Today, My Design Agenda selects 8 of the Top Winners of the Architizer A+Awards, one of the largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture. The A+Awards are bigger than just the architectural community. Entries are judged by more than 400 luminaries from ﬁelds as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. These are our Top Choices!
Sanbaopeng LKKER Jingdezhen Ceramic Design Center (Popular Choice Winner) / Office Mass
Sanbaopeng LKKER Jingdezhen ceramic design center locates on a slope in Sanbao valley in Jingdezhen, with a stream running through it. We hoped to make use of the original natural environment around the site to inspire the designers in space, meanwhile to enable the space itself to build a deep connection with ceramic art. To accomplish that, we gave an answer of a sagger placing on both banks of the stream.
Chaoyang Park Plaza (Jury Winner)/ MAD Architects
Having a similar position and function as Central Park in Manhattan, but unlike the modern box-like buildings that only create a separation between the park and the city, Chaoyang Park Plaza instead is an expansion of nature. It is an extension of the park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing scenery from a distant landscape – a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters (Jury Winner)/ HOK
The new headquarters for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company symbolizes the company’s importance in the development of the United Arab Emirates. Located on one of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent urban sites, the tower will create a new city landmark while articulating ADNOC’s role as one of the world’s most dynamic, influential petroleum companies. The proximity of the Emirates Palace Hotel adds to the site’s exclusivity, with the tower serving as the primary view for VIPs and patrons at the Emirates Palace complex.
THE STREET (Popular Choice Winner)/ SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS
Taking a cue from the old city streets of Mathura city in India where this project is located, this 800 room students’ hostel creates organic spaces.
Dabao Primary School and Community Cultural Centre (Popular Choice Winner)/ Project Mingde (The University of Hong Kong) & Elisabeth Lee
This project was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the PAN Foundation. Dabao village is remotely situated within the scenic mountain range of Guangxi province in China. This completely isolated settlement provides home to around 110 families of an ethnic minority group called the ‘Yaos’, who have their own very distinctive dialect and culture.
Foro Boca Concert Hall (Jury Winner)/ ROJKIND ARQUITECTOS
Miguel Ángel Yunes Márquez, the then-mayor of Boca del Río, started the Boca del Río Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, and that has since become the heart of the cultural life in the city. The philharmonic orchestra is unique not only in Mexico, but worldwide. Through three lines of action, consisting of a yearly season of Orchestral Concerts, as well as monthly Chamber Music performances, and finally, an after-school social development program for low-income children named “Orquestando Armonia”, which focuses on choral and orchestral education fostering values and a sense of excellence for the children and the community. The dynamics and activities of the orchestra have had a successful social and cultural development, and have demonstrated the need to create a new social enclosure to serve as the new home for the orchestra and its programs.
Limestone Gallery (Jury Winner)/ 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio
An ordinary art gallery suspended on the clifftop of 100 meters. Here is Anlong county in Southwest Guizhou province, where is the start point of Via ferrata in Anlong Limestone Resort. The destination of our journey is Limestone Gallery suspended on a mountain top, a hundred meters above us.
Zeitz MOCAA (Jury Winner)/ Heatherwick Studio
Zeitz MOCAA is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from the continent and its diaspora. Originally built in the 1920s, the grain silo stored and graded corn from all over the country.