Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards
 

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG’s first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron’s long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico’s off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO’s organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

Best Applied Products: Refurbishment of the Pavilion Dufour Château De Versailles / Dominique Perrault Architecte

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Winner in the Best Applied Product Category. Refurbishment of the Pavilion Dufour Château De Versailles / Dominique Perrault Architecte. Image © Andre Morin

Winner in the Best Applied Product Category. Refurbishment of the Pavilion Dufour Château De Versailles / Dominique Perrault Architecte. Image © Andre Morin

Small Scale Architecture: ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

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Winner in the Small Scale Architecture Category. ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart. Image © ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

Winner in the Small Scale Architecture Category. ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart. Image © ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

Educational Architecture: Frederiksvej Kindergarten / COBE

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Winner in the Educational Architecture Category. Frederiksvej Kindergarten / COBE. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Winner in the Educational Architecture Category. Frederiksvej Kindergarten / COBE. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Public Architecture: Leixões Cruise Terminal / Luís Pedro Silva Arquitecto

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Winner in the Public Architecture Category. Leixões Cruise Terminal / Luís Pedro Silva Arquitecto. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Winner in the Public Architecture Category. Leixões Cruise Terminal / Luís Pedro Silva Arquitecto. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Housing: VIΛ 57 West / BIG

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Winner in the Housing Category. Via 57 / BIG. Image © Iwan Baan

Winner in the Housing Category. Via 57 / BIG. Image © Iwan Baan

Cultural Architecture: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Herzog & de Meuron

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Winner in the Cultural Architecture Category. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Iwan Baan

Winner in the Cultural Architecture Category. Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Iwan Baan

Refurbishment: The Stealth Building / WORKac

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Winner in the Refurbishment Category. The Stealth Building / WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Winner in the Refurbishment Category. The Stealth Building / WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Healthcare Architecture: Maggie’s Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners

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Winner in the Healthcare Architecture. Maggie's Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Winner in the Healthcare Architecture. Maggie’s Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Industrial Architecture: Tangshan Organic Farm / ARCHSTUDIO

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Winner in the Industrial Architecture Category. Tangshan Organic Farm / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © JIN Wei-Qi

Winner in the Industrial Architecture Category. Tangshan Organic Farm / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © JIN Wei-Qi

Interior Architecture: Hubba-to / Supermachine Studio

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Winner in the Interior Category. Hubba-to / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya

Winner in the Interior Category. Hubba-to / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya

Religious Architecture: Capilla San Bernardo / Nicolás Campodonico

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Winner in the Religious Architecture Category. San Bernardo Chapel / Nicolas Campodonico. Image © Nicolas Campodonico

Winner in the Religious Architecture Category. San Bernardo Chapel / Nicolas Campodonico. Image © Nicolas Campodonico

Sports Architecture: Sonora Stadium / 3Arquitectura

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Winner in the Sports Architecture. Sonora Stadium / 3Arquitectura. Image © Gobierno del Estado de Sonora

Winner in the Sports Architecture. Sonora Stadium / 3Arquitectura. Image © Gobierno del Estado de Sonora

Offices: BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Winner in the Offices Category. BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA+LEGORRETA & Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Roland Halbe

Winner in the Offices Category. BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA+LEGORRETA & Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Roland Halbe

Hospitality: Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank / Secondfloor Architects

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Winner in the Hospitality Architecture. Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank / Secondfloor Architects. Image © Ketsiree Wongwan

Winner in the Hospitality Architecture. Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank / Secondfloor Architects. Image © Ketsiree Wongwan

Commercial Architecture: Crystal Houses / MVRDV

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Winner in the Commercial Architecture Category. Crystal House / MVRDV. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

Winner in the Commercial Architecture Category. Crystal House / MVRDV. Image © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

Houses: Casa Cabo de Vila / spaceworkers

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Winner in the Houses Category. Casa Cabo de Vila / spaceworkers. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Winner in the Houses Category. Casa Cabo de Vila / spaceworkers. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Foster + Partners’ Plans for 50 Hudson Yards in New York Unveiled

Foster + Partners' Plans for 50 Hudson Yards in New York Unveiled, Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Foster + Partners’ designs for the latest tower to be located within New York’s Hudson Yards megaproject have been revealed. Named 50 Hudson Yards, the building will rise 985 feet (300 meters) into the sky in becoming New York City’s fourth largest commercial office tower with 2.9 million gross square feet and the new home of leading investment firm BlackRock.

