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The 2018 Winners + Finalists

On June 22, Azure honoured the winners of the 2018 AZ Awards at a lavish gala at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works.

Architects and designers from around the world joined us at the Evergreen Brick Works to celebrate the 2018 AZ Awards. Azure handed out trophies in recognition of outstanding achievement in 20 categories.


2018 AZ Awards Trophy designed by Michael Anastassiades

Best Residential Architecture,
Single Family



Nestled among the pine trees of Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Entrepinos clusters six volumes around a patio – and is filled with thoughtful touches, including brick surfaces hand-dusted with the region’s clay. Read more

Best Residential Architecture,
Single Family


Big Space, Little Space

With Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo architecture firm Davidson Rafailidis repurposed a 1920s garage into a home filled with fluid spaces, surprising skylights and additional outdoor spaces. Read more

Best Residential Architecture,


The Silo

Instead of tearing down an abandoned grain silo, COBE used the landmark to create a 17-storey residential project in Copenhagen that places social sustainability – and expressively angled balconies – at its core. Read more

Commercial/Institutional Architecture
Over 1,000 SqM


Copenhagen International School

The Copenhagen International School, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, isn’t just a place for academics – it’s a solar power plant, covered in 12,000 photovoltaic panels that provide more than half the school’s electricity. Read more

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Under 1,000SqM


Micasa Volume C

Volume C, created by Marcio Kogan for São Paulo retailer Micasa, is a sculptural vessel for displaying furniture, hosting events and more. Read more

Temporary/ Demonstration Architecture


DevolutioN Park

DevolutioN Park, in Xiamen, China, challenges developers to think differently. In an empty 90-square-metre apartment, Jiansong Tang created a rolling green oasis 27 storeys in the sky. Read more

Landscape Architecture


Orongo Station Stewardship Master Plan

On the eastern coast of New Zealand, Orongo Station is a sensitive, sustainable-minded and wonderfully ambitious project – and visitors might not even notice its existence. Read more

Unbuilt Buildings


Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal

Lemay’s renovation of Montreal’s Saint Joseph Oratory includes improvements to visitor facilities, a monumental new bell tower and a refurbished museum. Read more



The Bentway

The Bentway, a concept developed by Public Works and Greenberg Consultants, aims to transform the area beneath a Toronto expressway into a 1.75-kilometre public park, filled with “rooms” that include amphitheatres, playgrounds, bike paths, playgrounds and markets. Read more

Residential Interiors


Loft Panzerhalle

Located in a refurbished armory, Loft Panzerhalle features a ribbon-like mezzanine and a theatrical floating staircase – and it’s a visionary architectonic masterpiece. Read more

Commercial/Institutional Interiors


El Califa

El Califa is a taquería that takes cues from the shape, and infinite manifestations, of the humble taco. Read more



Axyl Chair

The Axyl Chair, designed by Benjamin Hubert and manufactured by Allermuir, is stackable and built on inverted, Y-shaped legs. Better yet: it was engineered to ensure that its footprint would be as minimal as possible. Read more

Furniture Systems


Gliss Master-Glass

Molteni&C’s Gliss Master-Glass furniture system, designed by Vincent Van Duysen, transforms everyday storage into a stunning display box, proving that closets can more seamlessly integrate into the home. Read more

Lighting Fixtures


Induction Wall Light

With the Induction Wall Light, Castor Design has developed an elegant way to revive – and actually improve – expired fluorescent lights. Read more

Lighting Installation


Jacques Cartier Bridge Interactive Illumination

Moment Factory brought new life – and new lights – to a Montreal mainstay with their mesmerizing Jacques Cartier Bridge Interactive Illumination. Read more

Architectural/Interior Products


Pure Paper Color

Patrick Norquet’s Pure Paper Color takes paper, available in flat sheets or gently embossed in a number of patterns, and transforms it into a building material. Read more

Experiential Graphic Design



Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ ROW DTLA, a Los Angeles project that combines structured wayfinding, signed landmarks and colourful accents, is effortlessly excellent – which is why it won the 2018 AZ Awards Winner for Experiential Graphic Design. Read more

Environmental Leadership


Duke University Water Reclamation Pond

In the Duke University Water Reclamation Pond, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects designed a five-hectare, multi-purpose project that reduced the school’s reliance on potable water. Read more

Social Good


Casey House

Impeccable architecture meets an urgent cause in Toronto’s Casey House, a modernization of Canada’s first standalone care centre for patients with HIV/AIDS. Read more

A+ Student Award


Tangible Formations

With Tangible Formations, a student team from the University of Stuttgart created a building block made of woodchips packed into clear plastic bags that empowers people to construct by hand. Read more

