Second Annual IBNBOTY Awards : International Best New Buildings Of The Year

National Maritime  Museum of China

Each year, more than 2,000 architects from  60 countries around the world gather to  attend the World Architecture  Festival, which features the largest  and most prestigious annual awards ceremony for the industry.

The festival took place October 2nd – 4th at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands,  which was also once a WAF Award-winning design. These 29 incredible designs  were winners in their respective categories, which included Housing, Villa,  and Office. Among the winners are repurposed public spaces, brand-new  constructions, and even buildings that have yet to be started. Completed  buildings were finished between January 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013. There is no time restriction on buildings in the “future projects” categories.

 Check out some of the Winners

BEST IN HOUSING: The architects of this Los Angeles apartment complex  restored and expanded on what used to be a YMCA in the 1920s.

BEST OFFICE: This Norwegian building is made up of five layers of offices  stacked on top of each other.

Winner in Office category: “Statoil Regional and International Offices” by  A-Lab, Norway

BEST IN HIGHER ED/RESEARCH: This UK building and its piazzas blend into the  surrounding hillside, giving students a pleasant open space for studying and  relaxation.

BEST IN DISPLAY: The new home of the Denmark National Aquarium is covered in  33,000 aluminum shingles and looks just like a whirlpool.

BEST IN RELIGION: This cave-like mosque blends into its surrounding Turkish  landscape. The main part of the space is located below the canopy seen here.

BEST SCHOOL: The ground floor of this athletic complex in the Netherlands is  completely transparent, making for an airy and freeing work-out experience.

BEST IN SHOPPING: This Swedish building contains offices, housing, and shops  and has a publicly accessible roof with grassy hills.

BEST VILLA: This Singaporean villa is basically two houses in one, connected  to each other by a passageway that looks like a folding camera.

BEST IN HEALTH: Located in Chicago, this 386-bed medical complex is the  largest LEED Gold-NC certified hospital in the world.

BEST IN ENERGY/RECYCLING: This Singaporean building’s veil is able to  simultaneously protect occupants from harsh tropical sunlight and provide great  view of the park nearby.

BEST HOTEL: This London hotel’s beautiful inner courtyard brings natural  light into the rooms and provides guests with a space to relax and socialize.

BEST IN SPORT: This UK building’s fluid design reflects the complex’s many  swimming pools.

BEST IN CULTURE: This renovated art gallery in New Zealand, which won the  award for World Building of the Year, mimics the surrounding hills and forests.

BEST IN HEALTH (future project): Inner courtyards will bring light into this  medical center in Kuwait while still preserving the necessary privacy and  security.

BEST HOUSE (future project): This spiritual site in Lebanon looks like a  fallen boulder and will offer fantastic views of the neighboring forests and  seaside.

BEST OFFICE (future project): The headquarters for this Turkish  pharmaceutical company are made up of seven separate houses connected to each  other by gardens or patios.

BEST LEISURE DEVELOPMENT (future project): Located on a waterfront site of  more than 80 acres, this massive building in Singapore will house a wide range  of sporting, entertainment, retail, and leisure facilities.

FUTURE PROJECT OF THE YEAR: This design, which is made up of five separate  halls that flow towards the harbor, won in a design competition for the new  National Maritime Museum of China.

Uniting All The Best In     Real Estate ~Nino M. Gaetano~      650.207.1986
Uniting All The Best In Real Estate
~Nino M. Gaetano~

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