Check Out ArchDaily’s Buildings of the Year


For the second year running our design-minded friends at ArchDaily have asked their readers to help them select the buildings of the year. Last week the site announced the winners in a variety of categories — from the expected (houses and offices) to the less conventional (places of worship). The connecting thread? “From upcoming small practices, to renowned established offices, the selection includes projects that show clear resolution, assertive use of materials, structural challenges and new ways to approach programatic issues,” they explain. “This makes it clear that the selection was not based on popularity, but rather on the good work of these offices, recognized by our readers.” Click through to check them out, and let us know in the comments which project is your favorite.

Cultural category winner

Photo credit: © Iwan Baan

The Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 – Designed by BIG with ARUP and 2+1

Educational category winner

Photo credit: © Albert Vecerka/Esto

The Diana Center at Barnard College – Designed by Weiss/Manfredi

Houses category winner

Photo credit: © Cristobal Palma

Hunsett Mill – Designed by ACME

Housing category winner

Photo credit: © Shai Gil Photography

60 Richmond Housing Cooperative – Designed by Teeple Architects

Hotels & Restaurants category winner

Temporary Bar – Designed by Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto

Industrial category winner

Photo credit: © Zsolt Batár

Laposa Winery – Designed by Atelier Peter Kis

Interiors category winner

Closet House – Designed by Consexto

Institutional category winner

Photo credit: © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Vodafone Headquarters – Designed by Barbosa & Guimarães

Museums & Libraries category winner

Photo credit: © Scott Frances

North Carolina Museum of Art – Designed by Thomas Phifer

Offices category winner

Photo credit: © Iwan Baan

Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center – Designed by REX

Public Facilities category winner

Photo credit: © Steve Troes Fotodesign

Bridge in Esch – Designed by Metaform Architects

Refurbishment category winner

Photo credit: © Lara Swimmer Photography

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus – Designed by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle

Religious category winner

Photo credit: © Al Hurley

Tampa Covenant Church – Designed by Alfonso Architects

Sports category winner

Photo credit: © Nic Lehoux

Richmond Olympic Oval – Designed by Cannon Design