The ArchDaily 2021 Building of the Year Awards

2020 was a challenging year for ArchDaily and for all of us. The changes and uncertainty that emerged around the globe allowed us to double down on our mission to provide information, knowledge, and tools to architects, leveling the access to architectural knowledge and working towards a more diverse, equitable profession. This includes the importance of building a community, for which the Building of the Year Awards has always been one of our flagship community-led initiatives.

This is why for the 12th consecutive year, we are tasking our readers with the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects that are making an impact in architecture and in our built environment, with ArchDaily’s 2021 Building of the Year Awards. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past decade. Over the next two weeks, your collective intelligence will filter over 4,500 projects down to just 15 stand-outs for the best in each category on ArchDaily.

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Building in Travessa da Portuguesa / BICA Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 23

  • Architects: BICA Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4036 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Green Pea Retail Park / Acc Naturale Architettura + Negozio Blu Architetti

© Fabio Oggero© Fabio Oggero© Fabio Oggero© Fabio Oggero+ 36

Turin, Italy

Elements House / G&A Evripiotis

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos© Yiorgis Yerolymbos© Yiorgis Yerolymbos© Yiorgis Yerolymbos+ 23

Molos, Greece
  • Architects: G&A Evripiotis
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dornbracht, EXPA, Hager, Miele, LAFARGE GROUP, +2

Frank Lloyd Wright's Civic Center Captured on Film by Skyler Dahan

Skyler Dahan, an LA-based photographer, has captured Frank Lloyd Wright's Civic Center, in Marin County. Shot on Kodak Portra film with a Contax 645 medium format camera, the series of images highlight Frank Lloyd Wright's latest commission. Serving as a justice hall, the project was actually completed by Wright's protégé Aaron Green after the architect’s death.

Courtesy of Skyler DahanCourtesy of Skyler DahanCourtesy of Skyler DahanCourtesy of Skyler Dahan+ 7

House RR / Norell/Rodhe

Courtesy of Norell/Rodhe© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 17

Granlund and Kvarnsjön, Sweden
  • Architects: Norell/Rodhe
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ifö Electric AB, Plannja

Bey Arquitectura Unveils Punta Cana Garden Villas in the Dominican Republic

Architecture practice Bey Arquitectura has shared details of the firm's Punta Cana Bey Garden project in the Dominican Republic. The 28 loft-type villas were designed to connect with the surrounding natural context and support the implementation of renewable energy. Located in the heart of Bávaro, the project is sited near shopping malls, restaurants, schools, the Punta Cana Airport and the beach.

Courtesy of Cubico 3DCourtesy of Jorge RecioCourtesy of Jorge RecioCourtesy of Cubico 3D+ 18

“Most Importantly, I Can Stimulate Processes": In conversation with Christoph Hesse

Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Christoph Hesse over Skype between New York and his office in Korbach, Germany to discuss his pioneering projects and why working in the countryside is relevant.

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Building Community: The Women of Sasaki Designing More Sustainable and Inclusive Futures

Celebrating community, three interdisciplinary leaders of design firm Sasaki are building space for change. Defining the future through collective, contextual, and values-driven projects, they are showing how working together produces greater impact. Following the belief that better design comes through open exchange and deep engagement, each of these women are creating more sustainable and inclusive futures.

Courtesy of SasakiCourtesy of SasakiCourtesy of SasakiCourtesy of Sasaki+ 12

COVID-19 Contributed to Sharp Decline in Completed Skyscrapers in 2020

It’s a given that the coronavirus pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts on construction projects large and small over the past 10 months. So, what about the construction of new buildings that share the defining characteristic of being superlatively tall?

As detailed in an annual report published earlier this month by the Chicago-headquartered Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), newly completed skyscrapers experienced a global decline of 20 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year due, both directly and indirectly, to the COVID-19 crisis.

House 011 / Camps Felip Arquitecturia

© José Hevia© José Hevia© José Hevia© José Hevia+ 21

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  277
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, GIRA, Cortizo, Tecnocober

V&A Bags: Inside Out Exhibition / Studio MUTT

© French + Tye© French + Tye© French + Tye© French + Tye+ 27

  • Architects: Studio MUTT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  665
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Creation Baumann, Ludvig Svensson, Bristol Paints, Forbo

Forja House / Pablo Pita Arquitectos

© Pablo Pita Arquitectos© Pablo Pita Arquitectos© Pablo Pita Arquitectos© Pablo Pita Arquitectos+ 22

Mahallat Residential Building No3 / CAAT Studio

© Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff© Parham Taghioff© Parham Taghioff© Parham Taghioff+ 23

Mahalat, Iran
  • Architects: CAAT Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  290
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: WINTECH, Alvandtileco, Chauffagekar, Habibi Stone, Mahallat Alvand Concrete, +1

Hangzhou Olympic Sports Experimental Primary School and Kindergarten / UAD

© ZY Architectural Photography© ZY Architectural Photography© ZY Architectural Photography© ZY Architectural Photography+ 35

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: UAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  95150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aleris, China South Glass Holdings, Jixiang

P House / T H I A Architecture

© Quang Tran
© Quang Tran

© Quang Tran© Quang Tran© Quang Tran© Quang Tran+ 39

phường 10, Vietnam
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  64
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Hafele, Jotun, Toto, Adobe, +4

Meifeng Community Park / ZIZU STUDIO

Park and city bird's eye view. Image © Ruihua LiangNatural and wild crack garden. Image © Ruihua LiangThe crack garden becomes a playground for children to play and chase. Image © Ruihua LiangLeisure art gallery. Image © Ruihua Liang+ 32

Guangdong, China
  • Architects: ZIZU STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4674
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

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