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Best Buildings of the Decade

Top Ten Lists for the decade from contributors to The Mark, Canada

31 Dec 2009

Top ten buildings from 2000 – 09

To celebrate the end of a decade, The Mark is publishing their contributors’ picks of the best architecture from the 2000s.

This page lists the selection of what their two experts considered the top contemporary buildings – the best architecture of the decade. e-architect are interested in your views, are these really the best buildings in the world? If so, then for what reasons? Of course judging architecture design is notoriously subjective and when it comes to top ten lists and awards then the results can sometimes prove controversial. Still, we felt the list was a useful architectural resource.

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Best Buildings of the Decade 2000 to 2009 – Prof. Graham Livesey

Associate Dean of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada

Médiathèque, Sendai, Japan
Toyo Ito, architect

International Port Terminal, Yokohama, Japan
Design: Foreign Office Architects
Yokohama Ferry Terminal
photo : Saturo Mashima

International Port Terminal Yokohama

Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria
Design: Spacelab Cook-Fournier
Kunsthaus Graz
photo from RIAS – no larger image

21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, Japan
Design: SANAA
Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa
photo © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, U.S.
Design: Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Seattle Library building
photo : Philippe Ruault

Seattle Public Library

de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, U.S
Design: Herzog & de Meuron

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Design: UNStudio
Mercedes Museum Stuttgart
photo : Christian Richters

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Federal Building, San Francisco, U.S
Design: Morphosis

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, U.S
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Charles Hostler Student Center, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Design: Vincent James Associates Architects

Comments on the Best Buildings of the Decade page welcome

Best Buildings of the Decade 2000 to 2009 – Prof. Annmarie Adams

Associate Director, School of Architecture, McGill University.

Tate Modern, London, U.K.
Herzog & de Meuron
Tate Modern
image © Adrian Welch

Tate Modern

The Women’s Library, London, U.K.
Wright & Wright Architects

Experience Music Project, Seattle Center, Seattle, U.S.
Frank Gehry

Great Court, British Museum, London, U.K.
Foster + Partners
British Museum building
photo © Adrian Welch

Great Court British Museum

Prada New York, New York City, U.S.
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Prada Shop New York
photo Armin Linke

Prada New York

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, U.S.
Office for Metropolitan Architecture

de Young Museum, San Francisco, U.S.
Herzog & de Meuron

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
Saucier + Perotte
New Music Building
photograph : Marc Cramer

Schulich School of Music

Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto, Canada
Montgomery Sisam Architects/Stantec Architecture

Heide Museum of Modern Art gardens, Melbourne, Australia

Comments on the Best Buildings of the Decade page welcome

Possible Contenders for Best Buildings of the Decade

Caixa Forum, Madrid
Herzog de Meuron
Caixa Forum Madrid
photograph © Mark Bentley

New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
SANAA architects
Manhattan Art Gallery
image from SANAA

Neues Museum, Berlin
David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum
photograph : Ute Zscharnt

Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg
Zaha Hadid Architects
Wolfsburg architecture
image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Herzog & de Meuron with HGA, Inc.
Walker Art Center
photo : Paul Warchol

BMW Welt, Munich
Coop Himmelb(l)au
BMW building Germany
picture from Ketchum

Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach
David Chipperfield Architects
Literaturmuseum der Moderne
photograph © Christian Richters

GRAM Michigan, USA
wHY architecture
photo : Chris Barrett@Hedrich Blessing

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