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Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 12 March, 2019
Winners of the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

More than 80,000 votes were cast over the last two weeks and, after careful review, the results of the 2019 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards presented by Unreal are in. Building of the Year, which itself celebrated ten years this year, is the largest peer-based crowdsourced architecture award in the world, showcasing the projects chosen by you, our readers, as the most significant of the year.

This is no mean feat. More than 4000 projects were in contention this year, challenging readers to carefully consider a wide variety of projects across type, scale, and location. 4000 projects were whittled to 75 finalists; 75 have now been reduced to the 15 winners - one for each typological category.

The results are as diverse as the architecture itself. Well-known names are, as in years past, present among the bunch, among them Zaha Hadid Architects, MVRDV, and Heatherwick Studio. For London-based Heatherwick, their win marks the second consecutive year they have taken top honors for a refurbishment-based project. But less-renowned names dominate the ranks of the winners this year. Innocad’s serenely simple office building for a real estate company elevates what corporate architecture can be while the technical and material mastery of Sameep Padora’s Maya Somaiya Library is enough to make any architect look twice. The library is, in fact, one of two Indian projects to take top honors this year - a strong first year showing for the nation whose design talent seems finally to be coming to the fore.

But for all their many beautiful differences, the winners share a crucial element in common: they represent the values of our mission, to bring inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects everywhere. Building of the Year - indeed, ArchDaily itself - would not be possible without the generosity of firms and readers as invested in our mission as we are. We give our profound thanks to all who participated this year, no matter the form. Congratulations to all the winners!



Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan

09:00 - 6 March, 2019
Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan, The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV
The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV

MVRDV has broken ground on a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan, Taiwan. Defined by a terraced, accessible green roof, the open-air market will serve as both an important hub in Taiwan’s supply chain, and a destination for meeting, socializing, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape.

Named the “Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market,” the MVRDV scheme transforms an often-prosaic aspect of the food industry into a public experience of food and nature. Located in a strategic position between the city and mountains, with good public transport links, the scheme sits at a convenient node for traders, buyers, and visitors.

The design comprises a simple open structure with high undulating ceilings that allow for natural ventilation. Image © MVRDV The design compliments the surrounding environment. Image © MVRDV The open-air market will also be an important social hub. Image © MVRDV The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV + 4

Roskilde Festival Folk High School / MVRDV + COBE

06:00 - 25 February, 2019
Roskilde Festival Folk High School / MVRDV + COBE, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 27

Porocity: Opening up Solidity

09:00 - 20 February, 2019
Porocity: Opening up Solidity

An exciting new manifesto from the Why Factory, Porocity: Opening Up Solidity makes a case for the intervention of the public realm into the private sphere of the city. The Why Factory raises a critique of the city as excessively closed off, and offers tools for the prying open and aerating of the city in such a way that is socially, environmentally and economically valuable to its citizens. How can we introduce pockets for encounters, for streams of circulation, for green areas, for tunnels of cooling? What structures can be imagined to allow for this openness? Creating grottos? Splitting towers?

MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania

09:00 - 15 February, 2019
MVRDV's Tirana Tower forms a Pixelated Map of Albania, © MVRDV / REDVERTEX
© MVRDV / REDVERTEX

Construction has begun on MVRDV’s “Downtown One,” a 140-meter-tall mixed-use skyscraper for the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Set to become Albania’s tallest building, the 37-story scheme is defined by its “relief of cantilevered houses and offices, which form a pixelated map of Albania, each representing a town or city.”

Situated in the center of the city, on the Bajram Curri Boulevard, the scheme intends to boost the economy of the capital through a mix of apartments, shops, offices, and restaurants. In addition to manifesting as a map of Albania when viewed from afar, the iconic cantilevers also generate spectacular panoramic views of the city and mountains, and create a connection between residents of this “vertical village.”