2 0 1 8   F I N A L I S T S

Residential Architecture Single Family

Mylla Hytte

Location: Near Oslo, Norway
Firm: Mork Ulnes Architects, Norway

Residential Architecture Single Family

Maison Wilson

Location: Montreal, Canada
Firm: la SHED architecture, Canada

Residential Architecture Single Family

Vanoosh Villa

Location: Vanoosh, Iran
Firm: 35-51 Architecture Office, Iran

Residential Architecture Single Family

House City Wall

Location: Seville, Spain
Firm: nodo17 group, Spain

Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit

Contemporary Rural Cluster

Location: Hangzhou, China
Firm: gad·Line+ Studio, China

Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit


Location: Madrid, Spain
Firm: Studio MK27, Brazil

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres

Daniels Building

Location: Toronto, Canada

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres

The Walled: Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat

Location: Yangzhou, China
Firm: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, China

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres

Refugio para Mujeres Victimas de Violencia

Location: Uruapan, Mexico
Firm: Origen 19º 41′ 53″ N, Mexico

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres

Poly International Plaza

Location: Beijing, China
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, USA

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres

Extension of the CTLES

Location: Bussy-Saint-Georges, France
Firm: Antonini Darmon and RMDM Architectes, France

Commercial/Institutional Architecture Under 1,000 Square Metres

Kanda Terrace

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Firm: Key Operation Architects, Japan

Temporary/Demonstration Architecture

Fine Line

Location: Toronto, Canada
Firm: RAW, Canada

Temporary/Demonstration Architecture

18 Shades of Gay

Location: Montreal, Canada
Firm: Claude Cormier + Associés, Canada

Landscape Architecture

Building a Greenway: Puyangjiang River Eco-Corridor

Location: Pujiang County, Zhejiang Province, China
Firm: Turenscape, China

Landscape Architecture

Berczy Park

Location: Toronto, Canada
Firm: Claude Cormier + Associés, Canada

Landscape Architecture

Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge

Location: Melbourne, Australiaa
Firm: John Wardle Architects (Australia) and NADAAA (USA) in collaboration with Oculus (Australia/USA)

Unbuilt Buildings


Location: Calgary, Canada
Firm: Modern Office of Design + Architecture (MoDA), Canada

Unbuilt Buildings

Magazine Street Residence

Location: New Orleans, USA
Firm: Trahan Architects, USA


Public Square

Team: Jack Robbins with Ben Abelman, Sam Frommer, Carol Hsiung and Brandon Massey
Firm: FXCollaborative, USA

Residential Interiors

IN 3

Location: Montreal, Canada
Firm: Jean Verville architecte, Canada

Residential Interiors

A White House

Location: Shanghai, China
Firm: RIGI Design, China

Commercial/Institutional Interiors

Contemplative Court at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Firm: Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR, USA

Commercial/Institutional Interiors

The Department Store

Location: London, U.K.
Firm: Squire and Partners, U.K.

Commercial/Institutional Interiors

WeWork Weihai Lu China Flagship

Location: Shanghai, China
Firm: Linehouse, China



Designer and Manufacturer: Springboard Working Surfaces, USA



Designer: Lievore Altherr, Spain
Manufacturer: Arper, Italy



Designer: Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Canada
Manufacturer: Two Degrees North, Canada

Furniture Systems

Expansion Cityline

Designer: Teknion, Canada
Manufacturer: Teknion, Canada

Lighting Fixtures


Designer: ANONY, Canada
Team: Christian Lo and David Ryan

Lighting Fixtures


Designer: Cohda, U.K.
Manufacturer: Innermost, U.K.

Lighting Fixtures


Designer: Studio Daniel Rybakken, Sweden/Norway
Manufacturer: Luceplan, Italy

Lighting Installations

HSBC Cafeteria

Firms: Licht Kunst Licht with Ingenieurbüro Heiming and ttsp hwp seidel Planungsgesellschaft mbH
Team: Isabel Sternkopf with Ingenieurbüro Heiming, Andreas Schulz and Tanja Nopens

Architectural/Interiors Products

Immersion Bathtub

Designer: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, China
Manufacturer: Agape, Italy

Architectural/Interiors Products

Cocoon Lounge

Firm: Casali, Italy
Team: Daniele Merini with Maurizio Casali and Roberto Casali

Experiential Graphic Design

University of California at Los Angeles Wasserman Football Center

Location: Los Angeles, USA
Firm: ZGF Architects, USA

Environmental Leadership

Gap Cove House

Location: Rockport, Massachusetts, USA
Firm: Ruhl Walker Architects, USA

Social Good

BIO Water Distilling Device

Designer: Ben Kaufmann of Carleton University, Canada

Social Good

Miaoxia Community Guest House

Location: Miaoxia, China
Firm: Insitu Project, Hong Kong

Social Good

Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel

Location: Fitzroy Crossing, Australia
Firm: iredale pedersen hook, Australia

A+ Student Award

Theatre in the Round and Theater in the Ground

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Team: Chen Chu, Jennifer Leung (prof.)

A+ Student Award

Thermal Threshold: Education and Play in the Arctic

School: University of Virginia, USA
Location: Minto, Alaska, USA

A+ Student Award

2017 Jim Vlock First Year Building Project

School: Yale School of Architecture with Columbus House, USA
Location: New Haven, USA

A+ Student Award

Netii Apa: Maasai Mara Cultural Center

School: Ryerson University, Canada
Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

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