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Editors' Picks: Best of 2013
We asked our staff to select the projects—from books and exhibitions to houses and restaurants—that defined the year in design.
Most Bombastic Form
Les Turbulences FRAC Centre

Les Turbulences FRAC Centre
Jakob + MacFarlane
Orléans, France

Photo © Roland Halbe

Tower House

Tower House
Gluck+
Ulster County, New York

Photo © Paul Warchol

Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Project
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Zaha Hadid Architects
Baku, Azerbaijan

Photo © Iwan Baan

Adobe Systems Utah Campus


Adobe Systems Utah Campus
WRNS Studio and Rapt Studio
Lehi, Utah

Photo © Tim Griffith

Best Exhibition
Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Titled Close, Closer, the third edition of the young triennial exhibition is more social than spatial.

Photo © Catarina Botelho

Amie Siegel at Simon Preston Gallery

Amie Siegel at Simon Preston Gallery
A video at the New York City gallery traces the 60-year diaspora of Le Corbusier and Jeanneret’s Chandigarh furniture.

Photo courtesy Amie Siegel/Simon Preston, New York

Design Museum

A Los Angeles We Never Knew
Never Built: Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum revives a century of ambitious schemes that might have been.

Image courtesy Courtesy B+U Architects

Best Book
Paradise Planned

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City
By Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove
Monacelli Press
Reviewed by Justin Davidson

Photo courtesy Monacelli Press

Fire Island Modernist

Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction
By Christopher Bascom Rawlins
Foreword by Alastair Gordon
Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studio
Reviewed by Clifford A. Pearson

Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studion

Academic Discourse

Building Seagram
By Phyllis Lambert
Yale University Press
Reviewed by Anthony Paletta

Photo courtesy Yale University Press

Best Preservation Project
Judd Home and Studio

Judd Home and Studio
Architecture Research Office
New York City, New York

Photo © James Ewing

Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion

Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion
Ennead Architects
New Haven, Connecticut

Photo © Elizabeth Felicella

Most Threatened Building in Architectural Record’s Hometown
New York Public Library Revises Plan for Foster Renovation

New York Public Library Revises Plan for Foster Renovation

Image courtesy dbox / Foster + Partners

MoMA Decides to Raze Tod Williams Billie Tsien’s Folk Art Museum Building

MoMA Decides to Raze Tod Williams Billie Tsien’s Folk Art Museum Building

Photo © Michael Moran

Best Do-Good Design
Butaro Doctors' Housing

Butaro Doctors' Housing
MASS Design Group
Butaro, Rawanda

Photo © Iwan Baan

Owe'neh Bupingeh Preservation Project

Owe'neh Bupingeh Preservation Project
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico

Photo © Kate Russell

Best Firm Making Its Debut in Architectural Record
Tucson Mountain Retreat

Tucson Mountain Retreat
DUST
Tucson, Arizona

Photo © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Most Appealing Public Plaza
Grand Park


Grand Park
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Los Angeles, California

Photo © Jim Simmons

The City Deck


The CityDeck
Stoss
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Photo © Mike Roemer

House We Would Like to Call Home
House K

House K
Sou Fujimoto Architects
Nishinomiya, Japan

Photo © Iwan Baan

Maison Escalier

Maison Escalier
Moussafir Architectes
Paris, France

Photo © Hervé Abbadie

Urca Penthouse

Urca Penthouse
Studio Arthur Casas
Rio de Janeiro

Photo © Leonardo Finotti

Noisiest Neighbor
Patrocínio House

Patrocínio House
RA\\Architecture and Design Studio
Lisbon, Portugal

Photo © Fernando Guerra/Fg + Sg Photography

Pitch-Perfect Performance Space
SFJAZZ Center

SFJAZZ Center
Mark Cavagnero Associates
San Francisco

Photo © Tim Griffith

Exhibition-Worthy Museum/Gallery
David Zwirner

David Zwirner
Selldorf Architects
New York City

Photo © Jason Schmidt

Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum
Herzog & de Meuron
Water Mill, New York

Photo © Roland Halbe

Hall of Fame-Worthy Sports Facility
Football Performance Center, University of Oregon

Football Performance Center, University of Oregon
ZGF Architects
Eugene, Oregon

Photo © Jason Schmidt

Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas
Miró Rivera Architects
Austin, Texas

Photo © Paul Finkel | Piston Design

Most Confounding Canadian Facade
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and HCMA
Vancouver, British Columbia

Photo © Marc Cramer

Avenue Building

Avenue Building
5468796 Architecture
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Photo © James Brittain Photography

Office Where We Would Most Like to Work
Heavybit Industries

Heavybit Industries
IwamotoScott Architecture
San Francisco, California

Photo © Bruce Damonte

Prime Tower

Prime Tower
Gigon / Guyer Architekten
Zurich, Switzerland

Photo © Heinrich Helfenstein

Most Hospitable Hotel
Downtown CheremSerrano

Downtown
CheremSerrano
Mexico City, Mexico

Photo courtesy Kababie Arquitectos

Xian Westin Museum Hotel

Xian Westin Museum Hotel
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Xian, China

Photo by Pedro Pegenaute

Most Covetable Retail Space
Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler
Adjaye Associates
New York City, New York

Photo © Dean Kaufman

Relojería Alemana

Relojería Alemana
OHLAB
Puerto Adriano, Majorca, Spain

Photo © José Hevia

Tastiest Culinary Design
Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Workshop Kitchen + Bar
SOMA
Palm Springs, California

Photo courtesy SOMA

SHED

SHED
Jensen Architects
Healdsburg, California

Photo © Mariko Reed

Best Architecture for Cows
Teaching Dairy Barn

Teaching Dairy Barn
Erdy McHenry Architecture
Ithaca, New York

Photo © Halkin Mason Photography

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