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The 2019 Winners + Finalists

On June 21, Azure honoured the winners of the 2019 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.

2019 AZ Awards Trophy designed by Matt Carr

Best in Architecture: Buildings Over 1,000SqM

Helsinki Central Library Oodi

The library gets a jolt of energy in this brilliant project by ALA Architects, the winner in Architecture: Buildings Over 1,000 Square Metres. Read more

Best in Architecture: Buildings Under 1,000SqM

Dune Art Museum

Protecting the sand dunes of coastal China, this art museum by OPEN Architecture in the winner in Architecture: Buildings Under 1,000 Square Metres. Read more

Best in Architecture: Single-Family Houses

House in a Garden

Nestled into its urban context, this Notting Hill home by Gianni Botsford is the winner in Architecture: Single-Family Houses. Read more

Best in Architecture: Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

520 West 28th

Zaha Hadid Architects’ curvaceous low-rise on the High Line wins in Architecture: Multi-Unit Residential Buildings. Read more

Best in Architecture: Temporary and Experiential Installations

Infinite Buildings

Architect Jean-Maxime Labrecque’s site-specific artwork for a Montreal residence wins in Architecture: Temporary and Experiential Installations. Read more

Best in Architecture: Adaptive Re-Use

Idea Exchange | Old Post Office

The first-ever winner in our inaugural Adaptive Re-Use category, Idea Exchange | Old Post Office in Cambridge, Ontario, gracefully marries old and new. Read more

Best in Landscape Architecture

Sanya Mangrove Park

A damaged ecosystem in China is brought back to life in Turenscape’s marvellous Landscape Architecture winner. Read more

Best in Interiors: Residential

Michigan Loft

Chicago’s Vladimir Radutny Architects added warmth to a raw shell in creating this winner of the Residential Interiors category. Read more

Best in Interiors: Commercial and Institutional

Hele International Art Center

Winning in Interiors: Commercial and Institutional, this resplendent arts centre in Wuhan, China, was inspired by soap bubbles. Read more

Best in Design: Furniture

Officina sofa

Combining soft and rugged elements, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s sofa for Magis wins in Design: Furniture. Read more

Best in Design: Furniture Systems and Collections


A holistic office collection by Norm Architects for Allsteel wins the Design: Furniture Systems and Collections award. Read more

Best in Design: Lighting Fixtures


This ultra-minimalist wall light by Davide Groppi takes the Design: Lighting Fixtures prize. Read more

Best in Design: Lighting Installations


A light vortex that you can step into, Formwerkz Architects’ creation for a Shenzhen festival takes the prize in Design: Lighting Installations. Read more

Best in Design: Interior Products

Xorel Vue

Carnegie Fabrics’ Xorel Vue collection wins in Design: Interior Products for bringing a tailored, artisanal touch to office environments.. Read more

Best in Design: Architectural Products


In the Design: Architectural Products category, this innovative collection by Paik Sun Kim for Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini took home the top prize. Read more

Best in Concepts: Ideas and Prototypes


The winner in Concepts: Ideas and Prototypes offers an ingenious – and aesthetically pleasing – solution to construction hoarding. Read more

Best in Concepts: Unbuilt Buildings

‘The Arbour’ George Brown College Tall Wood Building

Designed by Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry, “The Arbour” is the ambitious tall-wood building that took the prize in Best in Concepts: Unbuilt Buildings. Read more

Best in A+ Student Award

Geographies of Urban Filth

The A+ Student Award winner is by the University of Waterloo’s Liyang Zhang, who provides a fresh take on water management. Read more

Best in Social Good

Neeson Cripps Academy

Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the beautiful and sustainable Neeson Cripps Academy in Phnom Penh is the winner in the Social Good category of the 2019 AZ Awards. Read more

Best in Environmental Leadership

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project

Taking home the Environmental Leadership award, this Australian park provides clean water and gorgeous public space. Read more

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Architecture: Buildings Over 1,000SqM

Muttenz Water Purification Plant

Location: Muttenz, Switzerland
Firm: Oppenheim Architecture Europe, Switzerland

Architecture: Buildings Over 1,000SqM

Institute for Contemporary Art

Location: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Firm: Steven Holl Architects, U.S.

Architecture: Buildings Under 1,000SqM

Temple of Light

Location: Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Firm: Patkau Architects, Canada

Architecture: Buildings Under 1,000SqM


Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Firm: Studio Cadena, U.S./Colombia

Architecture: Buildings Under 1,000SqM

Eystur Town Hall

Location: Norðragøta, Faroe Islands
Firm: Henning Larsen, Faroe Islands

Architecture: Single-Family Houses

Marfa 10 x 10

Location: Marfa, Texas, U.S.
Firm: Candid Rogers Studio, U.S.

