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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!



Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School / Sameep Padora & Associates

23:00 - 11 October, 2018
Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner Hat GIF + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kopargaon, Maharashtra, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Vami Sheth Koticha, Archita Banerjee, Manasi Punde, Aparna Dhareshwar
  • Area

    5750.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Concrete Void – Vijay Transtech Factory / Sameep Padora & Associates

23:00 - 26 September, 2018
Concrete Void – Vijay Transtech Factory / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Harshat Verma, Aparna Dhareshwar, Sandeep Patwa Assisted by: Sagar Kudtarkar, Parth Patel
  • Structural Consultant

    Rajeev Shah
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

K.J. Somaiya College for Information Technology / Sameep Padora & Associates

02:00 - 25 August, 2018
K.J. Somaiya College for Information Technology / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Subham Pani, Aparna Dhareshwar, Nikita Khatwani, Sandeep Patwa
  • Structural Consultant

    Rajeev Shah
  • Area

    2070.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Project of the Month: Jetavan

07:30 - 2 August, 2016
Project of the Month: Jetavan, Courtesy of Edmund Summer
Courtesy of Edmund Summer

For religious societies, heritage and traditions play an important role in maintaining identity, culture and allowing for the community's self-improvement, both spiritually but also in a spatial sense. Therefore, the way people occupy the place in which they live leads to the material fulfillment of religious aims.

With the creation of a place that follows their sacred order—the Jetavana—the community can be enriched while performing their traditions and rituals in a specific and proper way through architecture.

Jetavan / Sameep Padora & Associates

02:00 - 4 July, 2016
Jetavan / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 19

CRAFT / Sameep Padora & Associates

19:00 - 9 June, 2016
CRAFT  / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Kunal Bhatia, Studio KB
© Kunal Bhatia, Studio KB
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fountain @ Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Shravanthi Kumar, Aparna Dhareshwar, Nitisha Raje, Sanam Bauva
  • Contractor

    Sanjay Baikerikar
  • Project Year

    2016

Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates

21:00 - 20 April, 2015
Lattice House / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 22

Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates

03:00 - 18 April, 2015
Fort House / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 18

Shiv Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates

00:00 - 21 September, 2010
Shiv Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner    © Edmund Sumner    ©  Sameep Padora © Edmund Sumner    + 16

ACE Pavilion / Sameep Padora & Associates

00:00 - 15 December, 2009
ACE Pavilion / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Raju Shukla
© Raju Shukla

© Raju Shukla © Raju Shukla © Raju Shukla © Raju Shukla + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Category

  • Architect

    Sameep Padora & Associates
  • Design Team

    Sameep Padora, Shashank Srivastava
  • Client

    Galeecha India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Cost

    3,500 USD
  • On Site Assemblage

    36 hours
  • Drawings

    Shashank Srivastava
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs