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World's 85 best buildings shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen has announced the architecture shortlist for this year's Dezeen Awards, which includes buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects, Olson Kundig and Open Architecture.

The 85 shortlisted projects, which are in the running for awards in 16 different architecture project categories, were designed by studios located in 28 different countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Greece, Malaysia, Hungary and Tanzania.

The top three represented studio countries are UK with 20 shortlisted entries, followed by Mexico with eight and Australia with seven.

The top project city locations are London, with eight shortlisted entries, followed by Amsterdam with three and Tehran, Shenzhen, Sheffield, Mexico City and Melbourne tied in third with two each.

Shortlisted projects include a six-storey school featuring cork walls and indoor gardens on the outskirts of Madrid and a rotating footbridge operated by a series of hand cranks in London.

The shortlist includes several buildings made from rammed earth including a single-storey farmhouse with crisscrossing staircases in Rajasthan and a narrow nursery set on the grounds of a 19th-century palace in Paris.

A collaboration between Heatherwick Studio and BIG, which saw firms create a 1.1-million-square-foot campus in California for search engine company Google, was another shortlisted project.

Dezeen Awards 2023 shortlists revealed this week

The shortlisted projects were scored by our jury which includes architects Omar Gandhi, Lara Lesmes, Thom Mayne and Olayinka Dosekun-Adjei.

Dezeen Awards 2023, in partnership with Bentley Motors, will reveal all shortlisted projects this week. The interiors shortlist will be published tomorrow, followed by the design shortlist on Wednesday and the sustainability on Thursday.

This year's new nomination-based Designers of the Year and Bentley Lighthouse Award shortlists will be announced this Friday and next Monday respectively.

Lumi Shala
Above: Lumi Shala by Ibuku Studio was one of the shortlisted projects. Photo by Alchemy Yoga Center. Top: Google Bay View by Heatherwick Studio and BIG was also shortlisted. Photo by Iwan Baan

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 shortlisted projects will also feature in their own dedicated Dezeen post.

The winner of each project category will be announced at our party in November. All 15 winners will then go on to compete for the title of architecture project of the year. This category is sponsored by Material Bank.

Read on for the full architecture shortlist:

Casa Ederlezi
Ederlezi by Práctica Arquitectura. Photo by Apertura Arquitectónica

House (urban)

Spruce House and Studio, London, UK, by Ao-ft
Debris Block House, Bangalore, India, by CollectiveProject
Labri, Hue, Vietnam, by Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates
Ederlezi, San Pedro Garza García, Monterrey, Mexico, by Práctica Arquitectura
Townhouse Neubaugasse, Vienna, Austria, by PSLA Architekten
19 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, Australia, by SJB

Browse all projects on the urban house shortlist page

Studio House
Studio House by William Samuels Architects. Photo by Simon Devitt

House (rural)

Mud House, Alwar, India, by Sketch Design Studio
The Inside Home, Tehran, Iran, by Olgoo
Summer House, Tihany, Hungary, by RAPA Architects
Traditional House of the Future, Guizhou Province, China, by The University of Hong Kong, Lidia Ratoi and John Lin
Studio House, Nelson, New Zealand, by William Samuels Architects

Browse all projects on the rural house shortlist page

Ferrars & York by HIP V. HYPE. Photo by Tess Kelly

Housing project

Nightingale Village, Brunswick, Australia, by Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects and Hayball and Kennedy Nolan
Small Houses, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, by Bloom Architecture
Ferrars & York, Melbourne, Australia, by Hip V Hype
Park Hill Phase 2, Sheffield, UK, by Mikhail Riches
Domus Houthaven, ​​Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Shift Architecture Urbanism
The Arches, London, UK, by The DHaus Company

This category is sponsored by Gaggenau.

Browse all projects on the housing project shortlist page

Helvetia by Austin Maynard Architects. Photo by Derek Swalwell

House renovation

El Priorato, Trespaderne, Spain, by Atienza Maure Arquitectos
Helvetia, Melbourne, Australia, by Austin Maynard Architects
Villa VD, Waasmunster, Belgium, by Britsom Philips Architects
Introverse, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, by Core Design Workshop
La Clara, Barcelona, Spain, by CRÜ Studio

Browse all projects on the house renovation shortlist page

Dokubo+El Amigo
Dokubo+El Amigo by Jo Nagasaka and Schemata Architects. Photo by Kenta Hasegawa

House extension

Sunday, Melbourne, Australia, by Architecture Architecture
BEEV, Beerse, Belgium, by ISM Architecten
Dokubo + El Amigo, Setouchi, Japan, by Jo Nagasaka and Schemata Architects
Maxon Studio, Carnation, USA, by Olson Kundig
Garden Tower House, Melbourne, Australia, by Studio Bright

Browse all projects on the house extension shortlist page 

Serpentine Bookhouse
Serpentine Bookhouse by Atelier XI. Photo by Zhang Chao

Civic project

Serpentine Bookhouse, Shenzhen, China, by Atelier XI
The Tree House, London, UK, by Bell Phillips
Community Development Center, Tabasco, Mexico, by Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica (CCA) / Bernardo Quinzaños
New Temple Complex, Hampshire, UK, by James Gorst Architects
Lea Bridge Library extension, London, UK, by Studio Weave

Browse all projects on the civic project shortlist page 

32° East Arts Centre
32° East Arts Centre by New Makers Bureau. Photo by Tim Latim

