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15 best buildings of 2013

Last updated on: December 13, 2013 16:59 IST

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Upcoming Bollywood Museum in Mumbai is among the projects that have won awards for best architecture in 2013.

The American Architecture Awards 2013 was organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The awards program honours new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences, and real estate projects based on excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability.

Here are 15 award-winning projects from the programme.

You can see the complete list at www.europeanarch.eu or www.chi-athenaeum.org.

Bollywood Museum

The state government wants to develop a museum dedicated to Bollywood. The government has been talking and planning for this tourist attraction for a long time.

According to reports, the state cultural department has begun work of getting approvals in place and hopes to start work on the project by next year. The museum will come up at FilmCity.

Yazdanistudio architects have done this design for the museum.

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Bollywood Museum

“Central to this exercise was submersing the museum goer in an environment where they could be the star: guests enter the museum via a red carpet arrival, and orientation occurs in theaters designed for gala events,” sates Yazdanistudio website.

The museum will have galleries, some of which will be treated as working sets for a ‘behind the scenes’ feel, while others use interactive technology to immerse patrons in worlds only seen on screen.

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Bollywood Museum

According to the plans, there will also be music launches and trailer premieres at the museum. Visitors would be able to be part of a mock film shoot and can take the recording on a DVD with them.

The food court will let the patrons enjoy favourite dishes of the star and there is a possibility that the cuisines will be named after Bollywood personalities.

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Bollywood Museum

Inside, multiple small theatres combine to support opening night screenings and major awards ceremonies.

Conceived as an all-day affair, landscape and building merge to support the variety of experiences.

Families having travelled from afar can picnic amongst set reproductions and enjoy screenings in the movie garden.

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Dancing Dragons

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Client: Youngsan Development Co.

Dancing Dragons is a pair of landmark super tall mixed-use towers for the new Yongsan International Business District in Seoul.

The buildings, which include residential, "officetel" and retail elements, consist of slender, sharply angled mini-towers cantilevered around a central core.

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Roosevelt University Student Living, Academic And Recreation Center

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Architects: VOA Associates Incorporated

Client: RooseveltUniversity

The first five floors of the building are devoted to student services and student life activities, floors six through 13 are populated with academic classrooms, laboratories and offices and floors 14 through 31 are dedicated to residential life.

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Chesapeake Finish Line Tower

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects

Client: Chesapeake Energy Corporation

This world-class structure is a gift to Oklahoma City from Chesapeake Energy in recognition of the significant role the community has played in the company’s success during the past two decades.

It is located at the Boathouse District, where rowing and canoe/kayaking races are held.

The finish line tower’s 12-foot glass walls provide panoramic views of the boat race course in the Boathouse District.

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Model Home Gallery

Location: Seoul, South Korea, 2012

Architects: NADAAA

Client: Samsung Corporation

The Model Home Gallery is adapted to house all the needs of consumer society, therefore offering not only sales offices with model homes, but also a large variety of public amenities, such as art galleries, restaurants, cafes, auditorium and other public open spaces.

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Calligraphy in Space

Location: Shanghai, People's Republic of China, 2009-2013

Architects: amphibianARC

Client: John Zhang

Calligraphy in Space is located in Nanhui District, Shanghai. The concept is inspired by the natural and smooth writing of traditional Chinese calligraphy.

Situated among houses styled in a Southern California vernacular, the architecture stands out in strong contrast to its context and signifies the client's unique taste and character.

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Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute

Location: Buffalo, New York

Architects: Cannon Design

Client: Kaleida Health and StateUniversity of New York at Buffalo

Kaleida Health is the largest non-profit health care provider in Western New York.

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Tower House

Location: Upstate New York

Architects: GLUCK+

Client: Withheld

This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops. Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the first three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite.

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A. H. Mccoy Federal Building

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, 2012

Architects: Schwartz/Silver Architects

Client: General Services Administration

The building is inspired by the Mississippi River’s changing meanders. It houses 20 federal agencies.

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Helsinki Central Library Competition

Location: Helsinki, Finland, 2012

Architects: Platform for Architecture + Research

Clients: City of Helsinki

The government of City of Helsinki conducted a competition asking applicants to come up with a timeless, flexible and energy-efficient building to sit opposite the Finnish Parliament building and this was the result.

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Samitaur Tower

Location: Culver City, California

Architects: Eric Owen Moss Architects

Client: Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith

The project is an information tower. It is constructed at the corner of two busy roads. It will provide a changing art display for local viewing, and offer a variety of graphic content and data on its five screens.

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Downtown La Hotel

Location: Los Angeles, California

Architects: XTEN Architecture

Client: BIMHF LLC

This hotel is conceived as a monolithic concrete structure, carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building.

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The Biophilic Tower

Location: Suzhou, People's Republic of China, 2012

Architects: HGA Architects and Engineer. Also Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Client: Jiangsu Jiangnan Construction Group Co., Ltd.

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The Wave Tower

Location: Seoul, South Korea, 2012

Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Client: Youngsan Development Co.

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Magok Waterfront: Inter-City

Location: Seoul, South Korea, 2011

Architects: UnitedLAB

Client: Seoul Metropolitan Government & SH Corporation


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