Super Structures

This year's best architecture projects bring elegance, economy, and spirit to the solution of business problems

The power of architecture to integrate people, spaces, and even complex workflow is the dominant theme running through this year's BUSINESS WEEK/Architectural Record Awards, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Architects used materials such as glass to enhance the transparency of work and bring together various teams. They crafted office spaces to spark creative interaction among employees--and corporate clients. And they mastered the "wow factor" by designing a "cosmic cathedral" of glass and steel, a planetarium of astonishing beauty that allows people to see through walls to learn about the stars and the planets.

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