Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Cultural Center Stjørdal features a lime green spiral staircase

A+Awards: a staircase lined in bright green spirals up the middle of this Architizer A+Award-winning cultural centre in Norway, partially visible through its metal-mesh cladding. Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter collaborated with fellow Norwegian firms Lusparken Arkitekter and JSTA on the Cultural Center Stjørdal, located in the town just east of Trondheim. The centre is designed to serve as

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James Corner Field Operations adds circular landscaping to Philadelphia Navy Yards Central Green

A+Awards: landscaped circles accommodate different activities at the centre of the redeveloped Navy Yards in Philadelphia, designed by James Corner Field Operations and a winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Central Green sits at the heart of the former boat-building docks in the south of the city, which have undergone extensive regeneration into a

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FOG Studio’s Cooley Landing centre provides facilities for Bay Area wetland reserve

A+Awards: California firm FOG Studio worked with the residents of East Palo Alto to design this bayside community centre and exhibition space, another winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Cooley Landing Education Center is located on a peninsula at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It sits on a former landfill site, which was

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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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Mountainside villa by SAOTA frames Cape Town’s spectacular scenery

A+Awards: South African studio SAOTA received a 2016 Architizer A+Award for this residence in Cape Town, which enjoys views of the area’s dramatic rock formations. The 2,023-square-metre house, named OVD 919, looks down over the city’s affluent beachside neighbourhoods Bantry Bay and Clifton from a lofty perch on a mountain known as Lion’s Head. “Nestled

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Architizer to celebrate 2017 A+Awards winners at New York gala

A+Awards: the winners of the 2017 Architizer A+Awards, which include David Adjaye, Odile Decq and Tatiana Bilbao, will be honoured during a special event during the NYCxDesign festival next month. The gala will take place on 11 May 2017 to celebrate the fifth edition of the annual awards, which acknowledge and promote the year’s best

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Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects lies long and low on a German hillside

A+Awards: a swimming pool that starts inside this Architizer A+Award-winning house in central Germany continues out perpendicular to the low-slung volume and projects from the sloped site. Named Villa K, the home in the forested hills of Thüringen is Dutch studio Paul de Ruiter Architects’ first project in Germany. “The realisation of a sustainable villa,

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Concrete pavilion overlooks Tehran swimming pool by KRDS

A+Awards: next in our series of 2016 Architizer A+Award winners is a swimming pool in the Iranian capital, with a concrete pavilion by architects KRDS at one end to provide a changing room and spa facilities. Kourosh Rafiey Architectural Design Studio (KRDS) designed the Sohanak Swimming Pool and adjacent structure for a private garden in Tehran –

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ENOTA sculpts pedestrian area for Slovenian garden city

A+Awards: angular steps and terraces line the banks of a shallow waterway to form a promenade at the heart of Velenje, Slovenia – a project that earned Ljubljana firm ENOTA a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The Promenada in Velenje’s centre forms a public space and thoroughfare for the young town, designed in the 1950s in the

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Iredale Pedersen Hook creates Walumba Elders Centre for flood-hit Australian aboriginal community

A+Awards: a 2016 Architizer A+Award was bestowed upon this retirement home in Western Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects for an aboriginal community affected by devastating floods. The Walumba Elders Centre was built in Warrmarn (Warmun) following flooding in 2011 that destroyed the town’s previous facility, and damaged much of its housing and other

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Interlocking timber planks form Workshop Andelfingen by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

A+Awards: it took just 18 minutes to regrow the timber used to build this entirely wooden warehouse in Switzerland, according to Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award for the project. The Zurich firm designed the Workshop Andelfingen for the regional government’s waterways engineering operations centre to house vehicles and machines, and

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RCR Arquitectes forms Soulages Museum from linked weathering-steel boxes

A+Awards: this year’s Pritzker Prize-winning studio RCR Arquitectes is behind this steel-clad museum in France, which also earned the Catalan firm an Architizer A+Award. The Soulages Museum in Rodez was completed in 2014 by RCR Arquitectes – the surprise winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel – in collaboration with architect

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Jan Henrik Hansen adds futuristic badminton hall to Swiss sports centre

A+Awards: this badminton hall in a Swiss village, which looks more like a spaceport than a sports facility, received an Architizer A+Award last year. Jan Henrik Hansen Architekten extended the Sihlsports centre in the village of Langnau am Albis, so tennis and squash players could also partake in badminton. Based in nearby Zurich, the firm

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Cultural and religious complex in Iran features roof shaped like interlocking fingers

A+Awards: this community centre and mosque in Tehran by Kalout Architecture Studio, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award, is designed to look like linking hands. The Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex is located in the cultural district of the Iranian capital, which has seen a recent boom in contemporary architecture thanks to the lifting

