The 13 best new buildings in the world

The annual World Architecture Festival recently wrapped up in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Five already-built and upcoming buildings were awarded top honours, and a dozen more — from office buildings and housing to sports arenas and schools — won for their respective categories.

Our favourites include the Interlace, a sprawling 42-acre LEGO-style apartment complex in Singapore, and the Fulton Center, a soaring New York City subway station that reimagines what it means to travel.

No matter the building, we know one thing: We need to visit yesterday.

The Interlace, Singapore. World Building of the Year.

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The Interlace uses a Lego-like hexagonal setup for its 31 apartment blocks.

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The Vancouver House, Canada. Future Project of the Year.

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The way the building is warped -- beginning with a narrow foundation and ballooning as it ascends -- will help protect residents from the nearby highway.

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The building features luxury apartments, offices, shops, and restaurants.

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ONS Incek Residence Showroom and Sales Office, Turkey. AkzoNobel's Prize for Colour in Exterior Architecture.

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The rainbow palette makes it easy to see why the building took home the colourful recognition.

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Cam Thanh Community House, Vietnam -- Civic & Community winner.

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The building serves as a hub for the local neighbourhood, and residents hope it can attract tourists in the future.

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Walumba Elders Center, Australia -- Health winner.

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Elevated to avoid flooding, the center serves as an all-purpose facility for the elderly, offering residence, recreation, communal dining, and places for celebration.

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Toho Gakuen School of Music, Japan -- School winner.

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Serving all ages, from high school preparatory classes to advanced master's candidates, the concrete music school relies on a minimalist industrial aesthetic.

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San Mam├ęs Stadium, Spain -- Sports winner.

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Opened in 2013, the stadium was recently selected as one of the 13 host sites for the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer tournament.

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Brazilian Pavilion, Brazil -- Public Display winner.

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The pavilion won the top prize in the WAF Display category for its playful mix of green space on the ground and walkable cargo net above.

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HIGO, Japan -- Office winner.

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The Japanese office building was described by WAF judges as a 'magical, habitable, almost invisible structure.'

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Courtyard House Plugin, China -- New & Old winner.

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Sleek, modern design fused with old-world construction pushed the tiny house-within-a house to the top of the heap.

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Ballet School, Russia -- School winner.

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The St. Petersburg's structure may feature an unassuming exterior, but its glass-built interior is anything but ordinary.

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Fulton Center, USA -- Transit winner.

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Riding the subway is a drab experience for most in New York City.

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In the yawning downtown station, however, mass transit is given new life.

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Sino Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, China -- Shopping winner.

Tucked inside Chengdu City, the shopping center creates a buzzing atmosphere for tourists and locals.

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But the experience on the ground still recalls a simpler and slower time.

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