s potential urban presence.

More after the break. 

Bulowsvej / CEBRA

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Our friends from CEBRA shared the latest on their newest education .  After being awarded first prize for their proposal, CEBRA has created a school organized by three bands that respond to functional needs of the .  These bands are manifested in a visual manner throughout the school, providing a recognizable way-finder for the children and flexibility for the school’s functions and pedagogical principles.

More after the break. 

Update: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

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We love seeing a project through fruition, and after being introduced to the collaborative vision of the Iceberg for Arhus, , we were anxiously awaiting its construction.  As we have previously shared, the Iceberg, or “Isbjerget” in Danish, was designed as an iconic waterfront marker to invigorate the harbor front’s transformation from a sole industrial entity to a residential and commercial hub.   Construction is swiftly progressing on the four building block, and earlier this week, the team enjoyed the project’s “topping out” ceremony.

More about the Iceberg after the break.

Pulse Park / CEBRA

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Architect: CEBRA
Client: KildebjergRy, Skanderborg Municipality
Location: Ry, Denmark
Project Year: 2011-2012
Size: 24.057 ft²

CEBRA’s latest landscape project situated in Kildebjerg Ry near Arhus, Denmark, is a bit out of the ordinary.  Moving beyond providing flora, walkways and simple playground amenities, the Pulse Park will feature three distinct activity zones that will provide a place for fitness, meditation and play to benefit the residential and business areas nearby.  These zones create an activating framework for physical activities and exercise while forming an integrated part of the surrounding landscape.

More about the park after the break.