MAD Architects, established in China in 2004 by Ma Yansong, started small but quickly transformed into a global brand, becoming one of the country’s leading firms. MAD is behind some of the world’s most striking structures, such as the Harbin Opera House.
Photography: Adam Monk
The best of Architects’ Directory 2000-2016
Our annual Architects’ Directory was conceived in 2000 as the ultimate little black book of new architectural talent, an effort to map out the world’s best young practices, year by year, spanning countries and continents. We’ve featured more than 450 practices from all continents (well, maybe not Antarctica – yet) and photographed more than 100 of them in the most amazing architectural sites across the world, from Tokyo’s Shibuya Station by Tadao Ando to Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Lincoln Center in New York, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ London Heathrow T5, the Neues Gallery in Berlin by David Chipperfield, and London’s Shard by Renzo Piano. Nurturing emerging practices and seeing them grow into global creative brands has been an exciting story in itself. Our ever-growing roster includes now-internationally acclaimed names, such as Allied Works, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Níall McLaughlin, Sean Godsell and Grafton Architects. Pictured here is just a sample of the biggest studios that have graced the Architects’ Directory over the years...
Vincent van Duysen
Vincent van Duysen’s knack for effortless sophistication has led to high profile projects, such as London’s first Alexander Wang store, left. He is known for his expert use of pure and tactile materials, and clean and timeless aesthetic.
Photography: Yves André
Founded in 1991 in Switzerland by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond, Atelier Oï is a multidisciplinary firm that blurs the boundaries of design; its body of work comprises a diverse bounty of projects, encompassing set design, architecture and interiors. Pictured is the practice’s workshop for watchmaker Jaquet Droz in Switzerland.
Photography: Koen Van Damme
As originally featured in the October 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*211)