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ArchDaily's 2019 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

15:40 - 18 February, 2019
ArchDaily's 2019 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

2018 marked a banner year for ArchDaily. Our global audience has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, taking advantage of the nearly 40,000 new articles and 4300 projects added to our site. We are proud and excited to reach readers in every corner of the world, and we savor the opportunity to continue sharing the inspiration, knowledge, and tools needed to design a positive urbanizing world.

We recently shared with our readers the trends that will define the field of architecture in 2019. We are able to confidently identify these trends, not just because of our experience in reporting on them but also due to our data-driven approach. We are committed to listening to and sharing the interests of our readers - and no effort exemplifies this better than our annual Building of the Year awards.

The 2019 edition of BOTY, presented in partnership with Unreal Engine, is a particularly exciting one for ArchDaily, as it marks ten consecutive years of our flagship award program. With the Building of the Year award, we ask you, the reader, to share in the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects making an impact in the profession. In sharing your opinion, you become part of an unbiased and representative network of jurors and peers that have been dedicated to elevating the most relevant projects in the profession of the past decade.

Over the next three weeks, your collective wisdom will whittle the more than 4,000 projects published in the last year to just 15 stand-outs––the best project in each category on ArchDaily.

This is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2019 Building of the Year Awards!

OPEN Architects' Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architects' Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section. Image © OPEN Architects
Cross section. Image © OPEN Architects

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architects’ Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

Outdoor stage. Image © OPEN Architects Great wall viewing platform. Image © OPEN Architects Outdoor concert. Image © OPEN Architects Exterior view. Image © OPEN Architects + 14

The Beauty in the Imperfections of Ruins in Architecture

04:00 - 19 February, 2019
The Beauty in the Imperfections of Ruins in Architecture, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© Erica Overmeer © Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill © Philip Vile © Erich Spahn + 17

If walls could speak, they would have the most stories to tell - stories of antiquity, war, scandal, and reconciliation. Approaches to preservation are as varied as the architects behind them, but many take on the challenge with flair and restraint in equal measure. It is common to see preservation that combines ancient structure with contemporary features, creating beautiful combinations of old and new.

Take a look at some architectures from our projects database that highlight the beauty in the imperfections of ruins and great combinations of used and new materials.

This collection is one of many interesting content groupings made by our registered users. Remember you can save and manage what inspires you on My ArchDaily. Create your account here.

Casa De Masi / Toti Semerano

03:00 - 19 February, 2019
Casa De Masi / Toti Semerano, © Stefano Zanardi
© Stefano Zanardi

© Nicolò Gandolfi © Stefano Zanardi © Stefano Zanardi © Stefano Zanardi + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Casarano, Italy
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Toti Semerano
  • Design Team

    Stefano Antonello, Giuseppe Apollonio, Mauro Aschedamini, Carolina Bozzi Colonna, Valeria Crasto, Luigi Cremonesi, Ludovica Fava, Iride Filoni, Clémentine Gautreau, Joao Loureiro, Marta Montinari, Andrea Piscopo, Sergio Rollo, Simone Romaro, Giuseppe Scarabello, Gunar Thom, Caterina Zaccaria, Stefano Zanardi, Salvatore Musarò, Stefano Sabato
  • Area

    4042.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Extension Grieder-Swarovski / Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten

02:00 - 19 February, 2019
Extension Grieder-Swarovski / Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck + 18

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LAGI 2019: Design the Future of Renewable Energy

02:00 - 19 February, 2019
LAGI 2019: Design the Future of Renewable Energy, Light Up, by NH Architecture, Ark Resources, John Bahoric Design, and RMIT architecture students is the winner of the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Melbourne, and generates 2,220 MWh of clean energy.
Light Up, by NH Architecture, Ark Resources, John Bahoric Design, and RMIT architecture students is the winner of the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Melbourne, and generates 2,220 MWh of clean energy.

The LAGI 2019 competition offers designers and creatives the opportunity to re-imagine energy infrastructure and demonstrate the beauty of a 100% renewable world.