© MVRDV / REDVERTEX © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV / REDVERTEX + 5

MVRDV and The Why Factory Develop a Future "Grand Puzzle" of Marseille for Manifesta 13

11:00 - 13 February, 2019
MVRDV and The Why Factory Develop a Future "Grand Puzzle" of Marseille for Manifesta 13, © MVRDV / The Why Factory
© MVRDV / The Why Factory

In 2020, the French city of Marseille is set to host Manifesta 13, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In preparation for the event, MVRDV has collaborated with thinktank The Why Factory (directed by MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas) in unveiling “The Grand Puzzle,” a 1200-page interdisciplinary pre-biennial research study of the urban potential for Marseille.

MVRDV produced the study through deep analyses of the city, such as interviews and spatial data, culminating in suggestions for possible urban interventions. As part of this engagement, the firm worked with The Why Factory, founded as “the think tank on the future city” at Technical University Delft, who collaborated with local architecture and design schools on the study. Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback, the work will now be “contextualized, analyzed, and refined as it becomes a tool for Marseillais to imagine possible futures for their city.” In addition, the study will serve as a point of inspiration for artistic and cultural interventions both before and during the Manifesta biennial.

Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam

05:00 - 13 February, 2019
Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam, Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari
Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari

Manuelle Gautrand has designed a 400 unit mixed housing block for the futuristic Hyde Park district in Amsterdam. The homes are divided into nine buildings that make up "thematic" houses organized around a landscaped island core. Each house stands unique, made of different volumes, materials, colors and heights. Formed around the idea of a village, the project aims to develop ambitious environmental goals while bringing people together to rethink urban life. 

Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari  ©LMNB. ImageHyde Park Residence Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari + 15

MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes

11:00 - 12 February, 2019
MVRDV to Transform Historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, Shops. Image © ENGRAM
Shops. Image © ENGRAM

MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and extend the Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. Developed in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin and developers Frey and Engie Avenue, the transformation of the historic landmark will “signify a renaissance for both the building and its surroundings.”

The MVRDV scheme will reactivate both the Place de la Republique and the Palais, turning a former public building into a centerpiece of the city’s main commercial street as was originally intended. While being respectful to the existing building, the MVRDV proposal adopts a critical approach to its drawbacks, such as transparency and accessibility.

Aerial. Image © ENGRAM River. Image © ENGRAM Shops. Image © ENGRAM Connection. Image © ENGRAM + 15

MVRDV's Design for 'KoolKiel' Tower Brings Distinctive Whimsy to an Adaptable Scheme

09:00 - 25 January, 2019
MVRDV's Design for 'KoolKiel' Tower Brings Distinctive Whimsy to an Adaptable Scheme, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV have released details of their proposed mixed-use complex, designed to redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany. The 65,000-square-meter proposal will adopt a flexible design system as opposed to a fixed, unchangeable plan, thus allowing the scheme to adapt to future demands as the design development progresses.

Labeled the “KoolKiel,” MVRDV’s scheme will occupy an existing large, single-story building previously used to store chains of ships, and for the printing of Germany’s famous Werner comics in the 1980s. The site’s current use as a hub for media and creative industries, and its resulting charismatic identity, has strongly influenced the MVRDV scheme, with the retention of the existing structure and lively, playful exterior spaces.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV Interior. Image © MVRDV + 20

MVRDV Designs a Dual Tower Scheme with Interactive Facades for "Times Square" of Taipei

09:00 - 10 January, 2019
Distant view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
Distant view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV have released images of their ambitious design for the Taipei Twin Towers, set to revitalize the central station area of the Taiwanese capital. The two towers are characterized by a “pile of blocks” that create a vertical urban neighborhood, complete with interactive media facades.

The site is currently occupied by the city’s main station, containing railway, airport lines, metro networks, and underused parks and plazas. Under the MVRDV scheme, the two towers will be built over the top of the station, offering retail, offices, two cinemas, two hotels, and the unification and redevelopment of surrounding plazas.

