Are These the Coolest Buildings in the World? Architecture Fans Think So

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By Max Rosenberg

Online architecture database Architizer has just announced the winners of its first annual "A+" awards, meant to "break architecture out of the echo chamber" and into the public eye. There were 52 categories in total, ranging from Best Memorial to Best High-Rise Office Building.

Buildings could win in one of two ways: 1) Jury Award - chosen by an international panel of over 200 architects, cultural leaders and people who hire architects, or 2) Popular Award - a public vote with people from over 100 countries. The winners are unique designs from every corner of the planet. We're highlighting some of our favorites here; click over to Architizer to see the full collection of winners.

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Are These the Coolest Buildings in the World? Architecture Fans Think So

The Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul, South Korea, Steven Holl Architects.

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The House In Travessa Do Patrocínio in Lisbon, Portugal, Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, and Manuel Cachão Tojal.

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The Dolomitenblick in Sesto, Italy, Plasma Studio.

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The Iceberg Dwellings in Aarhus, Denmark, Julien De Smedt Architects, Cebra a/s, Search, and Louis Paillard.

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The Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, Steven Holl Architects.

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Skyhouse, in New York, David Hotson.

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Centra at Metropark in Iselin, New Jersey, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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The Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey, REX.

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Daum Space.1, Seoul, South Korea, Mass Studies.

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The iGuzzini Illuminazione Ibérica Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, Josep Mias Architects.

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The China Steel Corporation Headquarters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Artech Architects.

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One Shelley Street in Sydney, Australia, Clive Wilkinson Architects.

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Tokyo, Japan, Emmanuelle Moureaux.

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The CONTemporary Library in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, studio 8 1/2.

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Cabañas Morerava in Isla de Pascua, Chile, AATA Arquitectos.

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Wildspitzbahn in Tirol, Austria, Baumschlager Hutter Partners.

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The Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, Rafael Vinoly Architects.

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The Rest Stops in Gori, Georgia, J. Mayer H. Architects.

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The Yardmaster's Building in Melbourne, Australia, McBride Charles Ryan.

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Bicycle station ICE Bahnhof Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany, Osterwold+Schmidt.

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Guertin Boatport in Storm Bay, Canada, 5468796 Architecture.

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Museo Soumaya in Granada, Mexico, Fernando Romero Enterprise.

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The Dalian International Conference Center in Dalian, China, Coop Himmelb(l)au.

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DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture in Madrid, Spain, Aparicio and Donaire.

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The Horse on the Ceiling in Muenster, Germany, Zauberscho(e)n.

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This Pool and spa area for a Hotel in Majorca, Spain, Estudio A2arquitectos.

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The UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy in Chicago, Illinois, JGMA.

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UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Vancouver, Canada, Saucier And Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects.

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The National Tourist Route Trollstigen in Trollstigen, Norway, Reiulf Ramstad Architects.

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The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial, St. Paul, Minnesota, Leo A. Daly.

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The Garden Mausoleum at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, HGA Architects.

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The Cluj Arena in Cluj- Napoca, Romania, Dico si Tiganas.

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The New Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo, Norway, Julien De Smedt Architects.

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Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1, and Superflex.

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The Armadillo Crèche in Johannesburg, South Africa, Cornell University Sustainable Design.

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