12th Annual A+Awards: Winners Announced!

Feast your eyes on the world’s best architecture in 2024.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY, June 3, 2024 Architizer, the world’s leading online platform for architecture, is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 12th Annual A+Awards. Founded on the premise of democratizing architecture, the A+Awards is the industry’s largest and most international awards program and honors the best architecture and spaces from across the globe. To view the complete collection of Jury Winners, Popular Choice Winners, Finalists and Special Mentions, hit the button below:

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Breathtakingly creative and technically astounding winning projects are found in all corners of the globe. Here’s a visual glimpse of some of this year’s winners, spanning a range of categories, geographies and specializations:

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru — Terminal 2 by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Bengaluru, India | Photos by Ar. Ekansh Goel, Studio Recall | Jury Winner, Sustainable Transportation Project

Tainan Public Library by Mecanoo, Delft, Netherlands | Photo by Ethan Lee | Popular Choice Winner, Libraries

In its 12th season, Architizer’s A+Awards spotlights the work of architects and designers who are not content with the status quo. This year’s program celebrates creative courage, highlighting the extraordinary ability of architects to respond to clients’ changing needs, our growing climate crisis, and the rapid evolution of technology.

Architizer received an unprecedented number of submissions this year, which were reviewed by the jury and the global public. The latest collection of winners reflects a collective desire to regenerate, reuse, rethink, reinvent or reimagine architecture and spaces, forming a positive precedent for the next generation. The winners will be featured in Architizer’s beloved hardbound compendium of The World’s Best Architecture, a design-forward atlas of contemporary design that is now available for pre-order.

Casa Lohr by Veinte Diezz Arquitectos, Mérida, Mexico | Photos by Manolo R. Solis | Jury and Popular Choice Winner, Residential Renovations and Additions

Komonokaen by Tatsuya Kawamoto + Associates, Nagoya, Japan | Photo by ToLoLo studio | Jury Winner, Retail

Some Firm of the Year Winners include:

  • Alison Brooks Architects, Jury Winner, Best Medium Firm (16 – 40 employees)
  • Bernardes Arquitetura, Jury Winner, Best Residential Firm
  • Foster + Partners, Jury Winner, Best Large Firm (41+ employees)
  • Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Jury Winner, Best Adaptive Reuse and Renovation Firm
  • Sanjay Puri Architects, Popular Choice, Best Commercial Firm

Select Project Winners include:

  • Upper House by Koichi Takada Architects, Brisbane, Australia, Popular Choice Winner, Multi Unit Housing – High Rise (16+ Floors) & Architecture +Art
  • The Ark – Shanghai Cement Factory Warehouse Renovation by MAD Architects, Shanghai, China, Jury Winner, Unbuilt Sustainable Non-Residential Project
  • Google Borregas by MGA | Michael Green Architecture, Sunnyvale, California, Jury & Popular Choice Winner, Architecture +Workspace
  • HAUS 1 by MVRDV, Berlin, Germany, Jury Winner, Architecture +Renovation
  • Perelman Performing Arts Center by REX, New York City, NY, Popular Choice Winner, Hall / Theater

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Maison Brummell Majorelle by Studio Bergendy Cooke, Marrakech, Morocco | Photos by Emily Andrews | Jury Winner, Hotels and Resorts

Skamlingsbanken Visitor Centre by CEBRA, Sjølund, Denmark | Photo by Adam Mørk | Popular Choice Winner, Cultural and Expo Centers

54 Social Housing – Mallorca by Joan | Fortuny Architects, Alventosa Morell , F-AM Arquitectes, Inca, Spain | Photos by José Hevia | Jury Winner, Sustainable Multi-Unit Residential Building

The judges were consistently awed by the new architectural directions signaled by the cohort of this year’s finalists, with many citing the renewed importance of contextualization, both with the immediate surroundings and with history, through an emphasis on regional materials, labor and techniques that respond to local conditions and heritage. The increasing prominence of landscape-driven design and building reuse across the globe was also remarkable.

All of these tendencies highlight the industry’s shift towards greener, more environmentally minded practices, proving that high-tech innovations are not the only way forward; low-tech innovations in passive heating and cooling, water reuse, and natural ventilation and illumination abound.

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High Line – Moynihan Connector by Field Operations, New York City, New York | Photo by Lucas Blair Simpson, SOM | Popular Choice Winner, Architecture +Landscape

Taisugar Circular Village by Bio-architecture Formosana, Tainan, Taiwan | Photos by Studio Millspace | Popular Choice Winner, Sustainable Multi-Unit Residential Building

Loma Sagrada by SALAGNAC Arquitectos, Nosara, Costa Rica | Photo by Andres Garcia Lachner | Jury Winner, Private House (XL >6000 sq ft)

As Juror Jim Hanford, Principal, Building Performance and Sustainability Leader at The Miller Hull Partnership put it, “it is clear that we know how to design and build “high performing buildings” that reduce energy use, supply on site renewable energy, reuse water, etc. The projects that intrigued me were doing those things while innovating materially with new or old materials intended to be lower carbon ways of constructing.”

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Similarly, juror Erin McDade, Senior Program Director at Architecture 2030 noted, this year there were a “number of projects that specifically called out their embodied emissions interventions, as well as [an] increased prevalence of mass timber construction in diverse regions across the globe.”

The overall consensus is that environmental considerations are no longer an exceptional addition to beautiful designs; low-carbon building is has gone mainstream and contributions to making the industry more sustainable are now a baseline expectation for architects. Rather than being a limitation, many of the 12th Annual A+Awards winners prove that environmental and sustainability considerations are fertile ground for a more rooted, contextual and meaningful design culture.

Gratitude and Looking Forward

Architizer extends its heartfelt thanks to every architecture and design firm that participated in this season’s A+Awards. Your work culminates in architecture, interiors and landscapes that enrich the lives of communities around the world, and we are thrilled to showcase the industry’s standard setters on the global stage.

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