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LAND Community Center | Xi'an, China | 2020. All images: International Architecture Awards

LAND Community Center | Xi’an, China | 2020. All images: International Architecture Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has announced the winners of The International Architecture Awards for 2021. 

Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the program celebrates the world’s best and most boundary-pushing buildings and urban planning projects. A shortlist of 400 projects had been selected from over 800 entries from 46 countries. 

“These global awards show how well-considered, well-delivered, and well-performing architecture has the immense potential to improve lives and communities,” said The Chicago Athenaeum Museum President and CEO, Christian Narkiewicz-Laine. “We are very pleased to be able to celebrate some of the most innovative, ingenious and impactful architecture in the world—designed by some of the most talented architects of our time.”

Below are this year’s winning projects.

New International Airport Mexico City | México City, DF., México | 2017

Airports and Transportation Centers

  • Pahl+Weber-Pahl Architekten BDA – ZOB Wiesdorf, Leverkusen, Germany 
  • Safdie Architects – Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, Republic of Singapore 
  • Woods Bagot and John McAslan + Partners – Sydney Central Station, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Grimshaw Architects with ASPECT Studios – Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail,Sydney, New South
    Wales, Australia
  • GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH – E.ON Ultra-Fast Charging Stations, Berlin, Germany
  • FR-EE and Foster + Partners – New International Airport México City, México City, DF., México

Civic and Community Centers

  • Ping Jiang | EID Architecture – LAND Community Center, Xi’an, China
Kunming Sales Gallery | Kunming, China | 2018

Commercial Buildings

  • Formwerkz Architects LLP. – Kunming Sales Gallery, Kunming, China
  • Tzannes – Daramu House, Barangaroo, New South Wales, Australia
  • MGA | Michael Green Architecture – Catalyst Building, Spokane, Washington, USA
  • EGA Erik Giudice Architecture – New National Wholesale Market, Nantes, France

Corporate Office Buildings

  • A49HD – Warehouse 12, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Henning Larsen Architects – The Biotope, Lille, France
  • 3XN A/S – cube berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • RAU Architects – Triodos Bank Headquarters, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, The Netherlands
  • Form4 Architecture – Innovation Curve, Phase 2, Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Ricardo Yslas Gámez Arquitectos – Anteus Constructora Headquarters, Zapopan, México
Phoenix Central Park | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | 2019

Culture and Museums

  • JSWD Architekten GmbH & Co. KG and Chaix & Morel et Associés – House of European History, Brussels, Belgium 
  • CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. – Shougang No. 3 Blast-Furnace Museum, Bejing, China
  • JKMM Architects – Amos Rex, Helsinki, Finland
  • Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects – Phoenix Central Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. – Wenling Museum, Wenling, China
  • IAPA Pty. Ltd. – OCT West Xianfengdong Cultural Center-Wangzhou and OCAT Xi’an Pavilion, Xi ‘an City, Shaanxi Province, China
  • Atelier Alter Architects – Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum, Beijing, China
  • Hassell – Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Dominique Coulon & associés – Media Library and Park in Pélissanne, Pélissanne, France
  • Praksis Arkitekter – Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark
  • Glenn Howells Architects – English National Ballet, London, United Kingdom
  • Marvel Architects – TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
  • Alvisi Kirimoto and Harcome – Music Academy of Camerino ‘Franco Corelli’ – Andrea Bocelli Foudation, Camerino (MC), Italy
  • Tryba Architects -Buell Public Media Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati – MEET Digital Culture Center, Milan (MI), Italy
  • Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH – Future Art Lab Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria 


  • gh3* – Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Ross Barney Architects – Lincoln Park Zoo, Searle Visitor Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA


  • PMA (PolyMorphArchitects) – Lamborghini Exhibition Center, Zhengzhou, China
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture – Al Wasl Plaza, Dubai, UAE
  • Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. – Binh Dinh Convention Centre (BDCC), Quy Nhon, Vietnam

United States Consulate General in Matamoros | Matamoros, México | 2019

Government Buildings

  • PES-Architects Ltd. – Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre (SCAC), Mawei New Town, Fuzhou, China
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects Inc. – The Senate of Canada Building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • FXCollaborative – Ministry of Taxes, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Richärd Kennedy Architects – United States Consulate General in Matamoros, Matamoros, México


  • Berger+Parkkinen Associated Architects – Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
  • 3XN A/S – The North Wing, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kaunitz Yeung Architecture – Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Healthcare Hub, Newman, Western Australia, Australia
  • KPMB Architects and TreanorHL – CAMH Research Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • Henning Larsen Architects – Cockle Bay Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 55 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 18 Robinson, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Aedas – Shaw Tower Redevelopment, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel – La Bella Vita, Taichung, China
  • Ping Jiang | EID Architecture – Shimao Riverfront D2b Block, Wuhan, China
  • Goettsch Partners – 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dexamenes | Kourouta, Greece | 2019


  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – Qiantan Center, Shanghai, China
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – Rosewood Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Takenaka Corporation – Miyashita Park, Tokyo, Japan
  • CaberlonCaroppi Architetti Associati – DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  • IAPA Pty. Ltd. – ZOINA•Taibai Wushanju, Xi ‘an City, Shaanxi Province, China 
  • K-Studio – Dexamenes, Kourouta, Peloponnese, Greece 
  • Arab Engineering Bureau – Rosewood Hotel & Branded Residences, Lusail, Qatar
  • SpActrum – Hotel Nudibranch, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China


