All 129 of them.
Spanning over 60 categories, the Architizer A+ Awards — billed as the “definitive global architectural award program” designed to “break architecture out of the echo chamber” — could be viewed as the Golden Globes to the Pritzker Prize’s Academy Awards. A somewhat weak analogy but it works: whereas the Pritzker Prize may be viewed as stuffy and exclusive, the A+ Awards is looser, louder, hipper, and doesn’t itself too incredibly seriously. It's also delightfully huge with an agressive social media presence and a lecture-free (!) gala leading up to NY Design Week in May.
So where to start in?
While many of the big-name winning projects fall under the building typology category (residential and office buildings, single family homes, museums, gardens, airports, hotels, restaurants, retail, etc.) it’s in the “Plus” category where things get really interesting — it's where many "young firms bubbling up from the underground" and decidedly more audacious projects (sea sponge-inspired skyscrapers, timber-clad meadow bridges, Chinese tricycle houses, etc) get an opportunity to shine.
Given that the Plus categories zero in on “the link between global issues and the structures that society builds,” it would make sense that a slew of sustainability-centric entries are recognized. Over at sister site TreeHugger, Lloyd Alter has wrangled up the top sustainable buildings appearing in the Architecture +Sustainability sub-category. One of the finalists, to no surprise, is Seattle’s deep, deep green Bullitt Center. However, Bercy Chen's Edgeland House in Austin took the most votes both from the A+ Awards' positively massive (over 300 people!) jury and through online popular voting.
And then there’s the Architecture +Living Small sub-category:
The world is urbanizing and as a consequence cities are looking for new models of density. Submit projects that take on the idea of life within a small footprint. The judges will be looking for innovation within this area for judging.
Beyond the Hill, Yokohama-shi, Japan
Hut on Sleds, Whangapoua, New Zealand
Mountain Cabin in Laternser Valley, Laterns, Austria — Jury Award
Marte Marte Architects (2011)
Portable Home APH80, Madrid — Popular Award
ÁBATON Architects (2013)
More on APH80 here
Tree House, London
6a Architects (2013)
Special mentions: Pocket House, Belo Horizonte, Brazil — Cristina Menezes Arq. (Pictured below); Kubo House, Coquimbo, Chile — Alvaro Rojas Vio; Living Cube, Bern, Switzerland — Till Könneker; Coodo Mobile Living, Berlin —LTG Lofts to go GmbH & Co. KG (pictured at top of page); Living Workshop; Islington, U.K. —Ullmayer Sylvester Architects
All images via Architizer. Credits: Beyond the Hill: Acaa; Hut on Sleds: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects/Jackie Meiring; Mountain Cabin: Marte Marte Architects; Portable House APH80: ÁBATON Architects; Tree House: 6a Architects; Pocket House: Cristina Menezes Arq./Jomar Bragança
More Architizer A+ Awards winners, past and present, at MNN:
- Iceberg apartments ahead! Isbjerget development completed in Denmark
- Hot springs-heated hotel in Iceland does the northern lights right
- German air raid bunker transformed into renewable energy facility
- A bucolic Spanish beauty built from the bones of a derelict cow shed