Every year the online platform ArchDaily is searching for the best buildings of the year. With nearly 200,000 votes cast during the last 21 days, the magazine was now announcing the winners of the 2021 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2020.

Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Apple Central World Bangkok by Foster + Partners; Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The winners showcase a wide spectrum of different types of building, giving an insight into how diverse the profession has become in recent decades. High-profile practices take their place as ever, with winners such as MVRDV’s Concordia Design in Wrocław and Foster+Partners’ Apple store in Bangkok showing that established firms are still able to make their mark, as in more traditional award systems.

Photo: Courtesy of Studio Saxe, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Athletic Center by Studio Saxe; Photo: Courtesy of Studio Saxe, Costa Rica

Alongside these are previously unsung heroes, such as the Colombian firms, Niro Arquitectura and OAU with their Market Square in Gramalote or like the Microlibrary Warak Kayu by SHAU Indonesia who has demonstrated their ability to make real, positive change where it is needed.