  • Studio Joseph – Manhattan Animal Adoption Center, New York, New York, USA


  • Sichuan Langjiu Group Co., Ltd. – The Erlang Liquor Storehouse of Langjiu Estate, Sichuan, China

Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2020


  • Adjaye Associates – Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Richärd Kennedy Architects – Cruzen-Murray Library, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, USA
  • Richärd Kennedy Architects – Asante Library, Surprise, Arizona, USA


  • Form4 Architecture – The Golden Cage, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA
  • Gómez Platero – World Memorial to the Pandemic: A Space that Pays Tribute to Life and Nature, Montevideo, Uruguay


  • Aedas – Hengqin International Financial Center, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
  • Ennead Architects LLP. – China Resources Land MixC Park, Shanghai, China
  • Sweeny&Co Architects Inc. – The Bridge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • Mercurio Design Lab srl. – Indonesia 1, Jakarta, Indonesia

Multi-Family Housing

  • Pininfarina SpA – Liora by Pininfarina, Estepona, Spain 
  • deamicisarchitetti – Residenze Canonica, Milan, Italy
  • Rhode Partners – The Independent, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH – Kurfuerstendamm 68, Berlin, Germany
  • UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. – Hadohilljo Townhouse, Jeju-do, South Korea 
  • Mobile Architectural Office – Charriere, Paris, France
  • Architects 49 Limited – Santiburi The Residences, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Arquitectonica – University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Housing, Miami, Florida, USA
  • SPEECH Tchoban&Kuznetsov – Veren Place Sovetskaya Residential Complex, St Petersburg, Russia

Cigarra House | Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil | 2019

Private Houses

  • Mino Caggiula Architects – Atelier Trepp, Origlio, Switzerland 
  • William / Kaven Architecture – Royal, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • CCY Architects – Meadow House, Aspen, Colorado, USA
  • K-Studio – Villa Mandra, Mykonos, Greece
  • Mário Martins Atelier de Arquitetura Lda. – Casa das Freiras, Lagos, Portugal
  • Swatt | Miers Architects – Mystic Ranch, Fairfield, California, USA
  • Aidlin Darling Design – Art House, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Architects 49 Limited – 3-Gen House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. – Nassim House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Coldefy – Residence G, North of France
  • XTEN Architecture – Skyhouse, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • FGMF Arquitetos – Cigarra House, Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects49 Limited – Kelapa House, Phuket, Thailand
  • Montalba Architects, Inc. – LR2 Residence Pasadena, California, USA
  • Montalba Architects, Inc. – Venice Beach House, Venice, California, USA
  • ONG & ONG Pte. Ltd. – 37FC-House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore


  • Carrier Johnson + CULTURE – Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA
  • KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH – Dajamaa El Djazir – Great Mosque of Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
  • Han Kook Architects, KACI International – The Soul Forest Doseon-sa Temple, Seoul, South Korea
  • Waugh Thistleton Architects – Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Dellekamp/Schleich – Santuario del Señor de Tula, Jojutla, Morelos, México


  • Foster + Partners – Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Mario Mazzer Architects – Snaidero USA New York Flagship Showroom, New York, New York, USA
  • Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – Galleria Gwanggyo, Suwon-si, Gyeonggido, China
  • Aedas – Xiangyang OCT Cultural and Tourism Area Joy Town, Xiangyang, China
  • Laguarda.Low Architects – Grandberry Park, Tokyo, Japan


  • Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Rejuvenation of a Historic Power House, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Archermit – Bamboo Branch Academy, Yi Bin, China
  • Mei architects and planners – Fenix I, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • GPY Arquitectos – The New Casa de Los Volcanes Exhibition Space, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Aidlin Darling Design – Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Benjai Architecture – Central China Real Estate Zhumadian Sales Centre, Zhumadian, China
  • Pei Cobb Freed & Partners – 1271 Avenue of the Americas Recladding and Repositioning, New York, New York,
  • Projectiles – Public Reception Areas of the Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France

Schulcampus Neustift | Tyrol, Austria | 2019

Schools and Universities

  • LAVA Berlin GmbH – LIFE Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects – The Rockefeller University Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus, New York, New York, USA
  • Special Projects, School of Design and Environment – School of Design and Environment 1 & 3, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP. and Lord Aeck Sargent – Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Tonkin Zulaikha Greer – Wenona Athenaeum School, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH – Federal School Aspern, Vienna, Austria
  • fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH – Schulcampus Neustift, Tyrol, Austria
  • 1+1>2 Architects – Da Hop School, Thành phố Hòa Bình, Vietnam
  • MKPL Architects Pte Ltd. – SMU Connexion, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Grimshaw Architects – Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • KPMB Architects – Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Richärd Kennedy Architects – Environmental and Natural Resources 2: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Mark Cavagnero Associates – The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, Monterey, California, USA

Sports and Leisure

  • Behnisch Architekten – adidas World of Sports Arena, Herzogenaurach, Germany
  • Aedas – International Sports and Culture Exchange Center,Shenzhen, China
  • Atelier Alter Architects – BIT Sports Center, Beijing, China

Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture

  • Atelier Brückner – City Gate Troisdorf, Troisdorf, Germany
  • AECOM – Oxygen Park, Education City, Qatar
  • SpActrum – Shaoxing Chaichangnong Refurbishment and Urban Redevelopment, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China

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