The wait is over, the winners of this year's A' Design Awards are finally in! Every year, architects, designers, interior designers and creatives of every shape and size are invited to partake in an international competition which considers a multitude of facets of the design industry. With over 100 categories represented by the 2015-2016 competition, this year 1277 winners from 88 countries and 94 design disciplines received an award for their work. Scroll down to see a selection of winners from the categories of Architecture, Building and Structure Design and Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design.
Photo P+one Architecture
Guangzhou-based P+one Architecture took home the Platinum A' Design Award in the category of Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design for their pavilion Transparent Shell. The structure of a conch shell is dissected and exploded to form the basis of the structure's spatial experience during Guangzhou Design Week. Irregularly arched frames coated with textile intertwine with a gridded metal framework to collectively form the shell, similar to the process of a silkworm spinning its cocoon.
Photo dECOi architects & Anton Grassl
Bangalore-based practice dECOi architects sweeps the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category with a Platinum A' Design Award for One Main. Crafted with a CNC router, the carved wooden interior of a Boston office can be viewed as two planes: ceiling and floor. All elements were replaced with customised alternatives in milled timber for a seamless scheme of wood.
Photo Hiroshi Ueda, F.A.D.S
In Japan's Fukui Prefecture, The House For Contemporary Art by Ryumei Fujiki + Yukiko Sato is a residence which takes on the ambience of an art museum. Conceived for a homeowner that is an art collector, the home is comprised of concrete boxes which frame spatial views throughout the interior. The structure won a Golden A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category.
Photo Xiangyu Sun
Acquiring a Platinum A' Design Award in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category, the Waterfront Lilac Club by Yi Chen and Muchen Zhang is a tranquil lounge which creates a spiritual connection between its habitants and nature.
Photo Sing Studio by Sum Sing
Fittingly receiving a Golden A' Design Award for the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category, the golden-hued interior of AS Design Four Lau and Sam Sum's UM Junior Top Kid's Wear Store in Macau. The prominent component of the retail scheme is the children's construction toy Crazyforts. Assembled in a ball in socket fashion, interconnected spheres and rods rise to form displays and attach to the ceiling and walls for additional hanging space.
Stealing a Silver A' Design Award, Timber Tale an ancestral hall by Hong Kong-based studio Eureka. Situated within a Buddhist park, the structure reinterprets Chinese architecture for modern times by expressing historical proporitons with pine struts.
Photo Gabriel Benzer, Nigel Marson
Perkins + Will's Shaw Contract Group Atlanta Showroom swoops in for a Golden A' Design Award in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category. With a scultptural staircase which mimics yarn passing through a carpet loom, the venue acts as a spatial identity for the flooring brand and hosts professional events, sales meetings and presentations.
Photo Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Despite the Coastal Cinema's tight budget, One Plus Partnership took home a Golden A' Design Award in the Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design category for their resourceful spatial solution. By interpreting the geologic structure of coastal areas resulting from wave action, the cinema lobby in the Chinese city of Wuxi unfurls from a curvaceous partition of metallic rods while natural stones double as ticketing stations.
Photo Zhi Xia
Penda's Rising Canes Architectural Modular stakes out a Silver A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category. A flexible structural system made from bamboo strengthens as it grows, similar to a plant, and can be dismantled without leaving behind a trace.
Photo Photographer Marcos Oliveira
Winning the Golden A' Design Award in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category, PomPom is a children's clothes store in Oporto designed by Albertina Oliveira. With white floor, walls and ceiling as a canvas, fashions emerge among brightly hued geometric shapes.
Photo Assen Emilov
Stefan Apostolov of I/O Architects receives a Silver A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category for the Observation House. The residence's living spaces are elevated atop a solid bastion base for panoramic views of the agricultural landscape of Northeastern Bulgaria.
Photo Jun Murata / JAM
With a facade of white fins to conceal two stores within its base, Jun Murata's N strips Residence in Osaka wins the A' Design Award in the category of Architecture, Building and Structure Design. The renovation of the 39 year old structure yields seven dwellings which harmonize with its urban surroundings while forming an iconic presence.
Photo Hampus Berndtson, Variations, 2015
Copenhagen-based Studio David Thulstrup receives a Golden A' Design Award for the Munich retail location for Danish jeweler Georg Jensen. Scandinavian and Art Deco aesthetics collide with walls of walnut timber struts and rough hammered terrazzo floors, clear references to the jewellery brand's linear language and silversmith techniques.
Photo Chih-Kai, Kang ; Chun-Ping, Li, 2015
By expressing the harmonious elements of Yin and Yang, Flowing Tai Chi sales centre by Inheressence Design Studio won the a Golden A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category. Although serving a marketing role, the building serves as a venue for cultural events with a multitude of the structure's aspects rooted in sustainability. A sloping roofscape serves to collect and channel rainwater into a central pool.
Photo Lee Kuo-Min
With concrete columns defining its cavernous interior reminiscent of a Secret Scripture Library, Chih Kang Chu's Fangsuo Bookstore in Chengdu receives the Platinum A' Design Award in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category.
Photo Juan Solano
Situated in Lima, Peru, the AGP eGlass Factory by Felipe Ferrer of V.oid received a Golden A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category. Although the office and factory spans one hectare, the interior is entirely dedicated to stimulating employees of AGP eGlass to maintain a clean operation mode as well as communicate the brand's identity to clients. With a white epoxy floor and blackout tensile textile across the walls and ceiling, the bright and sterile environment's intention was to impact the behaviour of employees and ultimately resulted in increased employee produciton and satisfaction.
Photo Parham Taghioff
Embedded within the Shemshak resort in Iran, Barin by Ryra Design Studio is a ten storey structure whose facade diguises itself within the snow-covered peaks of the Alborz mountains. The snow white curves of the building's fenestration and balconies earned the Tehran-based studio a Silver A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category.
Photo Gao Xiong, 2015
Taking the Golden A' Design Award for the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category, Gao Xiong for the interior of Angel's Artisan Boutique Hotel. The eye-catching, racecar-inspired aesthetic of the entrance, lobby and restaurant emerges from the designer's interplay of light, material and space.
Photo Kyungsub Shin
Designed by Seungmo Lim, the Libertango Room in the Boutique Hotel in Seoul is a single suite which expresses a woman dancing the tango and a bullfighter dueling a bull. Bold red hues of the matador's cape grace the walls, imbuing a sense of dynamic energy. The golden mesh curtain which divides the room hints at the Golden A' Design Award for the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category given to the space.
Photo Dirk Heindoerfer
With a combination of blackened iron, recycled wood, glass, cement and stainless finishes, X-Line Design Co.'s office for Auer Commercial takes a Golden A' Design Award for the Interior Space and Exhibition Design category. Located in New Taipei City, the space features a 20m-long streetscape to create an urban environment for interaction which is representative of the brand, albeit indoors.
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