Aerial view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Plaza view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Pedestrian view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Event view. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 14

MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen

13:00 - 19 December, 2018
MVRDV Redefines the Skyscraper as a 3D City in Shenzhen, Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN
Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN

Dutch practice MVRDV has won the competition to design the new Vanke headquarters building in Shenzhen. Designed for the major Chinese real estate developer, the 250 meter tall project is a cluster of eight interlinked blocks of offices, housing and culture. The concept was grounded in MVRDV's research into the three-dimensional city. Aiming to rethink the next generation of skyscrapers, the tower rises from four separate bases to a single crowning tower.

Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN Vanke 3D City. Image © ATCHAIN + 17

C.F. Møller Architects Unveil Images of New Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen

11:00 - 3 December, 2018
C.F. Møller Architects Unveil Images of New Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen, © C.F. Møller Architects
© C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects has unveiled new images of their proposed Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Construction of the scheme is well underway, with the topping out ceremony taking place in Spring 2018.

The new renders offer an insight into the scheme’s proposed external finish and interior atmosphere, including the central atrium overlooking the historic site where the famed brewery business began.

MVRDV Co-Founder Winy Maas Named Domus' 2019 Editor-In-Chief

14:00 - 1 December, 2018
via MVRDV
via MVRDV

MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas has been named Domus’ 2019 10x10x10 Editor-In-Chief. The publication began the Domus 10x10x10 in 2018 as an initiative to bring new ideas and alternative editorial styles to the magazine. The 10-year initiative leads to Domus' 100th anniversary in 2028.

As much an architect as a researcher, Maas will provide an original editorial strategy founded on intellectual exploration and catalyzing creative ways of thinking about contemporary and future design efforts. In a manifesto titled “Everything is Urbanism,” Maas describes his primary goals for Domus 2019, a series of 10 publications over 10 months that explore contemporary design questions and theoretical problems, spark dialogue, and examine ongoing architectural research.

Future Towers / MVRDV

06:00 - 29 November, 2018
Future Towers / MVRDV, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amanora Park Town, Hadapsar, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Category

  • Principal-in-charge

    Jacob van Rijs
  • Client

    CCL Amanora Park Town
  • Area

    140000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

MVRDV's First US Project Breaks Ground in New York City

13:00 - 15 November, 2018
MVRDV's First US Project Breaks Ground in New York City, Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV has broken ground on Radio Tower & Hotel, a 21,800-square-meter mixed-use high rise located in the Washington Heights area in northern Manhattan. The 22-storey building is MVRDV’s first major project in the United States and combines hotel, retail, and office functions in vibrantly stacked blocks. The project was designed to reflecte the vivacious character of the neighborhood and set a direction for future development.

Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 9

MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

13:00 - 14 November, 2018
MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow, RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.

RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 12

Cynical Optimism Links the Homes of Alain de Botton's Living Architecture Series

09:30 - 13 November, 2018
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

© Edmund Sumner. ImageBalancing Barn / MVRDV Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher A House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragher Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture + 31

Life after Serpentine: Second Lives of Architecture's Famed Pavilions

09:30 - 18 October, 2018
Life after Serpentine: Second Lives of Architecture's Famed Pavilions, Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / Bjarke Ingels. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / Bjarke Ingels. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

If the surest sign of summer in London is the appearance of a new pavilion in front of the Serpentine Gallery, then it’s perhaps fair to say that summer is over once the pavilion is taken down. The installations have gained prominence since its inaugural edition in 2000, acting as a kind of exclusive honor and indication of talent for those chosen to present; celebrated names from the past names include Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Olafur Eliasson.

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 / Selgas Cano. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2014 / Smiljan Radic. Image © Iwan Baan Serpentine Pavilion 2006 / Rem Koolhaas. Image © John Offenbach Serpentine Pavilion 2007 / Olafur Eliasson, Kjetil Thorsen, Cecil Balmond. Image © Luke Hayes + 20