VDC in Chave, Portugal, by Summary is shortlisted for housing project of the year

Dezeen Awards 2020 architecture shortlist reveals world's best buildings

The shortlists for Dezeen Awards 2020 are being announced this week, starting today with the 64 architecture projects that are in the running for awards in 12 different project categories.

All shortlisted architecture projects are listed below, each with a link to a dedicated page on the Dezeen Awards website, where you can find an image and more information about the project.

All shortlists to be announced this week

The interiors shortlist will be announced tomorrow, followed by the design shortlist on Wednesday and the studio shortlist on Thursday.

Vote for your favourite project next week

For the first time ever, Dezeen Awards is introducing a public vote after the shortlist announcements, so readers can choose their favourite projects from 14 September onwards! Projects with the highest number of votes in their category will win.

Thang House in Da Nang City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia
Thang House, Da Nang City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been shortlisted in the urban house category

Shortlisted architecture projects this year are from 23 countries across the globe, including Iran, Costa Rica, Japan, Vietnam and Chile.

China is the country where the most shortlisted projects are located, with seven buildings on the list. They were selected from the 302 longlisted projects announced last month by judges including Norman Foster, Farshid Moussavi, Patrik Schumacher and Annabelle Selldorf.

Maggie's Leeds in Leeds, UK, by Heatherwick Studio
Maggie's Leeds, Leeds, UK, by Heatherwick Studio is shortlisted in the civic building category

The winner of each project category will be announced online in October. All ten winners will then go on to compete for the title of architecture project of the year.

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Below is the full architecture shortlist:


Bismarck House in Bondi, Australia, by Andrew Burges
Bismarck House, Bondi, Australia, by Andrew Burges Architects is shortlisted in urban house

Urban house

Bismarck House, Bondi, Australia, by Andrew Burges Architects
Sky House, An Phu, Vietnam, by MIA Design Studio
Forest House, Chatuchak, Thailand, by Shma Company
Daita, Setagayaku, Japan, by Suzuko Yamada Architects
Thang House, Da Nang City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Browse all projects on the urban house shortlist page.


The Red Roof in Tinh Chau, Vietnam, by Taa Design
The Red Roof, Tinh Chau, Vietnam, by Taa Design is shortlisted in rural house

Rural house

No Footprint House, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, by A-01
Casa Naila, El Puertecito, Mexico, by Baaq
Devon Passivhaus, London, UK, by McLean Quinlan
Daylesford Longhouse, Victoria, Australia, by Partners Hill
The Red Roof, Tinh Chau, Vietnam, by Taa Design

Browse all projects on the rural house shortlist page.


The Borderless Community of Zi Ni in Zi Ni, China, by FEI Architects
The Borderless Community of Zi Ni, Zi Ni, China, by FEI Architects is shortlisted in housing project. Photo is by Zheng Qingling

Housing project

Wohnregal, Berlin, Germany, by FAR
The Borderless Community of Zi Ni, Zi Ni, China, by FEI Architects
Eden, Singapore, Singapore, by Heatherwick Studio
VDC, Chave, Portugal, by Summary
Zellige, Nantes, France, by Tectōne + Tact Architectes

Browse all projects on the housing project shortlist page.


Welcome to The Jungle House in Darlington, Australia, by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Welcome to The Jungle House, Darlington, Australia, by CplusC Architectural Workshop is shortlisted in residential rebirth. Photo is by Murray Fredericks

Residential rebirth project

Bismarck House, Bondi, Australia, by Andrew Burges Architects
Altinho, Lisbon, Portugal, by António Costa Lima Arquitectos
Qishe Courtyard, Beijing, China, by Archstudio
Welcome to The Jungle House, Darlington, Australia, by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Rural House in Portugal, Aldeia de João Pires, Portugal, by Henrique Barros-Gomes Architects
North Bondi House, Bondi, Australia, by James Garvan Architecture
Glass-block Micro House, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, by Room

Browse all projects on the residential rebirth project shortlist page.


Courtyard Kindergarten in Chaoyang, China, by MAD Architects
Courtyard Kindergarten, Chaoyang, China, by MAD Architects is shortlisted in civic building. Photo is by Arch-Exist

Civic building

Maggie's at The Royal Marsden, Sutton, UK, by Ab Rogers Design
Tanzhaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, by Barozzi Veiga
Noor E Mobin G2 Primary School, Bastaam, Iran, by FEA Studio
Maggie's Leeds, Leeds, UK, by Heatherwick Studio
Courtyard Kindergarten, Chaoyang, China, by MAD Architects

Browse all projects on the civic building shortlist page.


