Happy 15th birthday to us!

By Hannah Mellow on 15 January 2017
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There’s no ‘January blues’ at Spacelab this year, as 2017 is the year we celebrate turning 15!

Now firmly in our ‘mid teens’, we’ll be celebrating by looking back and ‘retrospect-ing’ throughout the year. To kick it all off, we asked some of ‘Team Architecture’: Monika, Joe, Judith, Nerea and Antonio, to tell us their favourite 15 buildings in the world. After much debate, this is the final list. Do you agree? #Architecture.

Tate Modern (the original building), London, UK by Herzog & de Meuron: “because it is our favourite building in London.”

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Photo by Sanel Durmus, Interior Architect, Spacelab.

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark by Alvar Aalto: “because it’s of a modernist style that we really appreciate in current architecture.”

Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland by Sanaa: “because it’s the definition of Japanese architecture; a play between emptiness and mass.”

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Photo by Nathalia Asamura, Interior Designer, Spacelab. 

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, Mechernich, Germany by Peter Zumthor: “because it is the best display of architecture being used to create silence. It’s very moving.”

Gando Primary School, Gando, Burkina Faso by Francis Kere: “because it’s architecture for people. We love Kere!”

Mirador, Madrid, Spain by MVRDV: “because it’s architecture without compromise.”

Universe House, Oaxaca, Mexico by Tatiana Bilbao: “because it’s a beautiful building designed by an incredible woman with great values.”

Xixi Wetland Estate, Hangzhou, China by David Chipperfield: “because we’d love to live there!”

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA by Tadao Ando: “because it’s another beautiful Japanese project, and we love buildings placed on water.”

Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain by Mies van der Rohe: “because it’s beautiful, minimalist, quiet and harmonic, and because it’s in Barcelona. We love Barcelona.”

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Photo by Nathalia Asamura, Interior Designer, Spacelab.

National Assembly Hall, Dhaka, Bangladesh by Louis Kahn: “because it is total, complete, architecture in every sense.”

Maison de Verre, Paris, France by Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet: “because it’s just so beautiful to look at!”

Neue National Gallery, Berlin, Germany by Mies van der Rohe: “because it’s simplicity is it’s success.”

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Photo by Sanel Durmus, Interior Architect, Spacelab

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre: “because it’s architecture giving back to the natural world.”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark by Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert: “for the feeling of total calm you have when you’re there.”

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Photo by Sophie Norris, Architectural Designer, Spacelab

Do you agree with our team? Join in the debate!

Topics: buildings, design, team, architecture, 15, trends