From a pool of over 3,000 buildings designed and created in the past year, the folks over at Arch Daily have narrowed down their annual Building of the Year nominations.
The shortlist contains five buildings per category -- which range from houses and housing to educational and healthcare architecture. The competing designs hail from locales as diverse as Chile, Vietnam, Italy, China, Poland and Burundi, imagined by familiar firms like Shigeru Ban Architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Kengo Kuma & Associates and Grimshaw Architects. Whether it's an iceberg-inspired apartment complex in Denmark or a region's first library, the stunning creations represent some of the most boundary-pushing, awe-inspiring buildings popping up all over the world in the 21st century.
Below is a preview of 25 of the most impressive buildings in the running. When you're done feasting on the visual wonder that is architecture today, you can vote for your favorite projects here until February 4th, 2015 (read the complete rules).