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Readers poll: What is your Building of the Year?


Tell us which scheme you think should win the coveted AJ120 Building of the Year trophy

We want to hear which stand-out building of 2014 you think should be handed the AJ120 Building of the Year Award on 3 June.

Theatres, schools, health centres and even a distillery and a yacht club are among the varied projects vying for the award.

AJ120 Building of the Year Vote Now

The shortlist

St John Bosco Art College

Architect BDP

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool by BDP

The St John Bosco Art College in Croxteth, Liverpool, opened its doors to pupils at the start of the current academic year. A massive shed clad in Kingspan panels the colourful building delivers 15 per cent more area than the traditional Building Bulletin 98 school. 

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Fulton Centre

Architect Grimshaw

Fulton Centre, New York City by Grimshaw

Sitting in the heart of New York’s Lower Manhattan, the Fulton Centre is a transport hub arranged around a central large-scale atrium. The building streamlines connections between eleven subway lines and sees 300,000 passengers each day.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire

Architect Reiach and Hall

Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Airdrie by Reiach and Hall Architects

This £1.8 million new Maggie’s centre, which provides ‘emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families’, sits at the north end of the Monklands Hospital site in Airdrie.

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Diwan Amiri Quarter

Architect Allies and Morrison

Diwan Amiri Quarter, Qatar by Allies and Morrison

The Diwan Amiri Quarter is the first phase of the Msheireb Heart of Doha Masterplan. The project is a group of three stone-clad public buildings amounting to approximately 150,000m² of development. 

Sea Containers House redevelopment

Architect tp bennett

Sea Containers House redevelopment, London by tb bennett

At Sea Containers house on the bank of the Thames tp bennett have refurbished the existing scheme internally and externally. The scheme includes office space, a high-end hotel, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Theatre Royal extension

Architect Page\Park

Theatre Royal extension, Glasgow by Page\Park

Focused on the audience’s journey from the ‘street to seat’, Page\Park’s transformation of the Scottish Opera’s Theatre Royal in Glasgow has provided a new dramatic extension linked to the building’s A-listed auditoriium.

Everyman Theatre

Architect Haworth Tompkins

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins

This Stirling Prize-winning project replaced a much-loved institution in the city. The original Everyman Theatre opened in 1964 in the shell of a nineteenth century chapel, but the building was in a state of disrepair and Haworth Tompkins’ scheme saw it pulled down and replaced in a nine-year-long project.

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Yacht Club

Architect Foster + Partners

Yacht Club, Monaco by Foster + Partners

Forming the centrepiece of Monaco’s remodelled harbour, the building is designed as a ‘celebration of sailing’ with large deck-like terrace that face the seafront. The scheme includes shops and public spaces at harbour level, while also housing the area’s rowing club and sailing school.  

Hanham Hall housing

Architect HTA Design

Hanham Hall housing, Bristol by HTA Design

This scheme of 185 new homes was the first site in the government’s Carbon Challenge initiative. Set in the grounds of a former hospital the development also features green spaces, allotments, a restaurant, nursery, community hall, cafe, and offices.

Dalmunach Distillery

Architect Archial NORR

Dalmunach Distillery, Speyside by Archial NORR

This new distillery for the Chivas Brothers is part of a wave of new distilleries being built to meet the rising global demand for Scotch Whisky. Built on the site of the former Imperial distillery, the scheme incorporates the latest heat recovery technology.

Leventis Art Gallery and Apartments

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Leventis Art Gallery and Apartments, Nicosia by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

This art gallery-cum apartment tower in Nicosia, Cyprus is arranged around three sides of a plaza with the gallery occupying the three storey podium and appartments in the tower. Each apartment occupies an entire floor of the tower with balconies facing south, west and, interspersed with bays, north to the mountains.

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Burntwood School

Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Burntwood School, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Burntwood School, a large 2,000-pupil all-girl school with more than 200 staff in Wandsworth, is one of the final buildings procured through the BSF programme. The scheme consists of four teaching pavilions, a new sports hall and performing arts building. 

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The AJ120 awards take place on 3 June at The Pavilion at the Tower of London.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Chris Roche

    In 2015, as in past years Architects are invited to choose a Building of the Year from a predetermined shortlist without the option of nominating an alternative. Equally, as in previous years the criteria for selection remain unclear. Are we to select like Politicians the most tele-genic building of the year, or are we being offered a choice to select a building which offers potential for change to the wider benefit of society and the profession. I suspect as always, and not unlike recent Political choice there is a dis-connect between public and professional values, i.e. there appear to be a number of high-cost "iconic" buildings to choose from, and no low-cost "affordable" homes, which are critically needed.
    Chris Roche / Founder 11.04 Architects

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  • Paul McGrath

    Well said sir!

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