2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced

2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced, One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl
One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffused international design awards, has announced the results of the 2015 – 2016 design competition: 1,276 winners from 88 countries in 93 different design disciplines including arts, architecture, design, engineering and innovation. Entries were carefully evaluated by an 83-person jury, composed of established scholars, prominent press members, creative design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.

A’ Design Competition results are announced every year on April 15. Best products, projects and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity are rewarded with the A’ Design Award. There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A’ Design Awards. Designers, companies and institutions from all countries are annually called to take part in the accolades by nominating their best works, projects and products for award consideration.

The A’ Design Awards’ online gallery of winners features the top designs from the 2015 – 2016 International A’ Design Competition as well as previously awarded works from past years. Interviews with the award winning designers can also be viewed here.

Laureates are now invited to attend the glamorous gala-night and award ceremony in Italy where they will be called to the stage to collect their trophies, award certificates and yearbooks. Winners are also provided exclusive space to take part in the “best designs of the year” exhibition to showcase their works in Italy. Laureates are also entitled to receive the “A’ Design Prize.”

The A’ Design Prize is a highly coveted and comprehensive winners’ kit given to A’ Design Award & Competition medallists to help disseminate their news. In addition to the trophy, certificate and book, the A’ Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as the translation of award winning works into dozens of languages, press release preparation and distribution, a lifetime license to use the “award winner” logo, a public relations campaign for winners and the communication of awarded works to thousands of media members.

While the 2015 – 2016 Edition is over, entries to the 2016 – 2017 competition is now open. Interested designers, artists, architects and companies can register and submit their works here, where further information regarding the design competition such as evaluation criteria, key dates, list of jury members, entry forms and presentation guidelines is also available. View a selection of some of the winners below and view all of the laureates at the designmag.org website.

One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016

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One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl

One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl

Flowing Tai Chi / CHIH-KAI,KANG / Golden A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016

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Flowing Tai Chi / CHIH-KAI,KANG. Image © 2016 CHIH-KAI,KANG

Flowing Tai Chi / CHIH-KAI,KANG. Image © 2016 CHIH-KAI,KANG

N8-House [ House of Iii-Box ] / Masahiko Sato / Golden A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016

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N8-House [ House of Iii-Box ] / Masahiko Sato. Image © Toshihisa Ishii

N8-House [ House of Iii-Box ] / Masahiko Sato. Image © Toshihisa Ishii

Green Hills Kindergarten / Gerardo Broissin / Broissin Architects / Golden A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016

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Green Hills Kindergarten / Gerardo Broissin / Broissin Architects / Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © Alejandro Rocha

Green Hills Kindergarten / Gerardo Broissin / Broissin Architects / Golden A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © Alejandro Rocha

Oculus / E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA / Golden A’ Yacht and Marine Vessels Design Award in 2016

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Oculus / E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA / Golden A' Yacht and Marine Vessels Design Award in 2016. Image © Illustration by tangram3Ds

Oculus / E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA / Golden A’ Yacht and Marine Vessels Design Award in 2016. Image © Illustration by tangram3Ds

Lotus Square Art Center / Raynon Chiu / Platinum A’ Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016

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Lotus Square Art Center / Raynon Chiu / Platinum A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016. Image © Dabin Interior Photography

Lotus Square Art Center / Raynon Chiu / Platinum A’ Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016. Image © Dabin Interior Photography

5xsao Paulo / Juliana Pippi / Golden A’ Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016

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5xsao Paulo / Juliana Pippi / Golden A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016. Image © Marco Antonio

5xsao Paulo / Juliana Pippi / Golden A’ Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award in 2016. Image © Marco Antonio

Drops / Jeffrey Day / Golden A’ Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award in 2016

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Drops / Jeffrey Day. Image © Kevin Fry

Drops / Jeffrey Day. Image © Kevin Fry

Do you also want to have your designs featured and promoted internationally? If so, register for the A’ Design Awards here: https://competition.adesignaward.com/registration.php

Minus5 Architects & Studio Mr. White Propose “Art Facade” for the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Kahlifa has been the world’s tallest building since 2009, and last year the Dubai-based supertall broke another record by implementing the world’s largest LED-illuminated facade. Building on these accomplishments, Minus5 Architects in collaboration with Studio Mr. White, has proposed using LED technology to create scale silhouettes of architectural monuments from around the world on the facade, including the Empire State Building, Beijing’s CCTV Tower, London’s Shard, Toronto’s CN Tower, Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers, and others.

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The silhouettes would slowly scroll across the facade to show viewers the heights of other buildings and structures compared to the 828 meter tall (2717 foot tall) tower. According to the designers, “with this visual concept, Burj Khalifa elegantly shows admiration to all construction marvels, while reasserting its position as the ‘big brother’ tallest building in the world.”

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Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art Reopens After Restoration

Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art Reopens After Restoration, Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole
Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art has reopened to the public after a multi-year restoration project led by Knight Architecture, LLC. The building, which began construction in 1969 and was completed after Kahn’s death in 1977, was designed to house Paul Mellon’s gift of British art to Yale University. According to the museum, “this was the most complex building conservation work undertaken at the Center to date, comprising the entire structure, from roof to basement. It renews the Center’s public galleries, internal systems, spaces, and amenities, and has provided an opportunity to reimagine and reinstall the Center’s renowned collections of more than five centuries of British art—the largest outside of the United Kingdom.”

Yale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Turner Bay following rein- stallation. Image © Richard CaspoleYale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Long Gallery following reinstallation. Image © Michael MarslandYale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard CaspoleYale Center for British Art, exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole+20

Speaking to The Guardian about the subtlety of the intervention, the museum’s conservation assistant Mary Regan-Yttre said, “We spent a lot of money to make it look exactly the same.” The $33 million restoration made updates that were both code related and cosmetic, including the revival of finishes and materials, such as travertine floors, white oak wall panels, Belgian linen display walls, and concrete ceilings on the interior, and the matte steel and reflective glass facade. Some of the more technical building improvements relate to the mechanical and electrical systems, fire protection, telecommunications, and safety services, all of which were implemented to expand resiliency, ensure the stability of the collections environment, and enhance the patron experience.  The Yale Center for British Art, one of Kahn’s last projects, is located directly across from his first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery (1953). Sited on opposite sides of New Haven’s Chapel Street, the two structures act as bookends to the architect’s short but highly accomplished career.

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Yale Center for British Art, exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, Entrance Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, Entrance Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Turner Bay following rein- stallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, fourth oor, Turner Bay following rein- stallation. Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, fourth- oor gallery following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, fourth- oor gallery following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Long Gallery following reinstallation. Image © Michael Marsland

Yale Center for British Art, fourth oor, Long Gallery following reinstallation. Image © Michael Marsland
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Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, circular stairs following conservation. Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, circular stairs following conservation. Image © Richard Caspole
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Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall following conservation. Image © Michael Marsland

Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall following conservation. Image © Michael Marsland
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Yale Center for British Art, panoramic exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole

Yale Center for British Art, panoramic exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole

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