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International Architecture Awards 2020 – Winners

3 Sep 2020

International Architecture Awards 2020 Winners News

Greek architects award over 125 new buildings and urban planning projects from 38 nations in this year’s 15th edition of the 2020 international architecture awards

Announcing the Oldest and Largest Global Awards Program Featuring the World’s Most Prominent Architecture Firms to be Officially Celebrated at “The City and the World”

Exhibition and Gala Reception in Athens, Greece on September 11

A new corporate headquarters building by Morphosis Architects in South Korea, a new museum by Mecanoo in Taiwan, a new bridge and passenger clearance building by Aedas and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in Macao and Hong Kong, the world’s largest urban park by Omrania and Henning Larsen Architects in Saudi Arabia, four new skyscrapers by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, a stunning urban design by ASPECT Studios/Kengo Kuma in Sydney, a restored museum by Frank Gehry, a new Miami High-Rise by Herzog & de Meuron are included.

More winners include a New London Tower by SOM, two new bridges by WilkinsonEyre, a new mixed-use building by MVRDV in Amsterdam, innovative residential architecture by NADAAA and Christ.Christ. associated architects, a sleek tower by Pininfarina, a new house in Russia by J. MAYER H. und Partner, three innovative projects by Trahan Architects in the USA, 3XN Architects’ Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a new McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago by Ross Barney Architects head the list of this year’s awarded projects for 2020.

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies are delighted to announce the 2020 International Architecture Awards as the global architecture award for the world’s best new buildings and urban planning projects from over 38 nations.

Founded in 2005, these Awards for International Excellence demonstrate how buildings and urban planning projects worldwide stretch the boundaries of architecture, irrespective of style, complexity, and size of both scheme and budget.

The Awards are regarded internationally as the world’s most important global mark of excellence, recognizing the best international architecture practices, as well as the hundreds of corporate clients, developers, state and local governments, institutions, and general contractors that produced them.

“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate architectural excellence across the globe,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Architecture Critic and President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

“It is our intention that these awards uncover the world’s most innovative and visionary architecture and their professional practices, as well as spark local and global debates about the positive impact that well-designed buildings and places can have on local communities and the environment.”

“Each year, we discover how architecture is reacting to and resolving issues posed by the changing demands of a global community.”

“These awards set a standard by which to assess and promote design excellence on a global scale.”

Out of a record number of projects that were entered in 2020, over 400 submissions were shortlisted.

“These successful projects demonstrate the world’s best visionary and innovative thinking and excellence of execution by a global design practice, along with developers and clients,” continues Narkiewicz-Laine.

This year’s selected buildings and urban planning projects are from 38 nations including: Albania, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Latvia, México, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, United Kingdom, The United States, and Vietnam.

The 2020 Jury for Awards was held at Contemporary Space Athens and consisted of the following Greek architects, critics, and architecture educators:

• George Tsolakis, Architect, National Technical University of Athens

• Giannis Giannoutsos, Architect Engineer, National Technical University of Athens

• Iro Nikolakea, Architect, Head of Exhibition and Cultural Events, National Museum of


Art (EMST), Athens

• Konstantina Siountri, Architect, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Athens

• Manolis Vourakis, Architect, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – University of Leuven

• Marianna Athanasiadou, Architect, schema architecture & engineering, Athens

International Architecture Awards 2020 Shortlist

The 125 plus awarded projects for 2020 include:


Felix Fischer Architekten – Tram Schwabinger Tor, Munich, Germany
Tram Schwabinger Tor, Munich, Germany - International Architecture Awards 2020 Winners
photographerd by Rainer Viertlböck

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Richmond Ferry Terminal, Richmond, California, USA
Richmond Ferry Terminal, Richmond, California - International Architecture Awards 2020 Winners
photographerd by Billy Hustace

Aedas in Joint Venture with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Hong Kong Port Passenger Clearance Building, Hong Kong, SAR
Hong Kong Zhuhai Macao Bridge - International Architecture Awards 2020 Winners
image courtesy of architects
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge for HK Port

Aedas – Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Hong Kong, SAR


WilkinsonEyre – CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge, Toronto, Canada
CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge, Toronto, Canada, by WilkinsonEyre
photographed by Stefan Palman and James Brittain

