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For the sixth annual AZ Awards, our intrepid jury narrowed the field from over 800 submissions, received from dozens of countries, to select just 48 finalists that stood above the rest. In addition to presenting the AZ Award winners, Azure recognized these projects, products and concepts with Awards of Merit.

Is this three distinct sheds or one interconnected whole? The answer is, both. “He” is a painters’ studio, a windowless white cube lit by skylights. “She” is a ceramicists’ and silversmiths’ workshop with ample fenestration and maple cladding. “It,” a poly­carbon­ate greenhouse, offers its plant inhabitants the thing they need most: natural light. Davidson Rafailidis designed the three sites to be separate but interdependent. On sunny days in Buffalo, heat from the greenhouse warms the entire site, and when it’s cloudy the sheds can be partitioned off to maximize heat retention.

Location: Buffalo, U.S.

Firm: Davidson Rafailidis, U.S.

Team: Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, with Matthew Dore, Jia Ma and Alex Marchuk ­

He, She & It

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