50 Hudson Yards with 30 Hudson Yards and the No. 7 Subway. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford50 Hudson Yards and 10th Avenue. Image Courtesy of Related-OxfordCourtesy of Related-OxfordHudson Yards Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford+8

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50 Hudson Yards with 30 Hudson Yards and the No. 7 Subway. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

50 Hudson Yards with 30 Hudson Yards and the No. 7 Subway. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

The 58-story building will be located at the northwest corner of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue, with entry points will be accessible on all four sides of the building. Directly adjacent to Hudson Yards’ new subway concourse, the building will also provide onsite bike storage, allowing for an easy commute via multiple modes of transportation.

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50 Hudson Yards and 10th Avenue. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

50 Hudson Yards and 10th Avenue. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

The LEED-Gold rated tower will take the form of three stacked blocks of commercial space offering private sky lobbies, outdoor terraces and valet and drop off through a private porte-cochère. Clad in white stone, each block will be separated by the dark band of fully glazed floors offering access to the roof terraces. On the east and west elevations, the facades are broken into four-story glass boxes framed by white stone, while on the north and south elevations, the building’s verticality is accentuated. At the tower’s peak, a “halo” will glow at night, giving the building a distinguishable presence of the city skyline.

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Courtesy of Related-Oxford

The building interiors will feature large, column-free floorplates spanning a minimum of 50,000 square feet, becoming one of just a few West Manhattan buildings to accommodate 500-plus people per floor. This freedom of space will allow for a variety of arrangements capable of meeting the needs of both large enterprise tenants and smaller companies and organizations.

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Hudson Yards Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Hudson Yards Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

“50 Hudson Yards is a key part of a larger vision that integrates places to live and work within a dense, walkable urban neighborhood,” said Norman Foster. “Covering a full city block, the building is highly permeable at ground level, allowing it to engage fully with its urban location. Designed for a sustainable future, the building makes an important contribution to the regeneration of the far west side of Manhattan.”

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Hudson Yards Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Hudson Yards Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

“50 Hudson Yards is envisaged as a vertical campus in the heart of Manhattan that is eminently readable at city scale with three distinct blocks stacked one above the other,” added Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio for Foster + Partners. “Crafted from a simple palette of white stone and glass, the building’s primary structure has been pushed to the edges to create large-span flexible floorplates. It aspires to define the workplace of the future, bringing to the fore the practice’s values of innovation and creativity by producing a positive work environment that seeks to fulfill the needs and expectations of a demanding workforce.”

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Hudson Yards Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Hudson Yards Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford

The project is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group. Construction of 50 Hudson Yards will begin in 2017, with an expected opening date in 2022.

News via Related-Oxford.

Apple Regent Street / Foster + Partners

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From the architect. The re-imagining of Apple Regent Street in London marks the continuing evolution of Apple, going beyond retail to create richer, more dynamic experiences for visitors. Its innovative design creates a relaxed environment, while incorporating Apple’s new features and services. The design is the result of a close collaboration between Apple’s teams led by Jonathan Ive, chief design officer and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Foster + Partners.

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Regent Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, and the site where Apple opened its first retail store in Europe in 2004. The new store occupies the same building, with the Grade II listed historic façade now restored and preserved. Built in 1898, the building was the studio of Victorian mosaicist Antonio Salviati of Venice, who was responsible for the exquisite mosaics at the Albert Memorial Chapel in Windsor and St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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Ground Floor

Ground Floor

Stefan Behling, Architect at Foster + Partners said, “The new Apple Regent Street is about a respectful dialogue between old and new – carrying forward a heritage of craftsmanship in a contemporary way. Contained within its historic fabric, is a new grand ‘town square’ with trees that bring nature into the interior spaces. Everything from the vast luminous ceiling to the sculptural stone handrails create an experience that is warm and inviting, providing a calm backdrop for everyone to experience Apple’s incredible products, in addition to a diverse and vibrant programme of events. It is a place for people to meet and collaborate, and most of all, it will be an exciting experience that goes beyond retail.”