Zhang Yan Cultural Museum in Zhang Yan Cun, China, by Shenzhen Horizontal Design
Zhang Yan Cultural Museum, Zhang Yan Cun, China, by Shenzhen Horizontal Design is shortlisted in cultural building. Photo is by Schran Images

Cultural building

Jiunvfeng Study on Mount Tai, Dongximen Village, by Gad · Line+ studio
Phoenix Central Park, Chippendale, Australia, by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects and John Wardle Architects
Zhang Yan Cultural Museum, Zhang Yan Cun, China, by Shenzhen Horizontal Design
The Reach, Washington D.C., US, by Steven Holl Architects
He Art Museum, Beijiao, China, by Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

Browse all projects on the cultural building shortlist page.


Kohan Ceram Central Office in Tehran, Iran, by Hoobadesign group
Kohan Ceram Central Office, Tehran, Iran, by Hoobadesign group is shortlisted in business building. Photo is by Deed Studio

Business building

Coffee Production Plant, Tbilisi, Georgia, by Giorgi Khmaladze Architects
Kohan Ceram Central Office, Tehran, Iran, by Hoobadesign group
IDIN Architects Office, Bangkok, Thailand, by IDIN Architects
Temporary Site of Shengli Market, Puyang, China, by LUO studio
LASVIT Headquarters, Novy Bor, Czech Republic, by OV Architekti

Browse all projects on the business building shortlist page.


The Tiing in Bali, Indonesia, by Nic Brunsdon
The Tiing, Bali, Indonesia, by Nic Brunsdon is shortlisted in hospitality building. Photo is by Ben Hosking

Hospitality building

Kasiiya Papagayo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica, by AW²
Garden Hotpot Restaurant, Chengdu, China, by Muda-Architects
Duke of York Restaurant, London, UK, by Nex—
The Tiing, Bali, Indonesia, by Nic Brunsdon
Canine & Feline Hotel, Parada, Portugal, by Raulino Silva Architect
Hotel Bauhofstrasse, Ludwigsburg, Germany, by VON M

Browse all projects on the hospitality building shortlist page.


Library Kressbronn in Kressbronn am Bodensee, Germany, by Steimle Architekten
Library Kressbronn, Kressbronn am Bodensee, Germany, by Steimle Architekten is shortlisted in rebirth project. Photo is by Brigida González

Rebirth project

Capsule hostel and bookstore, Tonglu, China, by Atelier Tao+C
Party and Public Service Center, Shiyan City, China, by Luo Studio
Hutong Bubble 218, Beijing, China, by MAD Architects
Crye Precision Headquarters, Brooklyn, US, by MN DPC
Library Kressbronn, Kressbronn am Bodensee, Germany, by Steimle Architekten

Browse all projects on the rebirth project shortlist page.


Emergency Scenery in Olot, Spain, by Unparelld'arquitectes
Emergency Scenery, Olot, Spain, by Unparelld'arquitectes. Photo is by José Hevia

Small building 

The Growing Pavilion, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Company New Heroes
In Absence, Melbourne, Australia, by Edition Office
Sixteen-Oak Barn, Berlicum, Netherlands, by Hilberinkbosch Architecten
SkinOver Reed, Brand, Austria, by IBBTE of Stuttgart University
Emergency Scenery, Olot, Spain, by Unparelld'arquitectes

Browse all projects on the small building shortlist page.


The Folds in Changzhou, China, by Atelier Scale
The Folds, Changzhou, China, by Atelier Scale is shortlisted in landscape project. Photo is by Qingshan Wu

Landscape project

The Folds, Changzhou, China, by Atelier Scale
Karen Blixens Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark, by Cobe
Phase Shifts Park, Taichung, Taiwan, by Mosbach Paysagistes
Xuhui Runway Park, Shanghai, China, by Sasaki
Path of Perspectives, Innsbruck, Austria, by Snøhetta

Browse all projects on the landscape project shortlist page.


Lille Langebro bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark, by WilkinsonEyre
Lille Langebro, Copenhagen, Denmark, by WilkinsonEyre is shortlisted in infrastructure project. Photo is by Rasmus Hjortshøj

Infrastructure project

Cycling through the Trees, Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium, by BuroLandschap and De Gregeorio & Partners
Køge Nord Station, Køge, Denmark, by Cobe and Dissing+Weitling
Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, London, UK, by Cullinan Studio
The Technion's Entrance Gate, Haifa, Israel, by Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Chiswick Park Footbridge, London, UK, by Useful Studio
Lille Langebro, Copenhagen, Denmark, by WilkinsonEyre

Browse all projects on the infrastructure project shortlist page.