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The buildings of 2011 - as chosen by you

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The AJ asked leading figures across the profession for their favourite buildings completed in the last 12 months - and here is what they chose

Building: Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion, Hjerkinn, Norway
Nominated by: RIBA President Angela Brady and Cressida Toon, director of Sonnemann Toon Architects
‘A beautifully crafted and unique building in an incredible setting, I’d want to stay there for hours.’ (Toon)

RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes' marriage pavilion at the restaurant 'Les Cols' in Olot, Northern Catalunya

Building: RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes’ marriage pavilion at the restaurant ‘Les Cols’ in Olot, Northern Catalunya
Nominated by: Architecture critic William JR Curtis
‘The architects have achieved a haunting space of diffused light and diaphonous layers which melts into the surrounding nature.’

Building: Stanton Williams Architects’ Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
Nominated by: Richard Jobson, director of Design Engine
‘The integration of the work by artists Norman Ackroyd, Susanna Heron and William Pye is both thoughtful and beautiful.’

Building: AHMM’s Angel Building, London 
Nominated by: Matt Yeoman, director of Buckley Gray Yeoman and Marcus Lee, director, Glenn Howells Architects
It is the perfect example of how a refocusing on the UK can generate thoughtful pieces of architecture. Commissioned in London, designed in London, built in London.’ ((Yeoman)

Adam Khan Architects’ Brockholes Visitor Centre for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Building: Adam Khan Architects’ Brockholes Visitor Centre for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Nominated by: Garth Hoskins of Hoskins Architects
‘Its simple, elegant forms sit effortlessly within its wetland setting.’

Peter Zumthor’s completed design for this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London

Building: Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion
Nominated by: Andrew Ogorzalek, director, PCKO Architects
‘It is a symbolic building that creates a magical space: space to reflect, think, feel, and relax.’

Hopkins' Olympic Velodrome - PM's Better Public Building

Building: Hopkins’ Olympic Velodrome
Nominated by: Greg Lomas of Foster Lomas
Proof that RIBA competitions can produce outstanding design. Its probably going to be the architectural highlight of the 2012 games.’

Building: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’ Sandal Magna Community Primary School
Nominated by: Peter Buchan, chief executive of Ryder Architecture
‘A great example of what can be achieved with a limited budget through thoughtful design.’ 

David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Wakefield Gallery

Source: Iwan Baan

Building: David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Wakefield Gallery
Nominated by: Nic Sampson of ESA (now part of Capita Symonds)


Building: O’Donnell and Tuomey’s An Gaelaras
Nominated by:
Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners
‘This an architecture which is about context, both physical and cultural. It is anti-iconic, and like all great buildings is a truly three dimensional conception whose qualities are to be discovered and experienced.’






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  • While these are all terrific projects it's hardly "as chosen by you"; it's "as chosen by leading figures". How about a straightforward readers' choice where the only rule is that can't vote for your own practice? It might be interesting to see if any less well publicised projects make the top ten.

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