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Characteristic of the new Apple Flagships, the interior space is a 7.2-metre double-height grand hall – forming a ‘town square’ like space that is flexible and welcoming. The design enhances transparency from the street and floods the store with natural light, dramatically improving the visual connection between the two levels. The interior front facade, with its full height arches clad in Portland stone, can be appreciated in its full extent. The store also features the longest Luminous Ceiling Panels in the world that cover the entire ceiling. The custom-made lighting panels emit a pure, even, white light, and have the capability to absorb ambient noise.

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Using a warm palette of materials including stone, wood and terrazzo that is sympathetic to the historic nature of the building, the store has a calm setting, with the increased height allowing for the addition of twelve Ficus Ali trees on the ground level, bringing nature to the interior spaces. The grove of trees have planters – designed by Apple’s ID Studio and Foster + Partners – that double as a comfortable place to sit and rest. The signature Apple display tables are set against the backdrop of the new Avenue – the completely redesigned wall display that allows people to touch, feel and try out the Apple products and accessories in an engaging and hands-on way. Located in the middle of the space, The Forum is a new learning environment, where experts from various fields can come to entertain, inspire and teach. It occupies a prime position in the store with a vast video wall that acts as an animated backdrop for the entire store.

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Along the side walls, a staircase on either side of the screen draws one up to the new mezzanine level set amongst the treetops. The walls and staircases are made from sandblasted stone, while the balustrade – seemingly carved in to the wall – has a smooth, curved, and honed finish that is pleasant to touch. The stone walls and balustrade were created by a combination of handcraftsmanship and CNC robotics, and were dry assembled at the manufacturing site to make sure each piece fit perfectly before installation.

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Overlooking the grand hall, the mezzanine hosts the Apple’s Geniuses, where visitors can get assistance to setup their device or answers any product related queries, and the Boardroom – a place for meetings, conversations and partnerships that can be used by app developers, digital entrepreneurs and other small start-ups to become part of the Apple family.

Foster + Partners, Morphosis, UNStudio Lead List to Design Chinese Eco-Island

Foster + Partners, Morphosis, UNStudio Lead List to Design Chinese Eco-Island, The 250 hectare artificial island has already been formed in the Haikou Bay. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow
The 250 hectare artificial island has already been formed in the Haikou Bay. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow

Hainan Airlines Group has announced an international competition between 10 top architecture firms to design the master plan and central buildings of the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island, an island located in Haikou Bay, on the island of Hainan, China. Featuring teams from China, Europe and the United States, the competition calls for the creation of an 250 hectare eco-tourism hub, which will contain housing, hotels, tourist attractions and a port with capacity for two large cruise ships.

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Visit to the island with all the teams to start the competition. Image © Guallart Architects

Visit to the island with all the teams to start the competition. Image © Guallart Architects

Competition organizers China Building Center selected Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects, to develop the strategic vision for the island, aiming to “achieve a new urban development based on ecological principles, the best available technologies and an excellent design, creating in this way a landmark for the new urbanism in China.”

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Tourism as time urbanization. Image © Guallart Architects

Tourism as time urbanization. Image © Guallart Architects
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Cruise route comparison between the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Asia Sea. Image © Guallart Architects

Cruise route comparison between the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Asia Sea. Image © Guallart Architects

Following a detailed selection process, submissions will be presented by the following 10 firms:

A winner will be selected in the last week of August by a jury comprised of leading architectural figures including Aaron Betsky (USA), Benedetta Tagliabue (IT), Donald Bates (Australia), Sergey Kuznetsov (Moscow Chief Architect), Peter Poulet (New South Wales State Architect, AU)), Horacio Werner (Cisco) y Margarita Jover.

