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2014 Winners + Finalists

Best Residential Architecture: Cliff House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

“Monumental modesty” is how Brian MacKay-Lyons describes Cliff House. Expressing a drama utterly suited to its breathtaking surroundings, the house is the first in a series of projects to be built on a privately owned property on the Atlantic coast. Measuring just 89 square metres, it is a triumph in every aspect – a stunningly compact building crafted using a frugal palette of glass, wood, aluminum and steel, and realized without breaking the bank.
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Best Architecture under 1,000 Square Metres: School Floating in the Sky by D Environmental Design Laboratory

Travel guide books describe Sangkhlaburi village as a place to go if you want to stay clear of other travellers. It is located in a remote part of Thailand near the Myanmar border, and its most notable landmark is a 400-metre-long wooden bridge. It is quiet in Sangkhlaburi; it is also poverty stricken, and in 2012 Kikuma Watanabe decided to improve the lives of the disproportionate number of children there who have been orphaned because their parents were unable to keep them. To do so, he asked the children to draw their dream school.
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Best Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Vol Walker Hall and the new Steven L. Anderson Design Center by Marlon Blackwell Architect and Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

When Vol Walker Hall first opened its doors in the 1930s, it was a library. Since 1968, it has been home to the University of Arkansas’s architecture school, and though its stately presence is beloved the building had reached its limits, especially in providing adequate studio space for a growing student body. Only new construction could fix that problem, so local firm Marlon Blackwell Architect partnered with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects to bring the old hall into the 21st century.
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Best Landscape Architecture: The CityDeck by Stoss Landscape Urbanism

In Wisconsin, it took Stoss Landscape Urbanism three years to complete a three-phase waterside master plan that has given downtown Green Bay a remarkable new lease on life, and without big-budget spending. A meandering boardwalk made of hard-wearing ipe wood now runs for over 400 metres along the formerly neglected Fox River.
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Best Lighting Design: Coil Lamp by Castor Design

Bringing new life to utilitarian objects that no longer have a function is something Castor Design has mastered as few other green-conscious product designers have. Old fire extinguishers have been sawn into colourful cup-shaped pendants; used fluorescent bulbs have been reconfigured to form oblong chandeliers; and the Carrara marble removed from the First Canadian Place tower in Toronto a few years ago has found its way into the duo’s growing collection of minimalist home accessories and furniture. In their hands, what is old, spent and burnt out is just waiting to be reborn.
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Best Temporary Architecture: Open House by Matthew Mazzotta

The recession that began in 2008, fuelled as it was by predatory lending, left swaths of America with blighted properties and abandoned homes. How might such spaces be revived and repurposed, and how can such fractured communities be rebuilt? Artist Matthew Mazzotta’s answer is Open House, a unique collaboration with the Coleman Center for the Arts and the good citizens of York, Alabama.
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Best Furniture Design: U Turn Chair by Bensen

What more can be done to the tub chair? Quite a lot, if you are Niels Bendtsen, chief designer and owner of Bensen, one of North America’s leading furniture manufacturers. Since 1981, he has brought his Danish sensibility for refined craftsmanship and his Canadian pragmatism to every piece of furniture that bears his “other Bensen” name. U Turn is no different, yet its tulip shape, which allows sitters to tuck in their feet when getting up, also gives the chair a leaner, cleaner, taller profile that takes any swivel chair stumpiness out of the equation.
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Best Product Design: Net Effect Carpet Tile by Interface

Ray Anderson, the former chair of Interface, died in 2011, but his mission to “climb Mount Sus­tain­ability” remains a motto for his company, and for other modular flooring brands that have embraced green design as essential to bus­iness. Anderson would likely approve of the Net Effect carpet tile collection, launched last year by Interface and designed to deliver exactly what he preached to his green summit followers: take nothing, and do no harm.
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Best Commercial Interior: Livraria Cultura by Studio MK27

Bookstores have always been more than just places to buy books; they are also places to browse, to hang out, to talk and read and think. They are places where people linger, and they are by nature fluid, multi-use spaces. Those are the ideas behind Marcio Kogan’s spectacular interior for the Livraria Cultura, in the heart of São Paulo.
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Best Residential Interior: Home 09 by i29 Interior Architects

