Winners of The Architizer A+ Awards, the world’s biggest awards program dedicated to architecture and building products, have been announced, with a roster that includes projects like Zeitz MOCAA by Heatherwick Studio, in Cape Town, South Africa; CityLife Shopping District by Zaha Hadid Architects, in Milan; Lego House by BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group, in Billund, Denmark; Chicago’s Apple Flagship Store by Foster + Partners; and Confluence Park by Lake|Flato, in San Antonio, Texas.
“The Award is an incredible honor. Every project we undertake excites us, either because it allows us to rethink standard typologies or because it offers new modes of engagement with communities. To be recognized for work that you deeply believe in is incredibly rewarding,” says 2017 honoree Sir David Adjaye. Other prior awardees include Gluckman Tang Architects, Studio Gang Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and Peter Zumthor.
The jury members for this year’s Architecture & Design category were Annabelle Selldorf, principal, Selldorf Architects; Yves Behar, founder, Fuseproject; Jeanne Gang, founding principal, Studio Gang Architects; and Mónica Ponce de León, dean, Princeton University School of Architecture. The competition's jurors also also included representatives from the art, technology and media worlds, such as artist Olafur Eliasson, journalist Guy Raz, Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, and Piera Gelardi, creative director and Founding partner at Refinery 29.
This year's program saw 5,000 entries arrive from over 100 countries, with both a jury-chosen winner and a popular winner awarded in each of the 98 categories. The Popular Choice winners were dictated by the more than 400,000 public votes submitted worldwide. Special Honoree Awards for achievement are also being awarded this year, in addition to the roundup of Popular Choice and Jury winners. Special Honoree Awards were given for Firm of the Year: MVRDV; Project of the Year: Foro Boca Concert Hall (Rojkind Arquitectos); Project of the Year: Institute for Contemporary Art VCU (Steven Holl Architects); Project of the Year: Waterside Buddhist Shrine (ArchStudio); and Project of the Year: The Silo (COBE).