Top players of the international architectural and design community, from as far as Brazil and Japan, gathered at the Evergreen Brick Works Friday night as AZURE revealed the winners of its fourth annual AZ Awards.
The AZ Awards are one of a kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of architecture and design, submissions were open to designers, architects, firms and manufacturers of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields.
The high-calibre international jury included designer Ron Arad of Ron Arad Associates (London), interior designer Diego Burdi of Burdifilek (Toronto), retailer Jamie Gray of Matter boutique (New York), Patricia Patkau of Patkau Architecture (Vancouver), and landscape architecture chair Charles Waldheim of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, US). In March, the expert panel conferred at Toronto’s Hôtel Le Germain, Maple Leaf Square, narrowing the field from an impressive 652 entries arriving from 36 countries to a shortlist of 49 finalists. From there, they selected the 13 outstanding winners.
During the month of April, the public was also given the chance to vote online for their favourites as the People’s Choice. To view the full list of 13 jury winners and People’s Choice winners, visit azuremagazine.com.
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Best Residential Architecture: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects: Cliff House, Nova Scotia, Canada
Best Commercial/Institutional Architecture over 1,000 square metres: Marlon Blackwell Architect: Vol Walker Hall and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.
Best Commercial/Institutional Architecture under 1,000 square metres: Kikuma Watanabe: School Floating in the Sky, Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
Best Landscape Architecture: Stoss Landscape Urbanism: The CityDeck, Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Best Temporary/Demonstration Architecture: Matthew Mazzotta: Open House, York, Alabama, U.S.
Best Residential Interiors: i29 Interior Architects: Home 09, Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
Best Commercial/Institutional Interiors: Studio MK27: Cultura bookstore, São Paulo, Brazil
Best Furniture Design: Bensen: U Turn Chair, by Niels Bendtsen
Best Lighting: Castor Design: Coil Lamp, by Brian Richer and Kei Ng
Best Interior Product: Interface: Net Effect carpet tile, by David Oakey
Best Concept/Prototype: Line to Line Design: Tangent Clock, by Scott Sullivan
Best Unbuilt Competition Entry: REX Architecture: Media Headquarters Buildings
A+ AWARD WINNER
Student Award: Design/BuildLAB (Virginia Tech): Smith Creek Park, Virginia, U.S.
All winners and Awards of Merit are featured in the Annual Awards Issue, on newsstands today in Canada and July 7 in the U.S.