Metropolis’s Best Buildings of 2018

If one thing unites our favorite buildings of 2018, it is their ability to address and embrace the communities they serve.
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Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Courtesy Hufton + Crow


As 2018 concludes, we’re revisiting this year’s top stories: from products to drawings, buildings, controversies, and more. Enjoy the selection below, but be sure to find our other “Best of 2018” lists as they come online!

Choosing the best buildings of the year is no easy task. The projects of 2018 all demonstrated varying degrees of technological innovation, structural daring, and material mastery. But if one thing unites our favorite buildings, it is their ability to address and embrace the communities they serve. Take a new library in Helsinki: it is undoubtedly a soaring architectural achievement, yet it also finds new ways to bring in diverse audiences and reinvent the typology in a digital age. Kunlé Adeyemi’s campus for a small school in rural Tanzania achieves much of the same goals, but on a much tighter budget using local materials and labor. All six of the projects below are contextual, beautiful and fundamentally human-centric—architecture at its finest.

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