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Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 9 February, 2017
Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG's first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron's long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico's off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO's organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

Capilla San Bernardo / Nicolás Campodonico

11:00 - 19 May, 2016
Capilla San Bernardo / Nicolás Campodonico, Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico
Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico

Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Playosa, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Architect collaborators

    Martin Lavayén, Soledad Cugno, Virginia Theilig, Gabriel Stivala, Tomás Balparda, Pablo Taberna, Gastón Kibysz
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

T&G House / Nicolás Campodonico

10:00 - 24 February, 2015
T&G House / Nicolás Campodonico, © Martin Lavayen
© Martin Lavayen

© Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen © Martin Lavayen + 20

Marabajo / Nicolás Campodonico

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Nicolas Campodonico © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Nicolas Campodonico © Nicolas Campodonico + 17

Maipu Building / Nicolás Campodonico

00:00 - 29 January, 2013
Maipu Building / Nicolás Campodonico, © Walter Salcedo
© Walter Salcedo

© Walter Salcedo © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Walter Salcedo + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Nicolás Campodonico, Martin Lavayen, Tomas Balparda
  • Collaborators

    Mássimo Triches, Carolina Dangelo, Ylenia Arca, Laura Vitale, Enriqueta Brozzo, Pablo Taberna
  • Structure

    Susana Boccaccio, Jose Moya
  • Area

    2,078 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Walter Salcedo, Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, Martin Lavayen, Simon Deprez