Architecture: Single-Family Houses

Guozijian Hutong House

Location: Beijing, China
Firm: DL Atelier, China

Architecture: Single-Family Houses

Progressive Heritage

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Firm: MANADA Architectural Boundaries (Mexico) and Ludens (Mexico)

Architecture: Single-Family Houses

Planar House

Location: Porto Feliz, Brazil
Firm: Marcio Kogan with Lair Reis and Diana Radomysler

Architecture: Multi-Unit Residential Buildings


Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Firm: 5468796 Architecture, Canada

Architecture: Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

Lirio 7

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Firm: BAAQ, Mexico

Architecture: Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

1245 Harwood

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Firm: Revery Architecture, Canada

Architecture: Temporary and Experiential Installations


Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Firm: MRD Arquitectos, Mexico

Architecture: Temporary and Experiential Installations

Carnet C10

Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Architects: Marta Sequeira (University of Lisbon) and Pedro Matos Gameiro (Matos Gameiro Architectos) with Carlos Machado e Moura (MAVAA)

Architecture: Temporary and Experiential Installations


Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Firms: Block Research Group at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (U.K.) with Architecture Extrapolated (U.K.)

Architecture: Adaptive Re-Use

LocHal Public Library

Location: Tilburg, the Netherlands
Firm: Civic Architects (the Netherlands), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau (the Netherlands), Inside Outside (the Netherlands) and Mecanoo (the Netherlands)

Architecture: Adaptive Re-Use

Bauman Corporate Retrofit

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Firm: Studio Arthur Casas, Brazil

Landscape Architecture

The Bentway

Location: Toronto, Canada
Firm: Public Work, Canada

Landscape Architecture

Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction

Location: New York City, U.S.
Firm: WXY Architecture + Urban Design, U.S.

Interiors: Residential

Candy Loft

Location: Toronto, Canada
Firm: StudioAC, Canada

Interiors: Residential


Location: Madrid, Spain
Firm: Ensalada Works

Interiors: Commercial and Institutional

Claus Porto New York

Location: New York City, U.S.
Firm: Tacklebox Architecture, U.S.

Interiors: Commercial and Institutional

Princesshof National Museum of Ceramics

Location: Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Firm: i29 Interior Architects, the Netherlands

Interiors: Commercial and Institutional

Atmospheric Lens

Location: Toronto, Canada
Firm: Paul Raff Studio Architects

Design: Furniture

Limbus GreenFrame

Design: Kauppi & Kauppi, Sweden
Manufacturer: Glimakra of Sweden, Sweden

Design: Furniture

Angelo M

Designer: Leo Aerts, Belgium
Manufacturer: Alinea Design Objects, Belgium

Design: Furniture


Design: Lendager Group, Denmark
Manufacturer: Reform, Denmark

Design: Furniture Systems and Collections


Design: Iwasaki Design Studio, Japan
Manufacturer: Arper, Italy

Design: Furniture Systems and Collections


Designer: EWE Studio, Mexico

Design: Lighting Fixtures


Design: Michael Anastassiades, U.K.
Manufacturer: Flos, Italy

Design: Lighting Fixtures


Design: Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark
Manufacturer: Artemide, Italy

Design: Lighting Fixtures

Ohm Porcelain Luminaire Collection

Design: Kauppi & Kauppi, Sweden
Manufacturer: Ifö Electric, Sweden

Design: Lighting Installations


Location: Toronto, Canada
Design: Castor Design, Canada

Design: Interior Products

Natural Dimensions

Design: Jill Malek with Daniel Tillman of C3 Design, U.S.

Design: Interior Products


Design: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Design, France
Manufacturer: Nanimarquina, Spain

Design: Architectural Products

Koan Sliding System

Design: Kokaistudios, China
Manufacturer: Lualdi, Italy

Design: Architectural Products

Vapor Graphic Perf

Design and Manufacture: Arktura, U.S.

Concepts: Ideas and Prototypes

Autonomous Travel Suite

Design: Aprilli, Canada

Concepts: Unbuilt Buildings

Museum of Pawiak Prison

Location: FAAB Architektura, Poland

Concepts: Unbuilt Buildings

Pedrignano Visitors Center

Firms: Studio VAARO (Canada) and Gabriel Fain Architects (Canada)

A+ Student Award


School: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Canada
Team: Roya Aghighi with Frank Ko and Addie Bahi of AMPEL UBC and Sunjoo and Jae-Hyeok Lee of Botany Lab UBC

A+ Student Award

Coscienza Intuitiva

School: Architectural Association School of Architecture, U.K.
 Federico Fauli with tutors Efrén Ga Grinda, Christina Diaz Moreno and Benjamin Reynolds

A+ Student Award


School: School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of the Republic (UdelaR), Uruguay
Team: Nicolás Franco Schicke with Carolina Güida Gray Moreira

Environmental Leadership

Geographies of Urban Filth

School: University of Waterloo, Canada
Team: Liyang Zhang with thesis supervisor Rick Andrighetti

Environmental Leadership

Muttenz Water Purification Plant

Location: Muttenz, Switzerland
Firm: Oppenheim Architecture Europe, Switzerland

Social Good

Leandra Ortega’s Human Settlement Social Housing

Location: Lima, Peru
Firm: Llatas, Peru

Social Good

Gowanus Atlas

Firm: Loci Architecture, U.S.

Social Good

Highlander Accelerator

Location: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Firm: El Dorado, U.S.