Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database

Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database

Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.

With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.

This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.

Poli House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Oslo Opera House / Snøhetta

© Snøhetta

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Sergio Gomez

Selgas Cano Architecture Office / Selgas Cano

© Iwan Baan

Linked Hybrid / Steven Holl Architects

© Iwan Baan

Quinta Monroy / ELEMENTAL

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

National Tourist Route Trollstigen / Reiulf Ramstad Architects

© Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio

© Iwan Baan

Nestlé Chocolate Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos

© Paul Rivera

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN

© Philippe Ruault

Denmark Pavilion - Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG

© Iwan Baan

House in Leiria / Aires Mateus

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Rolex Learning Center / SANAA

© Iwan Baan

Paraty House / Marcio Kogan

© Nelson Kon

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum / Kengo Kuma Associates

© Takumi Ota

Handmade School / Anna Heringer + Eike Roswag

© Kurt Hoerbst

Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects + Solange Fabiao

© Iwan Baan

Safe Haven Bath House / Tyin Tegnestue

© Pasi Aalto

Observatory House / Tatiana Bilbao

© Iwan Baan

Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta

© diephotodesigner.de

Hemeroscopium House / Ensamble Studio

© Ensamble Studio

London 2012 Velodrome / Hopkins Architects

© Anthony Charlton

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

© André Morin

Teshima Art Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

© Iwan Baan

Moses Bridge / Ro&ad Architecten


Liyuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

© Li Xiaodong Atelier

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo

© Christian Richters

Makoko Floating School / NLÉ Architects


Zamora Offices / Alberto Campo Baeza

© Javier Callejas

Kuokkala Church / OOPEAA

© Jussi Tianen

Antinori Winery / Archea Associati

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

© Iwan Baan

Market Hall in Ghent / Marié Jose Van-Hee + Robbrecht & Daem

© Tim Van de Velde

Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten

© Mattias Hamrén

Besiktas Fish Market Refurbishment / GAD

© Alp Eren

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex

© Iwan Baan

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

© Iwan Baan

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

© Filip Dujardin

Centre Pompidou Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Didier Boy De La Tour

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

© Thomas Mayer

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

© Christian Kerez

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

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

© Mikkel Frost

Fogo National Park Venue / OTO Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Yardhouse / Assemble

© David Grandorge

The Building on the Water / Alvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

© Iwan Baan

Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

© Simon Menges

Jianamani Visitor Center / Teaminus

© Teaminus

Markthal Rotterdam / MVRDV

© Nico Saieh

Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

© James and Connor Steinkamp

Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework


The Whitney Museum of American Art / Renzo Piano Workshop + Cooper Robertson

© Nic Lehoux

Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

© Hufton+Crow

Partners in Health Dormitory / Sharon Davis Design

© Bruce Engel

Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects

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Cite: AD Editorial Team. "Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database" 10 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/783495/editors-choice-50-essential-projects-from-our-database> ISSN 0719-8884


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