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.

S HOUSE 3 / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Architects In Charge: , Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Architect: So Adachi
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 31.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Braunschweig Hortitecture Symposium to Explore Synergies of Architecture and Plant Material

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Starting December 10, the Hortitecture 01 Symposium will kickstart a (free) public lecture series in Braunschweig, Germany, centered around brainstorming synergistic strategies for integrating architecture and vegetal matter. Stefano Boeri, MVRDV and WORKac are among a list of interdisciplinary experts that will join together to offer discussions focused around the exploration of vernacular wisdom and contemporary architectural solutions to sustainable building problems.

Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Principal Architects : Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gremsy, Hiroyuki Oki

Son La Restaurant / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , , Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia
Associate Architect: Vu Van Hai
Architects: Ngo Thuy Duong, Tran Mai Phuong
Contractor: Suoi Hen JSC, Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 1984.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

WAF Unveils Day 2 Award Winners

The 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced its second group of architecture award winners, which included two more awards for Vo Trong Nghia Architects and a Culture award for BIG’s Danish Maritime Museum.

The festival will culminate on Friday with the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year awards, which will be selected by the festival’s ‘super-jury’: Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

The winners of day 1 and 2 were selected from a shortlist that included practices from over 50 countries. Among the  judges was ArchDaily’s very own David Basulto.

This year’s festival is taking place from October 1-3, featuring three days of talks, key-note speakers- including and Richard Rogers -  and networking opportunities.  With “Architects and the City” as the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, the festival will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology.

Click here to view the full shortlist and here for day 1 winners. And read on after the break for the full list of WAF day 2 category winners.

World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Winners

The 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) officially kicked off in Singapore today, and the first group of award winners were unveiled, with Vo Trong Nghia Architects and AECOM among the 16 announced winners.

The winners of the remaining 11 categories will be announced tomorrow, and the festival will culminate on Friday with the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year awards, which will be selected by the festival’s ‘super-jury’: Richard RogersRocco YimJulie EizenbergEnric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

The winners of day 1 were selected from a shortlist that included practices from over 50 countries, and among the judges was ArchDaily’s very own David Basulto.

This year’s festival is taking place from October 1-3, featuring three days of talks, key-note speakers and networking opportunities.  With “Architects and the City” as the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, the festival will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology.

Click here to view the full shortlist and read on after the break for the full list of WAF’s day 1 winners.

S House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , Long An Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 4, “Greening the City”

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“Green architecture helps people live harmoniously with nature and elevates human life by embracing the powers of the sun, wind and water into living space. If the current way of thinking does not change, sooner or later citizens will actually live in concrete jungles,” Vo Trong Nghia says in this week’s episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series. An award-winning Vietnamese architect, Nghia is known for his sustainable and green designs as well as his work with bamboo. In this 25-minute episode, we follow Nghia on his mission to transform Vietnam’s attitude towards architecture and green spaces through his “Vertical Farming City,” and catch a glimpse of his project to implement low-cost housing solutions for Vietnam’s poorest communities in Mekong Delta.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Green Renovation / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , Hoàn Kiếm District, , Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Tran Thi Hang
Project Architects: Ngo Thuy Duong, An Viet Dung
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 387.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Hiroyuki Oki

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Tan Binh District, , Vietnam
Architects In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
Area: 226 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Kontum Indochine Wedding Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Kon Tum province,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa
Contractor: Truong Long JSC, Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 5,524 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

In Progress: Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Đồng Nai,
Principal Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
CFD analysis: Environment Simulation Inc.
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Kontum Indochine Café / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Kontum,
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia
Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC, Truong Long JSC
Area: 551 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Trees Building for ABBANK Proposal / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects the Trees , a branch bank of ABBANK, aims to create a co-existence of the rapid development and abundant nature of the seaside city. Located in Danang, Vietnam, the office uses a classical style with two-storey-height columns dating back to Alberti, which has been typically used for bank buildings all over the world to symbolize their authority and stability. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dai Lai Conference Hall / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa
Contractor: Hong Hac Dai Lai JSC + Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 730 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Low Cost House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Dongnai Hospital, Quyết Thắng, Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province,
Architect In Charge: , Masaaki Iwamoto
Design Team: Kosuke Nishijima
Contractor: wNw House JSC
Client: wNw House JSC
Area: 40.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Stone House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
Contractor: wNw House JSC
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki