The Surface Design Awards 2018 finalists are announced

The Surface Design Awards 2018 finalists are announced

The finalists of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces.

The shortlist of impressive projects range from internationally renowned museums to personal residential projects.

The Surface Design Awards are part of Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018), the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surface design, facilitating thousands of innovative and thrilling materials to connect with an audience of architects and designers.

The Surface Design Awards celebrate amazing examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

Launched in 2013, Surface Design Awards has grown exponentially in both stature and quality. International growth has been staggering this year with project entries from 16 different countries. There were 39 entries from the UK, 69% of these being from London. The most popular categories entered were Commercial Interiors and Housing Interiors.

The judging panel was co-chaired by Tina Norden, of Conran and Partners, and Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studioilse, Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London, Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair, Howard Sullivan of Your Studio and Nir Gilad of Nous Design, all of whom are experts in their fields.

30 projects have been named finalists, with awards to be given out across 11 categories. Each project was judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and the aesthetic design. 13 of the shortlisted projects are from the UK, 8 of those from London. International finalists include 5 projects from China, 4 from Portugal as well as entries from India, Belgium, Lithuania, Taiwan, Hungary, Canada and Italy.

There were a number of returning entrants. 2017 winner Maria Ana Vasco Costa has been shortlisted 3 times with 2 different projects, Vicente Borga Hostel and President Arriga Building. Last year’s double winner Giles Miller is again shortlisted with The Bolt, as is Kris Lin Interior Design with Twisting.

Other finalists include The Mirrored Sight Shelter in Guizhou, China by Li Hao. The tranquil and beautiful structure sits proudly on the river in Longli and reflects the story of the Longli people, a vernacular community that has experienced isolation and tension in south east Guizhou. Co-chair of the judging panel Tina Norden described the project as “Tranquil yet quirky”.

A perforated screen designed for the Science Museum in London by Coffey Architects is a finalist in the Public Building Interior Surface category. The clever design of the double layered screen produces dappled light as the sun moves across the sky, engaging the visitor with the passing of time and negating library fatigue. Judge Nir Gilad commented “I looked at the picture and it made me want to visit the Science Museum”.

 

One of the four finalists from Portugal is the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon by AL_A. The design builds upon Portugal’s rich tradition of craft and ceramics, almost 15,000 three-dimensional crackle glazed tiles articulate the façade and produce a complex surface that gives mutable readings of water, light and shadow. The project was described by Jo Littlefair as “poetic with beautiful curves, a building whose design and surface promotes art and architecture”.

 

Praised by co-chair of the judging panel Ab Rogers for having “A creative use of materials with the alignment of the walls being exquisite”, The Vanke DayPark Sales Office & Culture Exhibition Centre in Shenzhen, China by Zhao Yu is a finalist in the Commercial Interior category. The most arresting part of the design is the installation of library and floral work in the central display hall. The immense bookcase was made of overlaying paper sheets framed by steel strips.

Surface Design Awards 2018 – Finalists:

Surface Design Awards

Vanke Day Park Sales Office & Culture Exhibition Centre, Shenzhen, China, Zhao Yu

Commercial Interior Surface

Kheer Restaurant, New Delhi, India, Nariyoshi Muramatsu

Vanke Day Park Sales Office & Culture Exhibition Centre, Shenzhen, China, Zhao Yu

Barley Mow Centre, London, UK, Ben Adams Architects

 

Surface Design Awards

Vicente Borga Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Ana Vasco Costa for GAS2 Architects

Commercial Exterior Surface

Sutton Yard, London, UK, Archer Architects

Vicente Borga Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Ana Vasco Costa for GAS2 Architects

Nobu Hotel, London, UK, Ben Adams Architects

Light and Surface Interior

Oxford St John’s College Glass Light Tapestry, Oxford, UK, James Poore & Kirsty Brooks

Soundscapes, Gistel, Belgium, Zumi

Embassy Gardens, London, UK, Luis Bustamente Studio GIA Equation & Jan Hendrix

Light and Surface Exterior

Beach Hut Monument for Beachy Head Lady, Eastbourne, UK, Stephen Foley

 

Sustainable Exterior Surface

Vicente Borga Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Ana Vasco Costa for GAS2 Architects

Valley Villa, Vilnius, Lithuania, Arches

Taijiang Administrative and Visitor Centres, Tainan City, Taiwan, Bio-architecture Formosana/ Ying Chao Kuo & Ching Hwa Chang

 

Surface Design Awards

Science Museum, London, UK, Coffey Architects

Public Building Interior Surface

Science Museum, London, UK, Coffey Architects

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary,     O’Donnell + Tuomey

 

Surface Design Awards

The Mirrored Sight Shelter, Guizhou, China, Li Hao

Public Building Exterior Surface

The Mirrored Sight Shelter, Guizhou, China, Li Hao

NGS Macmillan Unit, Derbyshire, UK, The Manser Practice

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal, AL_A

Bund Finance, Art and Culture Centre, Shanghai, China, Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

Surface Design Awards

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal, AL_A

House Interior Surface

House 13, London, UK, Studio Octopi

Life extensions, Taipei, Taiwan, YU, PIN-CHI

My House, London, UK, MW Architects

Surface Design Awards

John Ruskin Street, London, UK, David Stanley and Romy Grabosch

Housing Exterior Surface

Presidente Arriaga Building, Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Ana Vasco Costa for STC Arquitectos

John Ruskin Street, London, UK, David Stanley and Romy Grabosch

Highland House, Kent, UK, Ben Adams Architects

Beijing Jinmao Residence, Beijing, China, Tina Sheng, Chung Han Tang

Retail Interior Surface

Nobu Presentation Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Studio Munge

Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Torino, Turin, Italy, Elena Paci

Surface Design Awards

The Bolt, London, UK, Giles Miller Studio

Temporary Surface

Twisting, Shanghai, China, Kris Lin Interior Design

The Bolt, London, UK, Giles Miller Studio

Winners of the categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at Surface Design Show on Thursday 8 February, with a supreme winner also being unveiled.

Sponsors for the 2018 Awards are Business Design Centre, James Latham and Eden Anglo Veneers.

 

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