There is strength in numbers, or in this case the abundance and repetition of modest materials. At Villa Bloemendaal, in North Holland, humble plywood is elevated to star status in an expertly articulated interior by Dutch firm i29. Well known for its ingenious use of basic materials and dramatic colour blocking, the studio has given a two-storey house, designed in 2011 by Paul de Ruiter Architects, a theatrical sense of character and style.
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Best Unbuilt Competition Entry: Media Headquarters by REX Architecture

Unlike many buildings rising in the Middle East, this competition entry for two sister media companies shuns the desire to be the tallest and pointiest. Instead, it looks to modernist sobriety, with two identical, flat-roofed towers. The twins, conceived by REX of New York, are not short on technology; they are full of astounding features that make cloud-scraping engineering seem like a fad of the past. Most notable are the facades, which blossom into a traditional Islamic motif while blocking out the sun’s heat.
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Best Design Concept: Tangent Clock by Line to Line Design

We are all slaves to time, and clocks represent the degree to which hours and minutes dominate our lives. Scott Sullivan, the designer of Tangent Clock, wants to change that love-hate relationship and turn time into a beautiful sculpture. Built around a central cylinder made of three white disks, the hour and minute hands are set at a tangent to the curving form, and the cylinder (rather than the hands) slowly turns. Time passes fluidly and discreetly, without the usual jarring ticks.
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A+ Student Award: Smith Creek Park by Design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech

A pedestrian bridge and an open stage in Clifton Forge, Virginia, may be modest in scale, but their impact has been enormous. Besides adding a vital community hub in place of a brownfield, the double-barrelled project has given the students of design/buildLAB a chance to see how urban renewal can re­invig­orate a neighbourhood.
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2014 Finalists

Architecture under 1,000 Square Metres: The Screen

Location: Dichen Valley, China
Firm: Li Xiaodong Atelier, China
Team: Li Xiaodong with Martijn de Geus, Jerry Hau, Renske van Dam and Ying Xin

Architecture under 1,000 Square Metres: Ecohawks Research Facility

Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Studio: Studio 804, University of Kansas
Team: Dan Rockhill with Hayder Alsaad, Max Anderson, Melanie Arthur, Liz Avenius, Ryan Berry, Matthew Bethel, Ashlee Burleson, Mark Hageman, Hunter Hanahan, Kelli Hawkins, Hannah Hindman, Owen Huisenga, Mike Kelly, Rachel Mattes, Kate Medin, Mandy Moore, Matt Patterson, Ryan Shults, Bryan Stockton and Mark Zeitler

Architecture under 1,000 Square Metres: Assiniboine Park Washrooms

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Firm: Peter Sampson Architecture Studio, Winnipeg
Architect: Peter Sampson

Temporary Architecture: ArtInPublic

Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Firm: D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism, Victoria
Team: Franc D’Ambrosio with Bill Porteous

Temporary Architecture: MirrorMirror tents

Location: New York
Studio: Davidson Rafailidis, Buffalo
Team: Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis with Jia Ma and Aleksandr Marchuk

Residential Architecture: Les Marais

Location: Wentworth-Nord, Quebec
Firm: Alain Carle Architecte, Montreal
Architect: Alain Carle with Isaniel Lévesque, Jean-François Marceau and Cuong Tran

Residential Architecture: Maiden Tower

Location: Vorarlberg, Austria
Firm: Marte.Marte Architects, Weiler, Austria
Team: Bernhard Marte and Stefan Marte

Residential Architecture: Redux house

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Firm:StudioMK27, São Paulo
Team: Marcio Kogan and Samanta Cafardo with Suzana Glogowski, Beatriz Meyer, Oswaldo Pessano and Mariana Ruzante

Landscape Architecture: Folly Forest

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Firm: Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers, Winnipeg
Team: Dietmar Straub and Anna Thurmayr

Landscape Architecture: Mangfall Park Rosenheim

Location: Rosenheim, Germany
Firm: A24 Landschaft Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin
Team: Steffan Robel and Joachim Swillus with Carole Blessner, Stephan Huber and Joachim Naundorf

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Regent Park Aquatic centre

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firm: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Toronto

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Valencia Waste Treatment Plant

Location: Valencia, Spain
Firm: Israel Alba, Madrid
Team: Israel Alba with Mónica Domínguez, Zina Petrikova, Laura Rojo and Ines Steuber

