19 Architecture Projects in Shortlist for Beazley Designs of the Year

John Hill
11. September 2018
Chaoyang Park Plaza, MAD Architects (Photo: Iwan Baan)

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist for its eleventh annual Beazley Designs of the Year, the exhibition and awards "celebrating the world’s best design."

The 87 nominated projects fall into six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport. Of interest here is the Architecture category, which consists of nearly twenty projects (six more than last year) ranging from small-scale installations to high-profile cultural buildings. The full list is below, with short, teaser descriptions courtesy of the Design Museum.

A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 15 November 2018. Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 12 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 at the museum's Kensington home.

Last year's Design of the Year (both Architecture and Overall) was the National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates in partnership with The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroupJJR.

Fuyang Cultural Complex, Amateur Architecture Studio (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Bío Bío Regional Theatre
Smiljan Radic, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano
A theatre wrapped in a translucent skin

Chaoyang Park Plaza
MAD Architects
A building inspired by Chinese landscape painting

The Common Stove
Matali Crasset
A public stove to bring people together 

Copenhagen Islands
Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg
An archipelago for aquatic leisure

Digua Community
Shu Zhou
A bomb shelter turned grassroots community center

Fuyang Cultural Complex
Amateur Architecture Studio
A museum that’s also a landscape

Ganga Maki Textile Studio
Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai
A home for crafts at the foot of the Himalayas

LEGO House, BIG (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Gulshan Society Jame Mosque
Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA
A multi-story mosque for a dense neighborhood

Jintai village reconstruction
Rural Urban Framework
A new village for an earthquake-prone area

LEGO House
Bjarke Ingels Group
A LEGO project on an architectural scale

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Jean Nouvel
A global museum transported to the desert

Jenny Sabin Architects
A pavilion knitted from luminescent yarn

Microlibrary at Taman Bima
SHAU Indonesia
A community library made of ice-cream buckets

Qatar National Library, OMA (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Sustainable Construction (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Block Research Group (ETH Zürich)
A building block made from mushroom mycelium​

Qatar National Library
A national library for the 21st century ​

SESC 24 de Maio
Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos
An office building turned arts and recreation center​

Small is Meaningful
Design Trust Futures Studio
A mentoring program for rethinking public space​

Stone Matters
AAU Anastas / Scales and Laboratoire GSA
A stone pavilion that combines traditional and digital skills​

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Heatherwick Studio
A museum carved from concrete

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