Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and measuring 4.4 million square feet, Mumbai's new Terminal 2 is expected to serve 40 million travelers per year. "By orchestrating the complex web of passengers and planes into a design that feels intuitive and responds to the region's rocketing growth, the new terminal asserts the airport's place as a preeminent gateway to India," its designers say.
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Pop-Ups & Temporary (Popular Choice/Jury): Ring of Celestial Bliss (Hsinchu City, Taiwan) —
Built in honor of Taiwan's Lantern Festival by J.J. Pan and Partners, this giant lantern features a ring of moving images produced by projection technology and LED lighting. The choice of form and materials used for the lantern were inspired by the historical and cultural characteristics of Hsinchu, whose ancient name was "City of Bamboo Walls," says the firm.
PPAG architects won a 2012 competition to redesign Austria's famed Steirereck restaurant. Clearly, the public agrees with the choice. "When designing the new dining space, we worked outward from individual tables," says PPAG of its unique reflective structure. "What used to be a terrace leading to a children's playground is now a system of pavilions branching out finger-like from a precise table arrangement."
Hotels & Resorts (Popular Choice /Jury): Knot House (Geoje-si, South Korea) —
Designed by Atelier Chang, Knot House is made up of five white, sculptural buildings that rest on a cliff on the southern coast of Geoje Island. The white walls fold in on themselves to create a private ocean view from each house.
In 2009, the head of the Roads Department of Georgia commissioned J. Mayer H. to design a system of 20 rest stops for a new highway running through Georgia to serve as a connection between Azerbaijan and Turkey. The futuristic new rest stops are located on selected scenic viewpoints along the route.
Religious Buildings and Memorials (Popular Choice): Community Church Knarvik (Norway) —
Designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the beautiful new Community Church Knarvik is located on the scenic west-coast of Norway, north of Bergen. The building was carefully adapted to blend with the existing hillside, says the firm.
Pavilions (Jury): Hy-Fi (Queens, New York) —
Design firm By The Living was commissioned by New York's Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 to create this circular tower of organic bricks. "The structure is an extension of the natural Carbon Cycle, with a revolutionary new construction material that grows out of living materials and returns to the earth through composting at the end of the structure's lifecycle," says By The Living.
Office Highrise (Jury): China Merchants Tower & Woods Park Master Plan (Shenzhen, China) —
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the China Merchants Tower is located in the Nanshan district of Shenzhen. The tower has been given a tapered shape to tilt lower floors away from the sun, decreasing sun rays hitting the exterior.
Architecture +Light (Popular Choice): Incineration Line (Roskilde, Denmark) —
it's not often that an industrial power plant makes you want to grab your camera. The design for this new Incineration Line in Roskilde, by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat, features laser-cut circular openings that cover the raw umber-colored aluminum facade. At night, back lighting turns the incinerator into a glowing beacon, symbolizing the energy production going on inside the facility.
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Government & Municipal Buildings and Police & Fire Stations (Jury): Court House (Hasselt, Belgium) —
Nobody ever really wants to find themselves in a court house. Unless it looks like this one. The new Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium is a, transparent building with direct public access, combining the court with a library and auditoriums for a university law faculty. It was a collaboration between three firms: J. Mayer H. Architects, a2o Architecten and Lens°Ass Architecten.
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Shopping Center (Popular Choice/Jury): Wollongong Central shopping center (Australia) —
Designed by HDR I Rice Daubney, the five-story Wollongong Central shopping center fuses architecture, art and culture. The city of Wollongong is about 90 kilometers south of Sydney.
Office Highrise (Popular Choice): One World Trade Center (New York) —
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill -- the same firm behind the China Merchants Tower -- One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. "Extending the long tradition of American ingenuity in high rise construction, the design solution is an innovative mix of architecture, structure, urban design, safety, and sustainability," says the firm.
Designed by Diba Tensile Architecture, the gorgeous Tabiat Bridge was created to improve access for pedestrians between two public parks, which are divided by highways. "This bridge is a place to linger rather than just to pass, so there are seating areas and green spaces on all parts of the bridge, also restaurants on the two sides of the lower level, to have enough means to make the users stay on it," says the firm.
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Religious Buildings and Memorials (Jury): Chapel in Joa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) —
This chapel, designed by Bernardes Arquitetura, is supported by a single column opposite the entrance, which rises from the ground and transforms itself into a cross at floor level. The main steel structure supports a sequence of parallel timber porticoes that progressively change the interior spatial proportion from horizontal to vertical, says the firm.
Designed by Sturgess Architecture, the Glacier Skywalk is a 1,500-foot-long interpretive walk in Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The steel and glass structure cantilevers outward, overlooking the Sunwapta Valley and facing the Athabasca Glacier.
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Health Care & Wellness (Popular Choice): Grotto Sauna (Ontario, Canada) —
Perched at the northwest edge of a private island in Ontario, the Grotto Sauna is a sculpted space designed by Partisans. "Challenging the standards of current practices in the construction industry, we worked directly with a millwork and steel fabrication partner on every detail," says the firm. "Together, we developed a new process of fabrication; utilizing state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build the Grotto."
Masterplan (Popular Choice): A Gateway to Petra (Wadi Musa, Jordan) —
The pre-historic city of Petra is Jordan's most valued tourist site, carved into sandstone cliffs soaring over 100 meters in height. "The client required a gate that streamlines and organizes the movement of visitors into and out of Petra," says Maisam Architects. The site's new gateway, which has restaurants, shops and a visitor's center, subtly transfers the visitor from the dense urban setting of Wadi Musa to the serene journey into Petra.
Dissing+Weitling is the architecture firm behind Copenhagen's cool new "Bicycle Snake." The 190-meter-long orange bridge and 30-meter ramp were designed to replace a nearby staircase -- a time-consuming obstacle for the 12,500 cyclists that pass through the area daily.
Mixed Use (Popular Choice): Óbidos Technological Park (Obidos Municipality, Portugal) —
The Óbidos Technological Park sits between Lisbon and Coimbra. It was designed to link academic research with business production, especially in the field of creative industries. "The project for the main building defines an inhabited topography on which a square-shaped ring rests," says design firm Jorge Mealha Arquitecto.
Gin-maker Bombay Sapphire commissioned Heatherwick Studio to design the company's first in-house production facility, which is also open for tours. Once a water-powered paper mill, the site contained more than 40 derelict buildings, which have been restored as part of Heatherwick Studio's master plan, says the firm.
Architecture +Branding (Popular/Jury): MINI Brand Experience Centre Shanghai —
Designed by the BMW China, Architectural Design Team, the MINI Experience Centre is a 17-meter high "walkable sculpture" consisting of a steel frame and three attached boxes. The different floors have individual themes.