WilkinsonEyre/Urban Agency – Lille Langebro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Peter Kuczia Architects – Solar Activation of Footbridges for Beijing, Beijing, China

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Center Street Garage, Berkeley, California, USA


IMO Architecture & Design – Xiafu Activity Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Xiafu Activity-Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan
photographed by Kyle Yu and Li Dilong

3andwich Design / He Wei Studio – Stone Nest Amphitheatre for Community Activities, Weihai, Shandong Province, China

Mobile Architectural Office – The Albert Schweitzer Community Centre in Dammarie les Lys, Dammarie les Lys, France


Ferrier Marchetti Studio – Grand Central Saint Lazare, Paris, France
Ferrier Marchetti Studio

Di Vece Arquitectos – Estudio-Galería Di Vece Arquitectos, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Ross Barney Architects – McDonald’s Chicago Flagship, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Morphosis Architects – Kolon One & Only Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Kolon One & Only Tower, Seoul, South Korea
photographed by Jasmine Park and Roland Halbe

Kolon One & Only Tower Seoul building
photographed by Jasmine Park and Roland Halbe

Takenaka Corporation – Asahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE, Osaka, Japan

3XN Architects – Olympic House, IOC – International Olympic Committee New Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland
Olympic House, Lausanne, Switzerland
photographed by Adam Mørk

Takenaka Corporation – Kanda Holdings Headquarters, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Ricardo Yslas Gámez Arquitectos – Anteus Constructora Headquarters, Zapopan, Jalisco, México

Trahan Architects – Ochsner Center for Innovation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Trahan Architects

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 52 Lime Street, London, United Kingdom
Kohn Pedersen Fox


Mecanoo – National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts by Mecanoo
photographed by Gallardo Albajar and Sytze Boonstra

National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts Korea building
photographed by Gallardo Albajar and Sytze Boonstra

PLY Union Limited – Redevelopment of Art Museum Annex, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR

Haworth Tompkins – The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
Haworth Tompkins

Lemoal Lemoal Architectes – Civic and Cultural Centre Gonzague Saint Bris, Cabourg, France

Aedas – Zhengzhou Cultural District, Zhengzhou, China

China Architecture Design & Research Group – Garden Art Museum, Nanning Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

Kaunitz Yeung Architecture – Munupi Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Australia

GPY Arquitectos – MIAC Castillo de San José, Arrecife, Lanzarote Island, Spain

Ennead Architects – Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve, Shanghai, China
Ennead Architects

Shenzhen Tanghua Architect & Associates Co., Ltd. – Bishan Art and Cultural Center, Chongqing, China
Bishan Art and Cultural Center, Chongqing, China
photograph : Arch-Exist.-2

Bishan Art and Cultural Center, Chongqing, China, by Shenzhen Tanghua Architect & Associates Co., Ltd.
photograph : Arch-Exist.-2

FXCollaborative – The Statue of Liberty Museum, Liberty Island, New York Harbor, New York, USA
Statue of Liberty Museum Building design
image courtesy of FXFOWLE Architects
Statue of Liberty Museum Building

h/sanghai United Design Group – Qingpu Archives, Shanghai, China

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co., Ltd. – Chenjiagou – ‘Impression Tai Chi’ Theatre, Chenjiagou, China

Trahan Architects – The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Arrival Garden and Moody Pavilions, Austin, Texas, USA


DP Architects Pte. Ltd. – Why Green? Singapore, Republic of Singapore
DP Architects

MUTUO and urb—in – Boyle Tower, Los Angeles, California, USA

UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. – Cloud Forests—Pavilion for Children’s Play, Hwaseong, South Korea
Cloud Forests Pavilion for Children's Play, Hwaseong, South Korea, 2017 by UNITEDLAB Associates LLC.
photographed by Pace Studio


EID Architecture – The Panda Pavilions, Chengdu, China


SZAD/Atelier Apeiron/Yunchao Xu – Future Exhibition Center in Baoding, Baoding/Hebei, China
Future Exhibition Center in Baoding, Baoding_Hebei, China, 2019 by SZAD_Atelier Apeiron_Yunchao Xu
photographed by Shengliang Su

Shenzhen Tanghua Architect & Associates Co., Ltd. – again – Tianfu International Conference Center, Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Peter W. Schmidt Architekten GmbH – Annex for the Bamberg State Archive, Bamberg, Germany

