Dezeen Awards 2018 architecture shortlist reveals the world's best new buildings

Today we're announcing the architecture shortlist for the first Dezeen Awards, featuring a rammed-earth cricket pavilion in Rwanda, a structure made out of kites in Taiwan and a wooden house in a Norwegian forest.

There are 42 projects across eight categories on the Dezeen Awards architecture shortlist, recognising the best new buildings from all around the world.

The list includes designs by prolific studios, including Foster + Partners, Adjaye Associates, Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl Architects and OMA. It also features Vo Trong Nghia Architects from Vietnam, Tato Architects from Japan, Studio MK27 from Brazil and Atelier Deshaus from China.

Floating Pavilion by Shen Ting Tseng Architects, a structure with a canopy made out of kites, is shortlisted in the small building category. Photo is by Shawn Liu Studio

The shortlist was selected by a panel of leading architects and industry figures, including John Pawson, Ma Yansong, Dorte Mandrup, Sarah Wigglesworth, Deborah Berke, Sam Jacob and Sadie Morgan. They were selected from a longlist of 218 projects.

Projects were judged according to three criteria, scoring them according to whether they were beautiful, innovative, and beneficial to people and planet.

Other highlights from the shortlist include a vineyard hotel in Uruguay, a park shelter in Tasmania, a silo building in Shanghai that has been transformed into an exhibition space and a residential building in Beirut with a reconfigurable facade.

The winner of each category will be announced in a ceremony on 27 November and all eight winners will go on to compete for the title architecture project of the year.

Krakani-Lumi, a park shelter in Tasmania by Taylor and Hinds Architects, is shortlisted in the hospitality building category. Photo is by Adam Gibson

The shortlists for the interiors, design and studios categories will also be revealed on Dezeen this week.

The architecture shortlist is listed below. Click through for more info on each entry:


› Bruma House, Mexico, by Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez
› Ruins Studio, Dumfries, UK, by Lily Jencks Studio and Nathanael Dorent Architecture
› Mylla Hytte, Jevnaker, Norway, by Mork-Ulnes Architects
› House in Miyamoto, Osaka, Japan, by Tato Architects
› Stacked Planters House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Housing project

› Nightingale 1, Victoria, Australia, by Breathe Architecture
 Dongziguan Affordable Housing, Hangzhou, China, by Gad Line+ Studio
› 15 Clerkenwell Close, London, UK, by Groupwork + Amin Taha
› Somosaguas, Madrid, Spain, by Studio MK27
› Swahili Gem, Mombasa, Kenya, by Urko Sanchez Architects

Tall building

› Maersk Tower, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, by CF Møller Architects
› Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul, Korea, by David Chipperfield Architects
› The Murray, Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong, by Foster + Partners
› Modulofts, Beirut, Lebanon, by Fouad Samara Architects
› Lubango Center, Lubango, Angola, by Promontorio

Civic and cultural building

› Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, USA, by Adjaye Associates
Bamboo Sports Hall, Chiang Mai, Thailand, by Chiangmai Life Architects
› The Wadden Sea Centre, Ribe, Denmark, by Dorte Mandrup
Saint Nazaire School of Fine Arts, Nantes, France, by Franklin Azzi Architecture
Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa, by Heatherwick Studio
› Rwanda Cricket Stadium, Gahanga, Kigali, Rwanda, by Light Earth Designs

Business building

› Bloomberg, London, UK, by Foster + Partners
› 53 Great Suffolk Street, London, UK, by Hawkins\Brown
› New Lab at The Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, USA, by Marvel Architects
› Amazon Spheres, Seattle, USA, by NBBJ
› GS1 Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal, by Promontorio

Hospitality building

› Public, New York, USA, by Herzog & de Meuron
› Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions, Tasmania, Australia, by Liminal Architecture
› Sacromonte Landscape Hotel, Maldonado, Uruguay, by MAPA
› Maggie's Centre Barts, London, UK, by Steven Holl Architects
› Krakani-Lumi, Tasmania, Australia, by Taylor and Hinds Architects

Rebirth project

› Renovation of 80,000-ton silos on Minsheng Wharf, Shanghai, China, by Atelier Deshaus
Clover House, Aichi-ken, Japan, by MAD
› The Storefront Theater, Lyons, USA, by Matthew Mazzotta
› Shangwei Village Plugin Houses, Shenzhen, China, by People's Architecture Office
› Village Lounge of Shangcun, Shangcun Village, China, by SUP Atelier
› Nocenco Cafe, Nghe Anh, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Small building

Centre for Change, Okana, Kenya, by Laura Katharina Straehle and Ellen Rouwendal
› Made in Oakfield, Hull, UK, by Matt+Fiona
› MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia, by OMA
› Floating Pavilion, Taipei, Taiwan, by Shen Ting Tseng Architects
› Micasa Vol C, Sao Paolo, Brazil, by Studio MK27