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What do you think of the 19 'best new buildings' in America?

The list has been chosen by the American Institute of Architecture.

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE of Architecture has chosen its top buildings of the year to honor.

A total of 23 buildings and plans will receive the 2015 Institute Honor Awards, which recognizes extraordinary work in architectureinterior architecture, and urban design.

Featured here are 19 of the 23 buildings and designs from the architecture and interior architecture categories, chosen by a jury of the nation’s top architects.

Cambridge Public Library 

cambridge public library Robert Benson photography Robert Benson photography

The original Cambridge Public Library is a Romanesque masterpiece designed in 1889, but its size wasn’t adequate for its 2,000 daily visitors. The solution was a beautiful new 76,000-square-foot glass building seamless attached to the original structure, creating a huge, open, and inviting space open to all. (William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.)

The Beats by Dre headquarters 

beats by dre Jasper Sanidad Jasper Sanidad

The Beats By Dre headquarters in Culver City, California was designed especially to be warm and inviting, as well as facilitate contact between the 650 employee’s different departments. Skylights, bright and airy spaces, warm woods, and walls panted blue and red help accomplish this goal. (Bestor Architecture)

The Danish National Maritime Museum

danish museum Luca Santiago Mora Luca Santiago Mora

The Danish National Maritime Museum was housed in the the Kronberg Castle in Elsinore (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), but was evicted so the interior could be renovated. It moved into a dry dock next door, forming a multi-tiered design with gentle sloping paths. (BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group)

Illinois State Capitol 

illinois building Tom Rossiter Tom Rossiter

Originally built between 1868 and 1888 by French architect Alfred Piquenard, the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois is a sight to behold. Its west wing has been completely restored to its former glory, and brought up to modern safety and energy standards. (Vinci Hamp Architects)

The Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope 

center of hope Sarah Spanegal Sarah Spanegal

In a region lacking utilities and infrastructure, The Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope was designed to be self-sufficient with water collection, solar energy collection, and sewage treatment given priority. The construction used both local methods and materials and the center is the first phase of a new plan to provide community resources in Haiti. (Rothschild Doyno Collaborative)

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology 

nanotechnology Albert Vecerka Albert Vecerka

A cutting edge research center deserves a cutting edge building. The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is a three story glass and steel structure on the University of Pennsylvania campus with a large amount of public space built specifically to encourage interaction among disciplines. (WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism)

The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum 

louisiana hall Tim Hursley Tim Hursley

The new Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum uses abstract architecture to tell the story of two very important cultural items to the state: its history and its sports. (Trahan Architects)

The Brockman Hall for Physics 

hall for physics Peter Aaron / OTTO Peter Aaron / OTTO / OTTO

The new Brockman Hall for Physics was created specifically to blend in with Rice University’s carefully planned “park-like environment.” (KieranTimberlake)

The California Memorial Stadium 

california memorial stadium Jim Simmons Jim Simmons

Built in 1923, the California Memorial Stadium on the campus of University of California, Berkeley was looking a little worse for wear after decades of deferred maintenance and poor planning. This project restored it to its former glory and added a new athletics facility, the Simpson Center, underneath a new pedestrian plaza in front of the stadium. This freed up space for more fan amenities inside the stadium itself, making the new design a true win for all. (HNTB Architecture)

The Babarian Group offices 

babarian group offices Michael Moran Michael Moran

A 1,100 feet long table big enough for 175 employees snakes around this 20,000-square-feet office of The Barbarian Group, taking the open floor plan to the next level. (Clive Wilkinson Architects; Design Republic Partners Architects LLP)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

john jay college of criminal justice Brent Beyer Brent Beyer

The new John Jay College of Criminal Justice development recreates everything a college campus has, in one city block. It uses a four-story, 500-foot-long podium to connect the existing academic building with a new 14-story tower, creating a unified campus. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 

crystal bridges Timothy Hursley Timothy Hursley

The ceiling of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s museum store was inspired by a local Arkansas basket maker, who used sculptural ribbed young oak trees in his designs. (Marlon Blackwell Architects)

The 28th Street YMCA 

ymca Eric Staudenmair Eric Staudenmair

During segregation, the 28th Street YMCA served as accommodations for black people who were turned away form hotels due to Jim Crow laws. Architects restored the historic building, built in 1926 in L.A., and added a new five-story structure, creating 49 affordable housing units and support and community space for youths aging out of foster care, the mentally ill, and the chronically homeless. (Koning Eizenberg Architecture Inc.)

Newport Beach Civic Center 

civic centre Nic Lehoux Nic Lehoux

A new center of town was created in the Newport Beach Civic Center. It features a sail-inspired roof covering a new 100,000-square-foot city hall, a 17,000-square foot library addition, a 450-space parking garage. A new 14-acre community park was included in the project, as well. (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson)

9/11 Memorial Museum 

9 11 memorial James Ewing Photography James Ewing Photography

Four core design principles were used in the creation of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s interior space: memory, authenticity, scale, and emotion. Built in the foundations of the original twin towers, just the museum’s interior itself creates a sense of scale of the devastating attack. (Davis Brody Bond)

The United States Courthouse Salt Lake City

us courthouse slc Scott Frances Scott Frances

The United States Courthouse Salt Lake City’s cube-like structure was created so symbolize justice: strong, iconic, transparent, and egalitarian. (Thomas Phifer and Partners)

Arent Fox’s headquarters

arent fox Eric Laignel Eric Laignel

Law firm Arent Fox’s swanky new Washington D.C. headquarters was built from scratch, and has innovative glass features and LED lights throughout. (STUDIOS Architecture)

The LeFrak Center 

michael moran Michael Moran / OTTO Michael Moran / OTTO / OTTO

The new LeFrak Center in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park not only revitalized 26 acres of parkland — it also added a new 75,000-square foot, year-round dual rink skating and recreational facility near the lake. (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects)

The Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center 

wild turkey Dr Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop Dr Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop

The Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center was created with a barn silhouette in mind, but its structural intricacies only reveal themselves as you get close to it. The 9,140-square-foot building offers guests interactive exhibits, a gift shop, event venues, and a tasting room. (De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop)

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