EID Architecture – again – Medog Meteorological Center, Medog County, Nyingchi Prefecture, Tibet


IDOM – BioCruces Institute Headquarters, Barakaldo, Basque Country, Spain
Biocruces Institute HQ Barakaldo Basque Country
photograph : Aitor Ortiz
BioCruces Institute HQ in Barakaldo

StudioVRA – Day Care Center for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, Benavente, Zamora, Spain

fjmt – The Wolfson Building, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp – FJMT
The Wolfson Building, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford
photograph : Quintin Lake

Ventura + Partners – Nefrodouro Dialysis Clinic, Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal

Kaunitz Yeung Architecture – again – Walu – Win Wellness Centre, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia


NOVO Architects Ltd. – Mesong Tower, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – Spring City 66, Kunming, China
Spring City 66, Kunming, China
image courtesy of architects

Valdez Arquitectos – Best in Black, Puebla, México

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 10 & 30 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA
10 & 30 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA, 2019 by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
photographed by Connie Zhou and Michael Moran

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – Azrieli Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel


UnitedLab Associates LLC. – again – Round Retreat, Kurzeme, Latvia

Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates – Mogana Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

AW² – Architecture Workshop 2 – Kasiiya Papagayo, Guancaste, Costa Rica

Liminal Architecture – Coastal Pavilions Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Raulino Silva Arquitecto – Canine and Feline Hotel, Parada, Vila do Conde, Portugal

Marge arkitekter – Naturum Trollskogen, Öland, Sweden

De Zwarte Hond / Monadnock – Park Pavilion—The Hoge Veluwe National Park, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Stinessen Arkitektur – Manshausen 2.0 Island Resort, Nordskot/Steigen, Norway


MR STUDIO Corporation – Aida Precut Division Ibaraki Factory, Ibaraki, Japan


RDH Architects (RDHA) – Idea Exchange Old Post Office Library, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

RDH Architects– Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park, Brampton, Ontario, Canada


Johnson Pilton Walker Pty. Ltd. – Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Manuelle Gautrand Architecture – Le Belaroïa, Montpellier, France

Shanghai United Design Group – Wuxi Institute of Quantum Studies, Wuxi, China

MVRDV – Valley, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Trahan Architects – again – Julia Street Mixed-Use Development, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Herzog & de Meuron – Jade Signature, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, USA
Herzog & de Meuron

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. – Manhattan Loft Gardens (The Stratford), London, United Kingdom
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Manhattan Loft Gardens Stratford, London, UK by SOM
photograph : Luke Hayes
Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford Tower

Younghan Chung Architects – Floating Cubes, Cheongwon-Gun, South Korea
Floating Cubes, Cheongwon-Gun, South Korea, 2018  by Younghan Chung Architects
photograph : Yoon Joonhwan

fjmt – again – Wonderland, Sydney, Australia

Pininfarina SpA – Sixty6, Limassol, Cyprus


Caballero Colón – Can Canyís, Capdepera, Spain

Christ.Christ. associated architects GmbH – Haus E, Wiesbaden, Germany

Ian Moore Architects – Redfern Warehouse, Sydney, Australia

Alain Carle Architecte Inc. – True North. Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects – Spring Road Residence, Ross, California, USA |

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, USA– Spectral Bridge House, Venice, California, USA

Sanjay Puri Architects – 18 Screens House, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sanjay Puri
18 Screens House Lucknow
photograph : Dinesh Mehta
18 Screens House in Lucknow

J. MAYER H. und Partner – n.n. Residence Moscow area, Russia
n.n. Residence near Moscow: J. MAYER H.
photo : Ilya Ivanov
n.n. Residence near Moscow

Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute – Comfort in Context, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan – Field House, Warsaw, Poland

Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute, Taiwan – GASEA-The Cliff House, Taitung City, Taiwan

David Jameson Architect – Manifold House, Arlington, Virginia, USA

NADAAA – Villa Varoise, Le Var, France

David Jameson Architect, Maryland – Vapor House, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

David Jameson Architect, USA – Wildcat Mountain Residence, The Plains, Virginia, USA

Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados – Panorama, San Paulo, Spain

MIA Design Studio – Sky House, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Atelier Jun – The Boulder House, Seoul, South Korea

