Over the past three years ArchDaily has established itself as one of the largest and most up-to-date resources for architects all around the world, serving as both a place for inspiration and a reliable site to learn about new projects from large firms and small studios alike. Every year they allow their readers to select the Building of the Year, an award that celebrates the best in new architecture. There are fourteen winners in the following categories: Interiors, Offices, Institutional Architecture, Religious Architecture, Cultural, Refurbishment, Houses, Housing, Hotels & Restaurants, Industrial Architecture, Museums & Libraries, Public Facilities, Educational and Sports Architecture.
As a reader myself it's rewarding a to see projects go from the proposal stage to the finished product. These awards are also a chance for my fellow architecture fans and me to geek out over those buildings near and dear to our hearts, the ones we've watched grow from the ground up. The winners were selected after a two-stage voting process with more than 65,000 votes, and while every winning firm is remarkable, here's a list of some of my favorites. As good as they look in pictures I've never visited a single one, so if you're lucky enough to have been up close and personal with any of these sites please let me know what it was like in the comments so I can live vicariously.
Educational: Milstein Hall at Cornell University by OMA
Religious Architecture: Chapel Tree of Life by Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos
Public Facilities: Moses Bridge by RO&AD Architecten
Cultural: Tverrfjellhytta by Snohetta
Refurbishment: Town Hall Hotel by rare
Houses: MIMA House by MIMA Architects
Industrial Architecture: Fuleky Winery - TOKAJ by Ejtpitesz Studio