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White translucent box forms Singapore residence by Park+Associates Architects

A+Awards: designed as a series of interconnected voids, this house in Singapore by local firm Park+Associates Architects won a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The Greja House comprises a cuboid volume surrounded by white mesh, which sits above a transparent ground floor. It was laid out as open volumes that flow into each other horizontally and vertically,

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“Crystalline” roof by Theo Hotz zigzags over Vienna Central Station

A+Awards: Swiss firm Theo Hotz Partner Architekten has created an undulating cover for platforms at Vienna’s Central Station, which received an Architizer A+Award last year. The new sculptural roof was added during an overhaul of the station, located south of the city centre in an area undergoing extensive regeneration. The project formed part of a

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University of Kansas architecture school extension features double-layered glass skin

A+Awards: next in our series of Architizer A+Award winners is Studio 804’s glazed extension to the stone architecture school at the University of Kansas. The addition, named The Forum, was designed by the graduate-level architecture studio set up by Dan Rockhill, a professor at the university. The structure provides a 121-seat auditorium, a crit room

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Elliott + Associates wraps Chesapeake car park in white fins

A+Awards: vertical fins clad this Architizer A+Award-winning car park in Oklahoma City to disguise its function by day but reveal the vehicles inside at night. The parking garage is one of four designed by local firm Elliott + Associates Architects for the Chesapeake Energy Corporation, as part of a wider development of office buildings and

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Beijing lingerie factory by Crossboundaries encourages workers to spend time outside

A+Awards: Architizer A+Award-winning studio Crossboundaries has created a canyon through the middle of this production facility for a Chinese lingerie brand, which employees can enjoy on their breaks. Aimer, which specialises in underwear and negligees, first approached the firm to design a 14,000-square-metre factory in 2004. However, the company grew rapidly into a fully fledged

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Lumo Arkitektur adds glass and log volumes to Nøjkærhus Culture House

A+Awards: four adjoining house-shaped volumes built using different materials make up this outdoor pursuits centre in Denmark by Lumo Arkitektur – a 2016 Architizer A+Awards winner. The Nøjkærhus Culture House is situated in the highlands of Denmark’s main Jutland peninsula, close to the city of Silkeborg. Originally two separate small buildings, the centre was extended

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Valdemonjas Winery by Agag+Paredes projects from a hillside in Spain

A+Awards: this wine production and tasting facility emerges from the vine-planted landscape of northern Spain, and was a recipient of a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The family-run Valdemonjas Winery needed a new space to make their product and attract visitors, so architects Ana Agag and Silvia Paredes teamed up to design a landmark that would be

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Law Architects creates “homesteads” to house Woodleigh School teaching spaces

A+Awards: this trio of small buildings, which were lauded at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards, were designed by Australian firm Law Architects for an independent school on the Mornington Peninsula. The project involved the creation of new facilities for the Woodleigh School, which opened in the 1970s on a 20-hectare site that was recently classified as

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Slender wood-clad footbridge by DVVD arcs over Paris’ Boulevard Périphérique

A+Awards: another of this year’s winners at the Architizer A+Awards is a wood-sided bridge that connects Paris with the suburb of Aubervilliers. Designed by French architecture studio DVVD, the bridge gently curves over the busy dual carriageways at a point north of the city centre. “We designed it as a thin recognisable line overflying the

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Diagonal beams create irregular windows for sports hall by Schemaa

A+Awards: angular polycarbonate windows create tessellating shapes across the facade of this gymnasium in France’s Champagné region, a winner at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. French architecture studio Schemaa designed the Nathalie Mauclair Multisports Hall as an extension to the Jean Rondeau gymnasium, creating larger facilities for local schools and sports clubs. The architects wanted to match the height of the

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Agathom builds artist’s cabin in dense British Columbia forest

A+Awards: next in our showcase of this year’s Architizer A+Awards winners is a wooden artist’s retreat on Vancouver Island by Toronto firm Agathom. Named Rainforest Retreat, the small property is nestled among trees on the island off the British Columbia coast. It acts as both a home and art studio for its owner, who asked

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Slender roof covers Apple Store Stanford by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

A+Awards: a dramatically thin roof soars over the glass front of the Apple Store at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto – another of this year’s winners at the Architizer A+Awards. The store in the heart of Silicon Valley was designed by Apple favourites Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a New York-based firm that has created multiple retail

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Emre Arolat expands Turkey’s Yalikavak Palmarina for megayacht owners

A+Awards: the next in our series of winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards is Emre Arolat Architecture’s restoration and expansion of facilities for wealthy visitors at a Turkish marina. Yalikavak Palmarina is located on Turkey’s south coast, which has seen a boom in tourism over the past few years. “Yalikavak is one of the lagoons

