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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!



EJM Terras II / Gálvez & Márton Arquitetura

14:00 - 19 February, 2019
EJM Terras II / Gálvez & Márton Arquitetura, © Paula Monroy
© Paula Monroy

© Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy + 39

Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs

13:00 - 19 February, 2019
Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs , Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Sidewalk Labs has released new renderings from Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio of the Quayside neighborhood development in Toronto. After announcing plans to create a model smart city, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were first revealed last summer, designed to be interconnected smart neighborhood for the city. The latest renderings were released with further documents outlining how the company plans to pay for the ground-up development.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta + 7

MÓ BISTRÓ / MD27

12:00 - 19 February, 2019
MÓ BISTRÓ / MD27, © Renzo Rebagliati
© Renzo Rebagliati

© Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati © Renzo Rebagliati + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Angamos 1146, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Andrea Jiménez Bonifaz, Luciana Cúneo Campodónico, Rodrigo Escardó Cuglievan, Luis Pedro Díaz de Rávago
  • Collaborators

    Stephanie Corrales, Silvana Marchena
  • Construction

    MD27
  • Structural Calculation

    Ing. Luis Flores Mantilla
  • Electrical, Sanitary and Mechanical Installations

    Grupo Argenia
  • Area

    4197.93 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

A Selection of the Best Architecture Sketches: Alberto Campo Baeza

11:00 - 19 February, 2019
Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza
Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza

MA 2009. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Almeria 2003. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Gaspar 1991. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza + 30

A while ago I was researching material on the internet for a project about representation in architecture, so I started reviewing the websites of different architecture offices. Several passed quickly, without much notice, however, I found some that kept me completely immersed. I explored and appreciated the sensibilities of their authors, whose penchant for drawings and freehand sketches I hadn’t previously known. Within those libraries of mental excursions, I discovered Alberto Campo Baeza’s drawing library; I loved it so much that I decided to share it with you.

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Casa Praia Vermelha / Nitsche Arquitetos

10:00 - 19 February, 2019
Casa Praia Vermelha / Nitsche Arquitetos, © André Scarpa
© André Scarpa

© Cacá Bratke © Cacá Bratke © Cacá Bratke © Cacá Bratke + 21

Robots will Construct Melike Altınışık' Robot Museum in Seoul

09:00 - 19 February, 2019
© Melike Altınışık Architects
© Melike Altınışık Architects

Turkish practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) has won an international competition for the design of a Robot Science Museum in Seoul, South Korea. Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the competition called for a “world first” museum to support public education in robotics, and increase public interest in robots.

The principles of robotics, science, technology, and innovation have shaped all aspects of the scheme’s design, from form and structure to material and operation. The main character of the museum is to “create its own universe for robots and their visitors,” manifesting as a non-directional, fluid, spherical structure.

© Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects © Melike Altınışık Architects + 9

University of Mpumalanga / GAPP Architects & Urban Designers

08:00 - 19 February, 2019
University of Mpumalanga / GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, © Tristan McLaren
© Tristan McLaren

© Tristan McLaren © GAPP Architects & Urban Designers © Tristan McLaren © Tristan McLaren + 27

“A Building Created Just to Perform a Particular Function is a Dead Building”: Pei Zhu of Studio Zhu-Pei

07:00 - 19 February, 2019
“A Building Created Just to Perform a Particular Function is a Dead Building”: Pei Zhu of Studio Zhu-Pei, Minsheng Museum of Modern Art / Studio Zhu Pei. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu Pei
Minsheng Museum of Modern Art / Studio Zhu Pei. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu Pei

Since the early 2000s, China consistently has been surprising the world as the playground for international superstar architects’ most daring creations. It still does so, but the element of surprise is gone, and with increased concern for building more pragmatically, resourcefully, and overall responsibly, we are much more critical of these spectacular buildings. The script has been flipped: it is the architecture that is produced locally, with humility and social relevance, that attracts attention these days. Nowhere is this process more evident than in China, where the projects led by homegrown talent are by far the most relevant and meaningful architecture that is being built in the country today.

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Patio House / OOAK Architects

06:00 - 19 February, 2019
Patio House / OOAK Architects, © Yiorgos Kordakis
© Yiorgos Kordakis

© Yiorgos Kordakis © Yiorgos Kordakis © Yiorgos Kordakis © Yiorgos Kordakis + 34

Solve Complex Architectural Details With This 'Contour Duplicator Gauge'

05:00 - 19 February, 2019

Most of the materials that we use in the construction of our projects have shapes and dimensions that seek to facilitate their storage, transfer, and installation, being constituted in its majority by orthogonal modulations. These straight angles don't always fit with the irregularity of our designs, nor do they coincide exactly when encountering more organic materials or other specific elements such as ducts, pillars, or furniture.

This simple tool allows you to copy, duplicate, and measure complex contours so that the materials adapt perfectly to other elements. Its mobile 'teeth' must be pressed against the profile to obtain a mold of its shape, generating templates that will allow cutting and adjusting the original material with precision. Thus, the tool could even be useful for replicating or repairing unique details in restorations or refurbishments.

OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section
Cross section

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 Architecture’ 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 Great wall viewing platform Outdoor concert Exterior view + 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.

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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

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

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