Cultural project

Bundanon Art Museum, Illaroo, Australia, by Kerstin Thompson Architects
Liknon, Samos, Greece, by K-Studio
Yongchun Vinegar Sightseeing Factory, Quanzhou, China, by Lel Design Studio
IF.BE (Ice Factory Ballard Estate), Mumbai, India, by Malik Architecture
Shanfeng Academy, Suzhou, China, by Open Architecture
32° East Arts Centre, Kampala, Uganda, by New Makers Bureau

Browse all projects on the cultural project shortlist page

Urban Farming Office
Urban Farming Office by VTN Architects. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki

Workplace project

Furnish Studio, Rayong, Thailand, by 11.29 Studio
Campus Betterware Guadalajara, El Arenal, Mexico, by Estudio MMX + Luis Campos
Google Bay View, California, USA, by Heatherwick Studio and BIG
Urban Farming Office, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by VTN Architects
Bradbury Works, London, UK, by YN Studio
Beeah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE, by Zaha Hadid Architects

This category is sponsored by Lualdi.

Browse all projects on the workplace project shortlist page

Lanserhof Sylt
Lanserhof Sylt by Ingenhoven Associates. Photo by Ingenhoven Associates/HGEsch

Health and wellbeing project

Maggie's Southampton, Southampton, UK, by AL_A
Lumi Shala, Gianyar, Bali, by Ibuku Studio
Lanserhof Sylt, List, Germany, by Ingenhoven Associates
Alzheimer's Village, Dax, France, by NORD Architects and Champagnat & Gregoire Architects
Gilbert Raby Therapeutic Workshops, Paris, France, by Tolila Gilliland
Dentistry Coexisting with Nature, Aichi, Japan, by TSC Architects

Browse all projects on the health and wellbeing project shortlist page

Rural School For Cement Factory Workers Children
Rural School For Cement Factory Workers Children by CollectiveProject. Photo by Benjamin Hosking

Education project

Simba Vision Montessori School, Engare Nanyuki, Tanzania, by Architectural Pioneering Consultants
Nursery in Alma Palace, Paris, France, by Atelier Régis Roudil Architectes
Rural School For Cement Factory Workers Children, Talaricheruvu, India, by CollectiveProject
The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl's School, Jaisalmer, India, by Diana Kellogg Architects
Reggio School, Madrid, Spain, by Office for Political Innovation
Riverside Plant Research 1 at the University of California, Riverside Plant Research 1, USA, by Perkins&Will

Browse all projects on the education project shortlist page

Clifford's Tower
Clifford's Tower by Hugh Broughton Architects. Photo by Dirk Lindner

Heritage project

Clifford's Tower, York, UK, by Hugh Broughton Architects
Park Hill Phase 2, Sheffield, UK, by Mikhail Riches
Beato Convent Events Centre, Lisbon, Portugal, by Risco
Centro Gastronómico, Oaxaca, Mexico, by RootStudio
Bokšto Skveras, Vilnius, Lithuania, by Studio Seilern Architects with Archinova
Kingway Brewery Renovation, Shenzhen, China, by Urbanus Architecture & Design

Browse all projects on the heritage project shortlist page

Wraxall Yard
Wraxall Yard by Clementine Blakemore Architects. Photo by Lorenzo Zandri

Hospitality project

Wraxall Yard, Dorset, UK, by Clementine Blakemore Architects
Boobun Pocket Café, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, by CUP Scale Studio
Dapi Mountain Restaurant, Hebi City, China, by Galaxy Arch
Casa TO, Mexico City, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy
Lost Lindenberg, Jembrana, Indonesia, by Lost Lindenberg
PituRooms, Salatiga, Indonesia, by Sahabat Selojene

Browse all projects on the hospitality project shortlist page

Cody Dock Rolling Bridge
Cody Dock Rolling Bridge by Thomas Randall-Page. Photo by Jim Stephenson

Infrastructure and transport project

Ecoparque Bacalar, Bacalar, Mexico, by C733
Elizabeth Line, London, UK, by Grimshaw
Jahad Metro Plaza, Tehran, Iran, by Ka Architecture Studio
The Memorial Park Land Bridge and Prairie, Houston, USA, by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Cody Dock Rolling Bridge, London, UK, by Thomas Randall-Page
IJboulevard, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by VenhoevenCS Architecture+Urbanism

Browse all projects on the infrastructure and transport project shortlist page

Veneti-An Tea House
Veneti-An Tea House by Mitsubishi Jisho Design. Photo by Yuta Sawamura

Small project

AirBubble Playground, Warsaw, Poland, by EcoLogicStudio
The False Banana Pavilion, Ardingly, UK, by FleaFollyArchitects
Veneti-An Tea House, Venice, Italy, by Mitsubishi Jisho Design
Suetomi AoQ Cafe Stand, Kyoto, Japan, by Ryohei Tanaka and G Architects Studio
Kithara Music Public Kiosk, Mexico City, Mexico, by TO

Browse all projects on the small project shortlist page

Stormwater pond at Exercisfältet
Stormwater pond at Exercisfältet by White Arkitekter. Photo by Måns Berg

Mixed-use project

Pôle Laherrère, Pau, France, by CoBe Architecture et Paysage
Valley, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by MVRDV
The Hoxton Mule, London, UK, by Sam Jacob Studio
Mayfield Park, Manchester, UK, by Studio Egret West
Héroes de Tecamac Rambla, Mexico, by Taller Capital
Stormwater Pond at Exercisfältet, Uppsala, Sweden, by White Arkitekter

Browse all projects on the mixed-use project shortlist page

Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.