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Birdhouse bedrooms, rooftop parks and ancient lava flows feature in 2019 ABB LEAF Awards shortlist

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China's Courtyard No. 1, by AOE, is one of the projects shortlisted for the 2019 ABB LEAF Awards
China's Courtyard No. 1, by AOE, is one of the projects shortlisted for the 2019 ABB LEAF Awards
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China's Courtyard No. 1, by AOE, is one of the projects shortlisted for the 2019 ABB LEAF Awards
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China's Courtyard No. 1, by AOE, is one of the projects shortlisted for the 2019 ABB LEAF Awards
The Living Lab is located in London, UK, and was designed by DaeWha Kang Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
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The Living Lab is located in London, UK, and was designed by DaeWha Kang Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
Balance Günesli is located in Istanbul, Turkey, and was designed by AVCI Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
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Balance Günesli is located in Istanbul, Turkey, and was designed by AVCI Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
Crystal Laputa is located in Chengdu, China, and was designed by 5+design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
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Crystal Laputa is located in Chengdu, China, and was designed by 5+design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre is located in Nanjing, China, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
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Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre is located in Nanjing, China, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
Ford Point Revitalization is located in Richmond, US, was designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Regenerative Impact Project category
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Ford Point Revitalization is located in Richmond, US, was designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Regenerative Impact Project category
Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple is located in Nanjing, China, and was designed by DC Alliance. The project is shortlisted in the Best Regenerative Impact Project category
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Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple is located in Nanjing, China, and was designed by DC Alliance. The project is shortlisted in the Best Regenerative Impact Project category
Ruins Studio is located in Dumfries, Scotland, UK, and was designed by Nathanael Dorent Architecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
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Ruins Studio is located in Dumfries, Scotland, UK, and was designed by Nathanael Dorent Architecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
Generali Tower is located in Milan, Italy, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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Generali Tower is located in Milan, Italy, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Greentown Yiwu Peach Blossom Land Living Experience Centre is located in Yiwu, China, and was designed by Hangzhou 9M Architectural Design Co. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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Greentown Yiwu Peach Blossom Land Living Experience Centre is located in Yiwu, China, and was designed by Hangzhou 9M Architectural Design Co. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Up to the Mountain and Down to the River is located in Fuxing Town, China, and was designed by West-line Studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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Up to the Mountain and Down to the River is located in Fuxing Town, China, and was designed by West-line Studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Creek House is located in Bosham, UK, and was designed by AR Design Studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
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Creek House is located in Bosham, UK, and was designed by AR Design Studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
Housing on Holzhalbinsel is located in Rostock, Germany, and was designed by Tchoban Voss Architekten. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
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Housing on Holzhalbinsel is located in Rostock, Germany, and was designed by Tchoban Voss Architekten. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
Han Ling Yin Xiang is located in Zhejiang, China, and was designed by DC Alliance. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
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Han Ling Yin Xiang is located in Zhejiang, China, and was designed by DC Alliance. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
101 Maling Road is located in Canterbury, Australia, and was designed by Kavellaris Urban Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
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101 Maling Road is located in Canterbury, Australia, and was designed by Kavellaris Urban Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
Urban Home of Nature is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by Origin Architect. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
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Urban Home of Nature is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by Origin Architect. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
KP-Project is located in Saitama-ken, Japan, and was designed by Yoshihiro Onodera Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Commercial Building Project category
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KP-Project is located in Saitama-ken, Japan, and was designed by Yoshihiro Onodera Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Commercial Building Project category
Große Bleichen 19 is located in Hamburg, Germany, and was designed by Tchoban Voss Architekten. The project is shortlisted in the Best Commercial Building Project category
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Große Bleichen 19 is located in Hamburg, Germany, and was designed by Tchoban Voss Architekten. The project is shortlisted in the Best Commercial Building Project category
New Headquarters of Antao: Planet No. 16 is located in Hangzhou, China, and was designed by Antao Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
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New Headquarters of Antao: Planet No. 16 is located in Hangzhou, China, and was designed by Antao Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
Stray Birds Art Hotel is located in Chenjiapu Village, China, and was designed by gad line+ studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
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Stray Birds Art Hotel is located in Chenjiapu Village, China, and was designed by gad line+ studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
Uber Advanced Technologies Group Research & Development Center is located in San Francisco, USA, and was designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
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Uber Advanced Technologies Group Research & Development Center is located in San Francisco, USA, and was designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
10 Jay Street is located in New York, US, and was designed by ODA New York. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
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10 Jay Street is located in New York, US, and was designed by ODA New York. The project is shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Passenger Clearance Building is located in Hong Kong, and was designed by Aedas and Rogers Stirk + Partners. The project is shortlisted in the Best Public Building Project category
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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Passenger Clearance Building is located in Hong Kong, and was designed by Aedas and Rogers Stirk + Partners. The project is shortlisted in the Best Public Building Project category
Nagasaki Prefectural Government Office is located in Nagasaki, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Sekkei. The project is shortlisted in the Best Public Building Project category
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Nagasaki Prefectural Government Office is located in Nagasaki, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Sekkei. The project is shortlisted in the Best Public Building Project category
Salesforce Transit Center is located in San Francisco, US, and was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
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Salesforce Transit Center is located in San Francisco, US, and was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
Koper Central Park is located in Koper, Slovenia, and was designed by Enota. The project is shortlisted in the Best Urban Design Project category
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Koper Central Park is located in Koper, Slovenia, and was designed by Enota. The project is shortlisted in the Best Urban Design Project category
The Kensington is located in London, UK, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Urban Design Project category
