Best of architecture 2017

Museums, river houses, cultural centers, schools and sports centers. Selected for you, the best architectures of 2017.

Chiangmai Life Architects, Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2017. Photo Markus Roselieb

The newly built Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will open its doors to the public at the end of October with over 4,000 sqm of museum spaces including major exhibition halls, conservation areas, an auditorium and a library.

Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall in Chiang Mai, Thailand, combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material – bamboo.

Heatherwick Studio has completed in Cape Town the Zeitz MOCAA, the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

The owners of a plot in Dobříš, Czech Republic, wanted a house with no angles and in solidarity with the forest behind its back, so Mimosa Architekti built a fluid building covered with larch shakes.

With the participation of Videbæk local community, Erik Brandt Dam architects and Cornelius+Vöge have renovated an abandoned school to create a civic center.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop designed an art pavilion in Le Puy Ste Réparade, France, carving a 6 meters deep valley in the earth so as to fully incorporate the building into the vineyard.

Heatherwick Studio, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, 2017
Heatherwick Studio, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, 2017

With great sobriety and formal restraint the white building designed by Alberto Campo Baeza in Pozuelo de Alarcón houses a sports center and a classroom complex.

On the quiet banks of the river Leie, Ghent, Flemish studio Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects designed a single family house for an oldtimer enthusiast, bringing back a luxurious and leisure Mid-Century style.

The Unesco site of the Songshan Mountain, in Central China, is home to the Shaolin Monastery and is the place where Mailitis Architects designed a theatre focused on flying performances.

To renew a historical building in Taipei, B+P Architects designed a free-standing structure that is detached with the existing wall and introduces the idea of “structure as furniture”.

Vector Architects, Captain’s House, Beijiao Village, China, 2017. Photo Xia Zhi
Vector Architects, Captain’s House, Beijiao Village, China, 2017. Photo Xia Zhi

Heneghan Peng Architects designed a museum for shaping and communicating knowledge about Palestinian history, embedding the building into its immediate site.

Chilean architect Cristián Izquierdo realised a wooden vacation house whose rooms are private spaces connected to the outside by a row of portals framing the horizon.

Renovated by Vector Architects in the Huangqi Peninsula, in China, the house features a vault that connects two sides of sea landscape with dramatically different traits.

The eco-villaggio in Senegal designed by TAMassociati will become a symbol of eco-modernity, proportioned to the technical, managerial, and agricultural self-sufficiency of local communities.

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