Grupo Zegnea – Box XL Houses, Guimarães, Portugal
Box XL Houses Guimaraes Braga
photograph © João Morgado
Box XL Houses, Guimarães

A-01 (a Company / a Foundation) – No Footprint House (NFH), Ojochal, Costa Rica

Gort Scott Architects – The Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Hyunjoon Yoo Architects – Private D House, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited – Smith Residence, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Architect 49 House Design Ltd. – Veyla Natai Residences, Phang Nga Takua Thung District, Thailand

Sergio Conde Caldas Arquitetura – Capuri House, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Architects 49 (Chiangmai) Limited – Pillars House, Phrae, Thailand

Gronych & Dollega Architekten – An Steins Garten, Gießen, Germany

L’EAU design – Diaspora, Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

MHN Design Union – Double Bay Residence, New South Wales, Australia

Cherem Arquitectos – House C, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México


Heams & Michel Architectes – Boat Users on the Port of Cannes, Cannes, France

West-line Studio – Bamboo Forest Gateway, Zhuhai National Park, Chishui, Guizhou Province, China

Kris Lin International Design – Flying, Jiangyin, China


Omrania – KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, Korea – The Hug, Sejong-si, Korea


Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute – The Green Isle, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


Kris Lin International Design – Circle, Chengdu, China

Kris Lin International Design – Navigator, Tianjin, China


Gehry Partners, LLP. – Philadelphia Museum of Art Renovation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Frank Gehry

JC architecture – JCA Living Lab, Taipei City, Taiwan

Atelier Brückner GmbH – Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, Germany
Atelier Brückner
Locomotive Sheds for Artists
photograph © Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Stadtmessungsamt
Locomotive Sheds for Artists in Stuttgart

SquareWorks – #7 Southlands, Mumbai/Maharashtra, India

Kris Lin International Design – Textile, Deqing, China


WilkinsonEyre – Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Studioarch4 – Servete Maçi Primary and Secondary School, Tirana, Albania

GL Studio/Shenzhen University Institute of Architecture Design & Research Co., Ltd. – Shenzhen MSU-BIT University Student Center, Shenzhen, China

Atelier Brückner GmbH – Kindergarten, Troisdorf, Germany

CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica – Club de Niños y Niñas, Chiconaulta, Ecatepec De Morelos, Estado de México, México | 2018

Ennead Architects, NYC – Seoul Foreign School, New High School, Seoul, South Korea


Approach design (ZUP) – The Cloud Town Convention and Exhibition Center (Phase II), Hangzhou, China


Batlle i Roig Arquitectura – Scenic Path Along Igualada’s Old Gypsum Mines, Igualada, Spain
Batlle i Roig arquitectes
Pedestrian Path along the Gypsum Mines, Igualada
photograph : Jordi Surroca
Pedestrian Path along the Gypsum Mines, Igualada

HASSELL – Collect and Connect – Resilient South City, South San Francisco, California, USA

ASPECT Studios and Kengo Kuma and Associates – Darling Square, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Darling Square, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
photograph : Brett Boardman

Orania and Henning Larsen Architects – King Salman Park, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Henning Larsen
King Salman Park, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
image courtesy of architects

King Salman Park, Riyadh, KSA buildings
image courtesy of architects

ENOTA – Koper Central Park, Koper, Slovenia

Hoàng Thúc Hào Architect – Jackfruit Village. Co Dong Commune, Son Tay Town, Hanoi, Vietnam

All buildings and urban planning projects can be viewed at or at and .

This elite group of buildings and urban planning projects selected by the jury will be premiered in an exhibition at Contemporary Space Athens (74 Mitropoleos Str., GR-105 63 Athens, Greece) opening September 11 and continuing through October 11, 2020.

The exhibition is entitled “The City and the World” and is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2021.

The official Awards Presentation is postponed this year, but takes place at a Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony adjacent to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece next September 2021 due to the COVID-19 Crisis. For more information, contact: [email protected].

The buildings and urban planning projects are also published as a catalogue for Global Design + Urbanism XX (“New International Architecture”) edited by Christian Narkiewicz-Laine for Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. and is available through The European Centre and

The deadline for the 2021 International Architecture Awards is December 1, 2020.

Submissions for 2021 can be made on line at

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The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

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Phone: +353 (0)1 670 8781
Email: [email protected]

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

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