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The Kensington is located in London, UK, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Urban Design Project category
Menil Drawing Institute is located in Houston, US, and was designed by Johnston Marklee. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
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Menil Drawing Institute is located in Houston, US, and was designed by Johnston Marklee. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
Gravitational Field 2018 - The City Delta is located in Shanghai, China, and was designed by Goa. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
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Gravitational Field 2018 - The City Delta is located in Shanghai, China, and was designed by Goa. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
Glassell School of Art is located in Houston, US, and was designed by Steven Holl Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
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Glassell School of Art is located in Houston, US, and was designed by Steven Holl Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
Kokugakuin University Learning Centre is located inTokyo, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Sekkei. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
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Kokugakuin University Learning Centre is located inTokyo, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Sekkei. The project is shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Building Project category
Hadohilljo Townhouse is located in Jeju Island, South Korea , and was designed by UnitedLab Associates. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
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Hadohilljo Townhouse is located in Jeju Island, South Korea , and was designed by UnitedLab Associates. The project is shortlisted in the Best New Start Up Practice Project category
P4 is located in Warsaw, Poland, and was designed by Jems Architekci. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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P4 is located in Warsaw, Poland, and was designed by Jems Architekci. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Tower of Bricks is located in Hengshui, China, and was designed by Interval Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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Tower of Bricks is located in Hengshui, China, and was designed by Interval Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
The Scotts Tower is located in Singapore, and was designed by UNStudio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
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The Scotts Tower is located in Singapore, and was designed by UNStudio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
Daita is located in Tokyo, Japan, and was designed by Sasaki Architecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
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Daita is located in Tokyo, Japan, and was designed by Sasaki Architecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy category
AD Architecture Office is located in Shantou, China, and was designed by ADArchitecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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AD Architecture Office is located in Shantou, China, and was designed by ADArchitecture. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Layering Courtyard is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by ArchStudio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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Layering Courtyard is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by ArchStudio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
Nine Hours Namba Station is located in Osaka, Japan, and was designed by Naruse Inokuma Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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Nine Hours Namba Station is located in Osaka, Japan, and was designed by Naruse Inokuma Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
Telegraf 7 Office JP Immobilien is located in Vienna, Austria, and was designed by  BEHF Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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Telegraf 7 Office JP Immobilien is located in Vienna, Austria, and was designed by  BEHF Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
Coffee Nap Rosters 2nd is located in Seoul, Korea, and was designed by Design Studio Maoom. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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Coffee Nap Rosters 2nd is located in Seoul, Korea, and was designed by Design Studio Maoom. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
West Japan Railway Company Twilight Express is located in Mizukaze, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Space Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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West Japan Railway Company Twilight Express is located in Mizukaze, Japan, and was designed by Nikken Space Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
Annso Hill is located in Tengchong, China, and was designed by Studio QI. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
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Annso Hill is located in Tengchong, China, and was designed by Studio QI. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
Songyang Original Cottage is located in Langshu Village, China, and was designed by gad line+ studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
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Songyang Original Cottage is located in Langshu Village, China, and was designed by gad line+ studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is located in Grindavik, Iceland, and was designed by Basalt Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is located in Grindavik, Iceland, and was designed by Basalt Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
The Thousand Kyoto is located in Kyoto, Japan, and was designed by Tohata Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
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The Thousand Kyoto is located in Kyoto, Japan, and was designed by Tohata Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
Austrian Embassy is located in Bangkok, Thailand, and was designed by Holodeck architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
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Austrian Embassy is located in Bangkok, Thailand, and was designed by Holodeck architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is located in Hong Kong  and was designed by Aedas.The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
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Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is located in Hong Kong  and was designed by Aedas.The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
Longfu Life Experience Center is located in Puyang County, China, and was designed by LUO studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
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Longfu Life Experience Center is located in Puyang County, China, and was designed by LUO studio. The project is shortlisted in the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project category
Learning Courtyard is located in Aurangabad, India, and was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
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Learning Courtyard is located in Aurangabad, India, and was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
OIZ Office is located in Ankara, Turkey, and was designed by Yazgan Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Future Building Under Construction Project category
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OIZ Office is located in Ankara, Turkey, and was designed by Yazgan Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Future Building Under Construction Project category
Aqualuna is located in Toronto, Canada, and was designed by II by IV Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Future Building Under Construction Project category
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Aqualuna is located in Toronto, Canada, and was designed by II by IV Design. The project is shortlisted in the Best Future Building Under Construction Project category
Manhattan Loft Gardens is located in London, UK, and was designed by SOM. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
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Manhattan Loft Gardens is located in London, UK, and was designed by SOM. The project is shortlisted in the Best Mixed Use Building Project category
Morpheus Hotel, Cotai is located in Macau, China, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
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Morpheus Hotel, Cotai is located in Macau, China, and was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
Work, Meet and Dream! Designing Workplaces to Inspire Youth is located in Singapore, and was designed by DP Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category
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Work, Meet and Dream! Designing Workplaces to Inspire Youth is located in Singapore, and was designed by DP Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Interior Design Project category

