The group offered a new aesthetic to the Austin skyline with their Hotel San Jose and to west Texas with the Thunderbird Motel. They also launched the Porch House project which is comprised of high-end modular dwellings with a LEED certification.
9. Mazzanti Arquitectos
They gave a new face to the slums in Bogota, Columbia, turning the violent scenery into community centers, sports courts and public plazas.
In their attempts to shape a better world, they designed the public swimming pools in the East River of New York and the new King’s Cross Station in London.
The modular stadium they built for the 2012 Olympics in London is the first of its kind with a capacity that can be reduced from 80000 to 25000 according to the needs, opting for functionality rather than pomp.
6. Herzog & De Meuron
Due to the impressive Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, that tries to recreate the look and atmosphere of the traditional artistic studios from the eastern side of Long Island.
5. Perkins + Will
They try to show us how we can use better building materials to create healthier buildings which don’t use paints, countertops or carpets made with chemical toxins.
4. Wang Shu
Their projects try to make the Chinese culture relevant again by reclaiming their aesthetic roots and by denying the western trends.
3. Adjaye Associate
They designed the open-air Francis George Library in Washington D.C. and they won the bid for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture after competing with 70 other firms.
Their design of the Oslo opera house with its slanted roof became a complete success; they also won the bid for the waterside opera house in Busan, South Korea and they reconfigured the pedestrian plaza in the Times Square.
1. Foster + Partners
Their project for the new Queen Alia Airport terminal in Jordan brought it into the modern era with a design inspired by the Bedouin tents and domes to reduce the heat of the desert.