World’s top 85 buildings selected for Dezeen Awards 2023

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The architecture shortlist for this year’s Dezeen Awards has been announced, featuring impressive projects from renowned studios around the world. Zaha Hadid Architects, Olson Kundig, and Open Architecture are among the participants.

With 85 projects shortlisted in 16 different architecture categories, studios from 28 countries, including Greece, Cambodia, and Hungary, have made the list. The UK leads with 20 shortlisted entries, followed by Mexico with eight, and Australia with seven.

London leads the way in terms of project city locations, with eight shortlisted entries. Amsterdam follows with three, while Tehran, Shenzhen, Sheffield, Mexico City, and Melbourne are tied in third place with two each.

Some standout projects on the shortlist include a school on the outskirts of Madrid featuring cork walls and indoor gardens, as well as a rotating footbridge operated by hand cranks in London. The shortlist also includes buildings made from rammed earth, such as a farmhouse in Rajasthan with crisscrossing staircases and a nursery in Paris set on the grounds of a 19th-century palace.

One notable collaboration on the shortlist is between Heatherwick Studio and BIG, who created a 1.1-million-square-foot campus in California for search engine company Google.

The shortlisted projects were carefully scored by a prestigious jury panel consisting of architects Omar Gandhi, Lara Lesmes, Thom Mayne, and Olayinka Dosekun-Adjei.

Dezeen Awards 2023, in partnership with Bentley Motors, will be announcing all the shortlisted projects this week. The interiors shortlist will be revealed tomorrow, followed by the design shortlist on Wednesday and the sustainability shortlist on Thursday.

This year’s awards also feature two new nomination-based categories: Designers of the Year and the Bentley Lighthouse Award. The shortlists for these categories will be announced on Friday and next Monday, respectively.

All the shortlisted projects, with dedicated pages on the Dezeen Awards website, will be featured in their own posts on the platform.

The winners of each category, sponsored by Material Bank, will be announced at the award ceremony in November. The 15 winners will then compete for the coveted title of architecture project of the year.

Dezeen Awards, now in its sixth year, is a prestigious accolade that recognizes excellence in architecture, interiors, and design. It has become a pinnacle event for architects and designers globally. The partnership with Bentley Motors aims to support and inspire the future generation of design talent.

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