The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

The people who get to dole out awards to architects each year are normally critics and panels of experts who know exactly what goes into designing a building. But what would normal people—or even the internet at large—choose?

Just like most awards programs, Architizer’s annual A+ Awards (which my colleague Alissa Walker covered earlier this week) uses a jury of experts to decide which buildings win. But it also asks the internet to vote on its favourites, awarding a special “popular choice” award to those buildings. Think of it as the Kid’s Choice Awards for architecture.

As you might expect, what the world likes doesn’t always match up with what architects and critics like. Check out a few of the more interesting favourites below.


Best Restaurant: Restaurant Steirereck by PPAG architects

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Apartment: Ice & Snow Apartment by Penda Architects

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Stadium: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors by FC Clubhouse Suh Architects

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Museum: The Blue Planet Acquarium by 3XN

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best House (XL): Sambade House by spaceworkers

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best High-Rise Office: One World Trade Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Small House: Haffenden House by PARA-Project

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Residential Interior: House in Sai Kung by Millimeter Interior Design

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Church: Community Church Knarvik by Reiulf Ramstad Architects.

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Library: James B. Hunt Jr. Library by Snøhetta /Clark Nexsen

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Bridge: Tabiat Pedestrian bridge by Diba Tensile Architecture

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

Best Airport: San Francisco International Airport, Boarding Area E by Gensler

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet 

The Best Buildings of the Year, According to the Internet