Gwangmyeong YMCA Byeopssi School / JYA-RCHITECTS

01:00 - 19 February, 2019
Gwangmyeong YMCA Byeopssi School / JYA-RCHITECTS, © Hwang Hyochel
© Hwang Hyochel

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Y © Hwang Hyochel + 57

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Won Youmin, Jo Janghee
  • Area

    904.27 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Ring / Life Style Koubou

00:00 - 19 February, 2019
Ring / Life Style Koubou, © Nao Takahashi
© Nao Takahashi

© Nao Takahashi © Nao Takahashi © Nao Takahashi © Nao Takahashi + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukushima, Japan
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Kotaro Anzai, Life style Koubou
  • Other Participants

    Kenji Nawa, NAWAKENJI-M
  • Area

    216.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Dough & CO / Tomi Atelier Architecs

23:00 - 18 February, 2019
Dough & CO / Tomi Atelier Architecs, © Xaysavath Sommaly
© Xaysavath Sommaly

© Xaysavath Sommaly © Xaysavath Sommaly © Xaysavath Sommaly © Xaysavath Sommaly + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    WJCF+6R, Vientiane, Laos
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Vannavong Sithammarath
  • Team Members

    Leekeng Thor, Chansouk Tonxanaxai, Xaysavath Sommaly
  • Area

    152.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

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House-K / Atelier KUKKA Architects

21:00 - 18 February, 2019
House-K / Atelier KUKKA Architects, © HIROKAZU TOUWAKU
© HIROKAZU TOUWAKU

© HIROKAZU TOUWAKU © HIROKAZU TOUWAKU © HIROKAZU TOUWAKU © HIROKAZU TOUWAKU + 17

Institute at School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada / MO-OF

20:00 - 18 February, 2019
Institute at School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada  / MO-OF, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Survey No.4, 4, ITI Rd, Krishna Nagar, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520008, India
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Shantanu Poredi, Manisha Agarwal
  • Design Team

    Shivani Shedde, Shweta Sethi, Richa Raut, Pathik Joshi, Akshay Surana, P Vijay, Rushabh Chheda, Vatsal Upadhyaya, Chintan Shah, Vamsee Janardhan, Tanuj Jain , Nidhi Kacholia, Kunal Mokasdar
  • Area

    38588.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Nanshanli Hotel / Linjian Design Studio

19:00 - 18 February, 2019
Nanshanli Hotel / Linjian Design Studio, roof. Image © Yang Zhao
roof. Image © Yang Zhao

after renovation. Image © Yang Zhao guest rooms north elevation. Image © Yang Zhao © Yang Zhao © Yang Zhao + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Category

  • Leading Architect

    Yang Zhao
  • Design Team

    Sitong Ma, Ji Guan, Zijun Wang, Jiawen Song, Chengkai Cai
  • Area

    4680.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

SLD Residence / Davidov Partners Architects

17:00 - 18 February, 2019
SLD Residence / Davidov Partners Architects, © Veeral Patel
© Veeral Patel

© Veeral Patel © Veeral Patel © Veeral Patel © Veeral Patel + 20

From Digital to Built: Six Experimentations With Brick

16:30 - 18 February, 2019
From Digital to Built: Six Experimentations With Brick, © TEM 2015
© TEM 2015

Argentine firm Estudio Arzubialde and Chilean architect Verónica Arcos led a Material Experimentation Workshop in Rosario, Argentina, during which six different groups of students designed and built projects using a variety of brick laying techniques.

Each project used different brick patterns based on simple rules, resulting in a structure with a certain degree of geometric complexity. 

© TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 + 38

Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

16:00 - 18 February, 2019
Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, © James Brittain
© James Brittain

© James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pincourt, Quebec, Canada
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Peter Broughton, Bruce Allen, Dalton Kaun, Etienne Lemay, Izak Bridgman, Rimon Soliman, Jonny Leger, Matthew Bishop
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Self+ / Kube Arquitetura

14:00 - 18 February, 2019
Self+ / Kube Arquitetura, © João Magnus
© João Magnus

© João Magnus © João Magnus © João Magnus © João Magnus + 11

  • Architect

  • Location

    Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Juliana Neves
  • Team

    Bárbara Mingozzi, Carolina Magoga, Ivna Reis, Lucia Santoro, Raphaela Fogaça
  • Area

    42.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

New National Museum of Finland in Helsinki Architecture Competition

13:15 - 18 February, 2019
New National Museum of Finland in Helsinki Architecture Competition

Uusi Kansallinen (in English: the New National) is a two-stage, open ideas architecture competition for the design of an Annex to the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The competition has been jointly organized by the Finnish Heritage Agency, the National Museum of Finland and Senate Properties.

The new Annex will facilitate the production of large-scale and technically demanding exhibitions for the National Museum of Finland. In addition to exhibitions, its multi-use, easily adaptable spaces will be well suited for a diverse range of cultural, art and recreational events, conferences and other functions.

A maximum prize pool of EUR 220,000 is available for prizes.

SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

13:00 - 18 February, 2019
SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing, Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne
Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

Interior beam structure of Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Existing Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Proposed Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Courtesy of SquareOne + 10

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