The finalists have been named for this year's 2019 ABB LEAF Awards, which highlights outstanding architecture from around the globe. Though it features the usual big names, such as SOM, Zaha Hadid, and UN Studio, there's also a surprising number of outstanding projects from lesser known firms.

Now in its 18th year, the annual ABB Group LEAF Awards (Leading European Architects Forum Awards) is a global international prize that recognizes innovative architectural design.

"From China to Switzerland and many more, the shortlist includes projects of all scales and complexities from across the world," says the press release. "All of the shortlisted projects include buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community."

The overall winner will be announced on October 24 in Berlin, Germany. Until then, here are some highlights.

Salesforce Transit Center is located in San Francisco, US, and was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category
Salesforce Transit Center is located in San Francisco, US, and was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Tall Building Project category

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects recently won the Best Tall Building Worldwide award from the influential Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for its Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. The building is connected to the Salesforce Transit Center, which is impressive in its own right.

The huge transit station stretches over five blocks in downtown San Francisco and is defined by a 2.2 hectare (5.4 acre) rooftop park that includes a 1,000-person amphitheater, oak trees and a wetland marsh. It improves connectivity in the city and is also on track to be awarded LEED Gold certification (a green building standard).

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Urban Home of Nature is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by Origin Architect. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category
Urban Home of Nature is located in Beijing, China, and was designed by Origin Architect. The project is shortlisted in the Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy category

Urban Home of Nature, by Origin Architect, is located in Beijing and is envisioned as a prototype ground floor apartment that embraces nature.

Interior partition walls have been removed and tree trunks and thick plank flooring was installed to try lend the home a feeling of being outdoors. Additionally, the children's bedroom has been designed to resemble a large bird's nest. The room is reached by a ladder that's separate from the main staircase, with the aim of it becoming becomes an ideal place for kids to play hide and seek.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is located in Grindavik, Iceland, and was designed by Basalt Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is located in Grindavik, Iceland, and was designed by Basalt Architects. The project is shortlisted in the Best Hospitality Building Project category

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, by Basalt Architects, is a new spa and hotel situated on the western side of Iceland's famous geothermal spa that integrates into the landscape impressively. The building is situated within natural lava formations and actually makes use of the lava to form both the perimeter of the lagoon and the interior walls of the spa.

Head to the gallery to see the other outstanding projects shortlisted for the 2019 ABB LEAF Awards.

Source: ABB LEAF Awards

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