“We’re not here to build for other architects, we’re here to build for all of humankind.” The World’s Best Architecture opens with these words from renowned Danish designer Bjarke Ingels. It is an all-encompassing quote which defines the book: a compilation of buildings chosen by the people who use them. Architizer’s A+Awards programme is judged by communities around the world, offering the public a rare platform to be at the centre of the discussion. The result is a diverse and wide-reaching compendium of over 150 projects – where established and emerging names are printed side-by-side.
Architecture-lovers may recognise some of these visually striking structures. Kengo Kuma & Associates’ structure for V&A Dundee is a compelling new museum connecting the River Tay and the city. The institution, which is inspired by nearby cliffs, has social interaction and connectivity at its heart. Nature is also the inspiration for Steyn Studio’s Bosjes Chapel, which responds to its mountainous backdrop through undulating white forms. Paul Keskeys, Architizer’s Content Director, names it a “new architectural icon for South Africa.”
There has never been a more important time to consider our relationship with the environment. A sustainable approach to architecture is demonstrated by a selection of award-winners. For example, New Yorkbased Terreform ONE’s mission is to design against extinction, whilst the No Footprint House in Costa Rica by A-01 responds to its habitat by passive climate control. “The projects tell us not just about the nature of great architecture today but also what it could look like tomorrow,” Keskeys explains. This volume is marked by a creative spirit of continual innovation.
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Images: Xiafu Activity Center, Xiafu, Taiwan. IMO Architecture + Design. JC Cheng & Associates, Architects & Planners