Designed For Success

It takes more than just a pretty facade to win a BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award

This year BusinessWeek joins with Architectural Record, a sister publication at The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP ), to reward the world's most exceptional architecture. It's a contest that stretches beyond the aesthetic focus typical of most architectural awards programs. The BW/AR Awards program relies on rigorous metrics to measure how architecture solves client problems and achieves business goals. Winners of our ninth annual contest come from a competitive pool of 176 entries from across the world, showcasing the most successful collaborations between architects and clients. They vary in program, scale, budget, and size, but each combines business acumen with artistic excellence.

The eight winners represent great diversity. In one project, a 20th century candy factory finds a second life as a light-filled biomedical research lab. In another, a streamlined glass cube floods sunlight into subterranean retail space that has become a company's most successful outlet. A third project, for a Mexican ad agency, embodies flexibility by putting everything--including the walls--on wheels. What unites all of these projects is their clear demonstration of architecture's ability to be aesthetically compelling and bottom-line savvy at the same time.

Apple's Magic Cube

The computer maker's Fifth Avenue cubic glass pavilion signals the retail success story beneath it

Breaking Down the Walls at Bloomberg

STUDIOS Architecture created a New York headquarters designed to foster collaboration and creativity at the media company

Genzyme goes Green

The biotechnology company's elegant new headquarters are a model of sustainable design

Ad Agency Gets a New Package

Designing a home for the Mexico City-based agency Terán/TBWA was an exercise in creativity and flexibility for Garduño Arquitectos

Novartis in Candyland

Stubbins Associates transforms a Necco candy factory into a place of light, collaboration, and industry for the biomedical research company Novartis

Ideal Neighbor

The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto is a sensitive response to the surrounding locale

Working in a Coal Mine

TreuHandstelle transforms an abandoned coal mine into its new light-filled corporate headquarters

Nissan's Artful Surroundings

Architecture firm Luce et Studio designed design and styling studios for the car company that are big enough for the cars and intimate enough for creative collaboration


Six projects were given special citations in the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record awards

By Jessi Hempel with John Gendall

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