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Elena Garro Cultural center

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Firms: Fernanda Canales and Arquitectura 911sc, Mexico City
Team: Fernanda Canales, Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Firm: Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
Team: Jeanne Gang with William Emmick, Jay Hoffman, Mark Schendel and Christopher Vant Hoff

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Community Rowing Boathouse

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Firm: Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Team: Alex Anmahian and Nick Winton with Joel Lamere, Sydney Schremser and Todd Thiel

Architecture > 1,000 Square Metres: Joseph L. Rotman School of Management expansion

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firm: KPMB Architects, Toronto
Team: Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna with Luigi LaRocca, Paulo Rocha and Dave Smythe

Furniture Design: Kona chair

Designer: Miles Keller, Toronto, Ontario
Manufacturer: Dystil

Furniture Design: Bikini Island

Designer: Werner Aisslinger, Berlin, Germany
Manufacturer:
Moroso

Furniture Design: Stack buffet

Designer: Héctor Esrawe, Mexico City, Mexico
Manufacturer: Esrawe Studio

Furniture Design: Jumpseat Wall

Design Studio: Ziba Design, Portland, Oregon
Designers: Sohrab Vassoughi with Dave Knaub, Mehdi Mojtabavi and Paul Petri
Manufacturer: Sedia Systems

Furniture Design: Cover

Designer: Giuseppe Bavuso, Milan, Italy
Manufacturer: Rimadesio

Lighting Design: Lightfalls

Designer: Todd Bracher, New York
Manufacturer: 3M

Lighting Design: Halo Light

Design Firm: Pensar, Seattle, Washington
Design team: Alex Diener and Kristin Will with Max Baker, Chad Brinckerhoff, Jonathan Hadley, Aaron Johnson, John Manthey, John Murkowski, Andrew Royal and Trent Wetherbee
Manufacturer: Illumagear

Product Design: Formwork

Design Firm: Industrial Facility, London, U.K.
Designers: Kim Colin and Sam Hecht
Manufacturer: Herman Miller

Residential Interiors: Through House

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firm: Dub­bel­dam Architecture + Design, Toronto
Team: Heather Dubbeldam with Johanna Bollozos, Oliver Dang, Lynden Giles, Jacob JeBailey, Bindya Lad, Jason LeBlanc and Suzanna MacDonald

Residential Interiors: Moore Park residence

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firm: Drew Mandel Architects, Toronto
Team: Drew Mandel and Jowenne Poon with Jasmine Maggs and Rachel Tameirao

Residential Interiors: Residence Freundorf

Location: Freundorf, Austria
Firm: Project A01 Architects, Austria and Germany
Team: Andreas Schmitzer with Eleonora Gallenzi and Judith Schafelner

Commercial Interiors: Auriga restaurant and lounge

Location: Mumbai, India
Firm: Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai
Team: Sanjay Puri with Madhavi Belsare

Commercial Interiors: Gamsei Cocktail Bar

Location: Munich, Germany
Firm: Buero Wagner, Vienna, Austria
Team: Fabian A. Wagner with Andreas Kreft

Commercial Interiors: LAX – Immersive multimedia architecture

Location: Los Angeles, California
Team: Digital Kitchen, Electrosonic, Fentress Architects, Moment Factory, MRA International, Sardi Design, Smart Monkeys

Concepts: Taichung cultural centre

Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Firm: Platform for Architecture + Research, Los Angeles and New York
Team: Jennifer Marmon with David Burpee, Ross Ferrari, Angus Goble, Youree Hong, Josshuae Matias, Ruben Rodela, Matthew Young and Leandro Yuang

Concepts: Ring House

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Firm: MZ Architects, Kaslik, Lebanon
Team: Marwan Zgheib

Concepts: Meditation house

Location: Jebaa, Lebanon
Firm: MZ Architects, Kaslik, Lebanon
Architect: Marwan Zgheib

Concepts: Luminous moon-gate

Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Firm: Form4 Architecture, San Francisco
Team: John Marx with Felix Lin and Pierluigi Serraino

A+ Student Award: Väärtus Jewellery

Designer: Rowan Liivamägi, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, British Columbia

A+ Student Award: Revitalizing Bamyan

Designer: Safira Lakhani, University of Waterloo, Ontario

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