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The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

09:30 - 16 February, 2017
The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

After two weeks of nominations and voting, last week we announced the 16 winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards. In addition to providing inspiration, information, and tools for architecture lovers from around the world, ArchDaily seeks to offer a platform for the many diverse and global voices in the architecture community. In this year's Building of the Year Awards that range of voices was once again on display, with 75,000 voters from around the world offering their selections to ultimately select 16 winners from over 3,000 published projects.

Behind each of those projects are years of research, design, and labor. In the spirit of the world's most democratic architecture award, we share the stories behind the 16 buildings that won over our global readership with their urban interventions, humanitarianism, playfulness, and grandeur.

Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 9 February, 2017
Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG's first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron's long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico's off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO's organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

COBE Designs Housing and Culinary Experiences to be Built on Top of Copenhagen Metro Station

12:00 - 22 November, 2016
COBE Designs Housing and Culinary Experiences to be Built on Top of Copenhagen Metro Station, Courtesy of COBE
Courtesy of COBE

The City of Frederiksberg, along with Real-dania By and Byg Foundation have selected a team led by Danish architects COBE to develop the "House of Food Culture." The project will be constructed on top of the new metro stations in Copenhagen's new Metro City Ring. The House of Food Culture and its townhouses will be built in brick, imitating the neighbouring facade lines and keeping with the style of the historic surroundings.

The House of Food Culture is to be built on top of the entrance to the forthcoming metro station that will host a daily flow of 10,000 people, while focusing on making it the focal point for urban life and a central meeting place. 

Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE +11

COBE Designs Huge Public Pool and Waterfall for New Harbor District in Cologne

12:15 - 29 September, 2016
COBE Designs Huge Public Pool and Waterfall for New Harbor District in Cologne, © COBE and Beauty and the Bit
© COBE and Beauty and the Bit

Danish firm COBE has been announced as the winner of a competition for the revitalization of Deutzer Hafen, the harbor district of Cologne, Germany. Unanimously selected over proposals from Lorenzen, Diener & Diener Architekten, Scheuvens + Wachten, and Trint + Kreuder dna, the winning design will transform the old industrial harbor into a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood through the addition of a new city landmark: a new public pool and huge waterfall at the end of the harbor.

The pool will be sustained through environmentally-friendly methods, utilizing collected rainwater and excess heat expelled from buildings to provide the public with an exciting new attraction.

© COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE and Beauty and the Bit © COBE +4

Brand New Island in Copenhagen Will Act as "Stepping Stone" Between Two Neighborhoods

12:00 - 17 September, 2016
Brand New Island in Copenhagen Will Act as "Stepping Stone" Between Two Neighborhoods, Courtesy of COBE, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and Sted
Courtesy of COBE, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and Sted

Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects has lead a team comprised of COBE, Sted, and Rambøll in the design of a brand new island in Copenhagen's harbor. Situated in the Kronløb water basin in Nordhavn, the monolithic presence of the Kronløb Island references the geological processes by which the topography of Denmark was formed. The floating new district will include parking facilities, housing, and public spaces. 

MVRDV and COBE's Museum of Rock Opens in the Danish City of Roskilde

04:00 - 29 April, 2016
MVRDV and COBE's Museum of Rock Opens in the Danish City of Roskilde, © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST Studio - COBE and MVRDV
© Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST Studio - COBE and MVRDV

A new museum dedicated to rock, pop and youth culture will open today in the Danish city of Roskilde. Designed collaboratively by Dutch-based practice MVRDV and Copenhagen-based COBE Ragnarock, as it is to be known, has been described by its designers as "oozing rock’n’roll attitude, with its golden exterior and velvety red interior." The museum is part of ROCKmagneten, a masterplan for the site of a former concrete factory which COBE and MVRDV won together in 2011. The area has since been designated as a creative and cultural neighborhood and the museum, which is now at the heart of this transformation, is set to be open to the public all year round.

COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park"

14:00 - 17 November, 2015
COBE and Lundén Architecture Envision Transformation of Helsinki's Töölönlahti Bay into "Citizens' Park", © COBE and Lundén Architecture
© COBE and Lundén Architecture

COBE and Lundén Architecture, the Danish-Finnish collaboration that has previously worked together on Tampere's Transport Hub, has revealed a plan to revitalize the Töölönlahti bay area in central Helsinki. Completed for the Finnish creative marketing agency N2, the proposal is a vision of what the area could become after a century of broken promises to clean up the polluted and underutilized area of the city. On their website, N2 estimates that the project would require an investment of €120 million, and if taken up by the government could be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in 2017.

© COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © COBE and Lundén Architecture © Luxigon +10

COBE's Adaptive Reuse of Nordhavnen Silo Marks Beginning of Redevelopment

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
© COBE
© COBE

Danish firm COBE is transforming the largest industrial building in Nordhavnen - a silo - into an apartment building with both private and public functions. For COBE, who also created the urban development plans for Nordhavnen, this project marks the beginning of the post-industrial area's future. Nordhavnen is a harbor area located only 4km from Copenhagen's city centre.

 "The exciting thing about old industrial property is how to preserve their soul and at the same time use them for something else," said Klaus Kastbjerg, the owner of the silo, commenting on the adaptive reuse project. To preserve the soul of the silo, the architects will maintain a raw industrial feeling on the interior. Each of the 40 retrofitted apartments will contain visible historic remnants such as existing concrete columns and walls.

Keep reading after the break for more information and images...

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

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre, © Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
© Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI

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 Kontur, 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.

Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal / COBE + NORD Architects

11:00 - 8 November, 2012
Courtesy of COBE, NORD Architects, PK3 and Grontmij
Courtesy of COBE, NORD Architects, PK3 and Grontmij

Aimed at being a city for kids, the Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal by COBE + NORD Architects, in collaboration with PK3 and Grontmij, will be the largest daycare center in all of Denmark. It also presents a big challenge – how to avoid creating a daycare factory when building an institution for so many users. Their design is not just one huge building, but rather a cluster of many small and varied buildings, grouped around two central streets that connect to the surrounding city structure. Like Copenhagen, it has different neighborhoods, different houses, different public spaces, squares and parks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

COBE Awarded Nykredit's Architecture Prize 2012

04:00 - 19 May, 2012
Nørreport Train Station - Courtesy of COBE
Nørreport Train Station - Courtesy of COBE

Skandinavia’s largest architecture prize, Nykredit’s Architecture Prize of DKK 500,000, is this year awarded to the architectural practice COBE based in Copenhagen represented by architect, Dan Stubbergaard. In its choice the jury emphasised the fact that COBE spans the full professional spectrum from minor construction and urban space design to strategic planning and research. Currently, COBE is most renowned for the design and realisation of the new Nørreport Train Station and is currently detailing the development of the Nordhavn harbour area – one of Scandinavia’s largest and most ambitious metropolitan development projects, says the chairman of the prize jury, Mette Kynne Frandsen, Architect and CEO.