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Davidson Rafailidis tops studios for artist and ceramicist with three angular roofs

A+Awards: a trio of mono-pitched roofs shelter this set of studios designed for a painter and ceramicist couple, which was one of the winners at this year’s Architizer A+Awards (+ slideshow). Buffalo, New York-based architecture studio Davidson Rafailidis created He, She & It for a couple who wanted to work alongside each other but each needed More

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Carquero Arquitectura restores ancient Matrera Castle with contemporary elements

A+Awards: Spanish firm Carquero Arquitectura received a 2016 Architizer A+Award for this restoration of a crumbling hilltop castle near Cádiz. After standing for around 1,000 years, Matrera Castle partially collapsed following a long period of abandonment, leaving only a couple of walls remaining. Carquero Arquitectura was tasked with rebuilding the monument to reinforce the existing structure and More

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Brick “pixel patchwork” envelops Residenza Le Stelle housing by Buzzi Studio Di Architettura

A+Awards: brickwork assembled by robots forms wavy facades across these apartment blocks in Switzerland – the latest project in our series about winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards (+slideshow). Designed by Buzzi Studio Di Architettura, Residenza Le Stelle comprises a set of three six-storey buildings in Locarno, each featuring a brick cladding system described by the studio More

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GMAA’s Meditation Pavilion and Garden creates a contemplative atmosphere at Swiss home

A+Awards 2016: artificial mist envelops this wooden meditation pavilion near Geneva, which earned its designers GM Architectes Associés an Architizer A+Award earlier this year (+ slideshow). The Meditation Pavilion and Garden were created by the local firm for a private residence in 2013. Aligned precisely east-west, the building forms a cross shape with a north-south More

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge provides luxury getaway in remote African beauty spot

A+Awards: the African armadillo influenced the curved, scale-covered form of this boutique safari lodge in Botswana – one of the winners at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. Designed by South African firm Nicholas Plewman Architects and UK studio Michaelis Boyd, the Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta – a UNESCO More

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AS Arquitectura turns dilapidated Mexican hacienda into characterful resort

A+Awards: another project lauded at this year’s Architizer A+ Awards is this Mexican hacienda, where crumbling buildings were restored and connected with new elements by local studio AS Arquitectura to create a hotel (+ slideshow). Situated in Champotón, on the gulf coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the Niop Hacienda comprises a series of ruined stone structures that formed More

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Cornwall Gardens is a huge Singapore home with a stepped garden on its roof

A+Awards: featuring a swimming pool, waterfall, Koi carp pond and a terraced roof garden, this large family home in Singapore was another of the winners in Architizer’s 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Designed by Singapore studio Chang Architects, the home was created to accommodate a multi-generation family with space for future additions if the children marry. Six bedrooms, a gym, entertainment More

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Roof of Rhode Island holiday home by Bernheimer Architecture features pyramid-like skylights

A+Awards: the next project in our series on winners from this year’s A+Awards organised by US site Architizer is a holiday home for a Brooklyn-based family on Rhode Island, with a charred-timber facade (+ slideshow). Designed by Brooklyn firm Bernheimer Architecture, Quonochontaug House occupies a site near the coast of Rhode Island, New England – a popular area among More

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Sayama Forest Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura is covered with hand-bent aluminium shingles

A+Awards: next up in our series on winning projects from Architizer’s 2016 A+Awards is a small chapel by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura, which features extreme gables and a roof covered in 21,000 aluminium shingles (+ slideshow). Nakamura and his Tokyo studio NAP created the Sayama Forest Chapel for a site at the edge of a forest, which forms More

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House Zilvar by ASGK Design is an angular wooden home in the Czech countryside

A+Awards: next up in our collaboration with Architizer is this energy-efficient wooden home on the outskirts of a small village in the Czech Republic, which was one of the private houses recognised in this year’s A+Awards (+ slideshow). Designed by Prague studio ASGK Design, Energy Efficient Wooden House Zilvar occupies a site surrounded by fields More

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Coussée & Goris and RCR Arquitectes use iron-coloured concrete for Belgian crematorium

A+Awards: the next project in our collaboration with Architizer is a tinted concrete and steel crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium, which was named as one of the winners in the religious buildings and memorials category at the 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Coussée & Goris Architecten teamed up with Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes to win a competition for More

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Cherem Arquitectos builds rammed-earth house in Mexican highlands

A+Awards: we’re launching a major collaboration with Architizer profiling winners from its A+Awards. First up is this house in the Mexican highlands, with rammed-earth walls made from soil excavated on site (+ slideshow). Casa Candelaria by the Mexico City-based firm is located on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, a city in Mexico’s central highlands. The design of the 1,50o square-metre More

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