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The most innovative architecture of 2021

See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards in the Spaces and Places category.

The most innovative architecture of 2021
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Winner

[Photo: Tom Harris/courtesy Studio Gang]
Beloit Powerhouse
Studio Gang
A former coal-burning power plant repurposed into a college sports and recreation center

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Finalists

[Photo: Shao Feng/Safdie Architects]
The Crystal at Raffles City Chongqing
Safdie Architects

[Photo: courtesy Silo]
The Bicycle Parking Garage at The Hague
Silo

[Photo: Jason O’Rear/courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro]
United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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[Photo: James Corner Field Operations]
Hudson River Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula
James Corner Field Operations

[Photo: Robin Hill/James Corner Field Operations]
The Underline’s Brickell Backyard
James Corner Field Operations

[Photo: NBBJ]
The Noise-Cancelling Office
NBBJ

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[Photo: Vinay Panjwani/Diana Kellogg Architects]
The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School
Diana Kellogg Architects

[Photo: Leo Burnett]
One House to Save Many
Leo Burnett and Suncorp

[Photo: Michael Moran/Marble Fairbanks Architects]
Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center
Brooklyn Public Library and Marble Fairbanks

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[Photo: Rockwell Group]
The Moynihan Train Hall Amtrak-LIRR Waiting Area
Rockwell Group

[Photo: Jeremy Bittermann/Lever Architecture]
Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters
Lever Architecture

Honorable Mentions

[Photo: Ross Barney Architects]
McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World Resort
Ross Barney Architects

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[Image: NewDealDesign]
Veev’s Accessory Dwelling Unit
NewDealDesign

[Photo: Cover]
Cover Building System
Cover

[Image: Fuseproject]
Proteus
Fuseproject

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[Photo: Ilse Leenders/Aectual]
Aectual
Aectual

[Photo: courtesy Ibanez Shaw Architecture]
Chroma Modern Eyewear + Eyecare
Ibanez Shaw Architecture

[Photo: SmithGroup]
Kornberg Center, Promega Corporation
SmithGroup and Ramlow/Stein Architecture + Interiors

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[Photo: CannonDesign]
Mobile Museum of Tolerance
Simon Wiesenthal Center and Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

[Photo: Robert Benson/Elkus Manfredi Architects]
The Little Building at Emerson College
Elkus Manfredi Architects

[Photo: Rockwell Group]
Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo
Rockwell Group

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[Image: James Corner Field Operations]
Tidal Basin Ideas Lab
James Corner Field Operations with DLANDstudio, GGN, Hood Design Studio, and Reed Hilderbrand

[Photo: Dvele]
Self-Powered Home
Dvele

[Photo: Rosan Bosch Studio]
Western Academy of Beijing
Rosan Bosch Studio

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[Photo: Rockwell Group]
@Ease
Rockwell Group

[Photo: Related Companies]
Lantern House
Related Companies

[Image: Walmart]
Market Fulfillment Centers Roll Out
Walmart

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[Photo: HDR]
Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center
HDR

[Photo: Prince Concepts]
Caterpillar
Prince Concepts

[Photo: Local Projects]
Greenwood Rising
Local Projects

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[Photo: courtesy HDR]
Waldkliniken Eisenberg
Matteo Thun and HDR

See more from Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards. Our new book, Fast Company Innovation by Design: Creative Ideas That Transform the Way We Live and Work (Abrams, 2021), is on sale now.