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Comparison between the island and different functions. Image © Guallart Architects

Comparison between the island and different functions. Image © Guallart Architects

Construction on the island is expected to begin in 2017, with a tentative completion date of 2027. Additional studies are currently underway to determine the design potential of other islands in the Haikou Bay. Hainan, an island in the South China with a population of 9 million people, was declared as an independent province in 1988 to become a tourism-oriented state and has seen many tourist-driven developments since.

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The island with its cruise harbor. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow

The island with its cruise harbor. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow

Foster, BIG and Grimshaw Design Main Pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai

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Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw Architects have won a competition to design pavilions for Expo 2020Dubai. Under the Expo’s 2020 theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the teams were selected from 13 invited practices to design three themed pavilions within the Expo’s HOK-designed masterplan: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.

“A key criterion for the competition was ensuring that the designs not only embodied one of Expo’s core themes, but also had the flexibility and longevity to live on as landmarks and functional structures after the Expo is complete in 2021,” said the organizers in a press release.

Mobility Pavilion / Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

Foster + Partners. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

Opportunity Pavilion / BIG

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BIG. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

BIG. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai
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BIG. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

BIG. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

Sustainability Pavilion / Grimshaw Architects 

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Grimshaw. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

Grimshaw. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai
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Grimshaw. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

Grimshaw. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai

“Expo 2020 will be a festival of human ingenuity. We hope that the nations and organizations that take part in Expo, and the millions who visit, will explore the power of connections across the spheres of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. “Our theme pavilions will play a central role in bringing this to life.”

More than 25 million is expected to attend during the Expo’s short, six month duration. This will be the first time a Middle Eastern city to host this international exhibition in its 160-year history.

7 Buildings That Show Norman Foster’s Architecture Has Always Been Ahead of the Curve

If Norman Foster were a household item, he would surely be a Swiss Army Knife. Foster, who turned 80 this year, is unrelenting in producing architectural solutions to problems that other architects can only theorize – just last Wednesday, for example, his firm released their design for a previously-unheard-of building typology, a droneport in Rwanda.

It is surprising then to find the man or his eponymous firm Foster + Partners absent from a list like Fast Company’s “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture,” organized into superlatives: MMA Architects, “for thinking outside the big box,” Heatherwick Studio, “for reimagining green space,” or C.F. Møller Architects, “for rethinking high-rise living.” This is not to say that Foster or his firm should be substituted for any of these deserved accolades, but rather that for five decades Foster and his firm have ceaselessly worked to enhance and expand on the human experience with architectural solutions that are both inventive and practical – a fact that is perhaps lost as a result of his position within the architectural establishment.

With that in mind, we thought it was worth highlighting the many occasions over the decades where Foster + Partners has shown themselves to be among the world’s most innovative practices. Read on for more.

Ground Level View of Lunar Habitation. Image Courtesy of Foster + PartnersInterior Concourse of Chek Lap Kok Airport. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC user Jorge LáscarHearst Tower. Image © Chuck ChoiAerial View of Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters. Image © Wikimedia CC user Mato zilincik

1971-1975, Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich, United Kingdom

Continue reading “7 Buildings That Show Norman Foster’s Architecture Has Always Been Ahead of the Curve”

Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population’s needs. Continue reading “Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda”

Foster + Partners Declared Largest Practice In The UK

Foster + Partners’ Riverside Studios in London. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The Architects’ Journal (AJ) have revealed the results of their fourth AJ120 award, an annual survey which ranks the largest and wealthiest practices based in the . Continue reading “Foster + Partners Declared Largest Practice In The UK”

Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2007/Foster+Partners

Conceived as a monument and memorial to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the UAE, the Zayed National Museum will be the centrepiece of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District and will showcase the history, culture and, more recently, the social and economic transformation of the Emirates. Continue reading “Zayed National Museum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2007/Foster+Partners”

France Avenue Paris, France 2000 – 2004/Foster+Partners

Our France Avenue project provides some key features relating to a new generation of inner city office buildings: an easily accessible central location in an attractive urban environment, an energy efficient building with modern and flexible office space combined with attractive social spaces for meeting and relaxation: Continue reading “France Avenue Paris, France 2000 – 2004/Foster+Partners”

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