Best of 2016 #architecture

Buildings in rammed earth and brick, museums and private houses, refurbishments, a bridge and a temporary space are among the 2016 best ones.

S+PS Architects, Collage House, Belapur, Navi Mumbai
In our selection there are projects different from each other, spread around the world, but they are all at the centre of the research for materials, construction methods and the meaning they have for the communities were they have been built.


– With an open addition in glass and bamboo to welcome visitors and children, AaL and Atelier OPA worked on a project to save from demolishment the last historic house of a small village in China.

– In the breathtaking lansdcape along the Paiva river in Portugal, engineering studio Trimétrica designed a walkway in dialogue with nature, morphology and panoramic views.

– Finalist of the Terra Award 2016, this earth house in Spain follows vernacular architecture principles and helps to re-link human to nature and to build a more sustainable architecture.

– First constructed in 1228, one of Venice’s largest and most recognizable buildings has recently been renewed by OMA to host a department store.

– Keivani Architects designed a residential building inspired by Iranian genius loci, reinterpreting the traditional orsi window in a space where stone, wood, water, light and plants combine together.

– Casa Santana is a space for people to come together, made of wood and other local materials, that blends with the lush Mexican natural landscape.

– Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed a showroom in Hanoi, Vietnam, with inexpensive traditional bricks that open up the interiors to a busy street, enhancing the view of magnificent trees.

– Designed by RPBW in Athens, the Niarchos Cultural Centre is an important cultural and educational project, comprising the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

– Taking inspiration from Mumbai’s informal settlements, S+PS Architects designed a private house on the hills using found objects and recicled elements in a very native collage.

– Designed by the spanish studio Dosis, Second Dome is a playful pneumatic living structure that will be inflated on 1 October in London to host free community events.

– In this multifunctional building for sports and events, Manuelle Gautrand links to each other distinct volumes and their functions, under a scenographic metallic shell.

– Designed by the Ljubljana-based office OFIS Architects, Villa Criss Cross Envelope aims to make an abstract interpretation of the texture of classical villas in the historical suburb.

– Shigeru Ban Architects conceived this house in Japan as part of an ongoing study on Mies Van der Rohe’s work.

– Four traditional Korean houses in the heart of Seoul become a multi-purpouse space hosting art events and a café, mixing new and old materials and tastes.

– Herzog & de Meuron extended the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, through a urban configuration and architectural language that fit into the old town and yet appear contemporary.

Top: S+PS Architects, Collage House, Belapur, Navi Mumbai

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