The World Architecture Festival — now in its eighth year — is the world’s largest annual celebration of architectural innovation. This year, buildings in 15 categories were recognized for their impeccable design and daring originality.
The festival’s committee also picked 12 winning planned constructions, which they dubbed the best buildings of the future.
From shopping malls and housing developments to hotels and hospitals, these are nine of the world’s coolest new buildings — present and future.
BEST DISPLAY: Brazilian Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015 in Italy by Studio Arthur Casas + Atelier Marko Brajovic
BEST HOUSING: The Interlace in Singapore by OMA:Buro Ole Scheeren
BEST IN RELIGION: Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar by Mangera Yvars Architects
BEST SCHOOL: Ballet School in Russia by Studio 44 Architects
BEST IN SPORT: San Mamés Stadium in Spain by ACXT-IDOM Architects
BEST IN TRANSPORT: Fulton Center in New York City by Grimshaw Architects
BEST COMMERCIAL MIXED USE (FUTURE PROJECT): Gardens by the Waterway Neighbourhood Centre and Polyclinic at Punggol in Singapore by Multiply Architects
BEST HOUSE (FUTURE PROJECT): Issa Grotto/Hill House in Croatia by Davor Matekovic/PROARH
BEST RESIDENTIAL (FUTURE PROJECT): Vancouver House in Vancouver by BIG Architects