16 Architecture Projects in Running for Beazley Designs of the Year

John Hill
10. septembre 2019
The Shed, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group, New York City, 2019 (Photo: Iwan Baan)

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist for its twelfth annual Beazley Designs of the Year, the exhibition and awards celebrating "the most innovative designs of the last 12 months."

The 76 nominated projects fall into six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport. Of interest here is the Architecture category, which consists of 16 projects (three fewer than last year) ranging from individual buildings and landscapes to renovations and even digital systems related to architecture. The full list is below, with short, teaser descriptions courtesy of the Design Museum and links to the projects on their website.

A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on November 21, 2019. Beazley Designs of the Year is on display from September 11, 2019, to February 9, 2020 at the museum's London home.

Last year's Overall Design of the Year was Forensic Architecture's Counter Investigations, a solo exhibition held in London; although related to architecture, Forensic Architecture' exhibition won in the Digital category. The previous year, 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, won both the Architecture category and the Overall Design of the Year.

110 Rooms, MAIO, Barcelona (Photo: MAIO)

110 Rooms
A modular apartment block for flexible living

Art Biotop Water Garden
Junya Ishigami
An artist residency among trees, water and moss

Ca’n Terra
Ensamble Studio
A home excavated out of a quarry

Central Park, Taichung
Philippe Rahm architectes, mosbach paysagistes and Ricky Liu
& Associates
A public park with engineered microclimates

Latraac Skate Cafe
Zachos Varfis
A skate park designed with the community

Miami Collage Garage, Florida, USA, WORKac (Photo: Imagen Subliminal)

Maya Somaiya Library
Sameep Padora and Associates
A walkable parabolic roof for a public library

Miami College Garage
WORKac, Amale Andraos and Dan Wood
A car park that is also a playground

MK Gallery
6a architects
A new gallery for Milton Keynes

A New roof for the ancient souk of Homs
Ghassan Jansiz for United Nations Development Programme
A market roof for a city devastated by war

Hildrey Studio
A postcode for London’s homeless

Songyang Story, Zhejiang, China, DnA Design and Architecture (Photo: Wang Ziling)

A Room for Archaeologists and Kids
Studio Tom Emerson (ETH Zürich) and Taller 5 Juillerat Manrique (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
An international effort to protect the past

Punchbowl Mosque
Angelo Candalepas and Associates for the Australian Islamic Mission
A home for Sydney’s islamic community

Research into public money for public goods
Louise Carver
A post-Brexit policy that localizes farming

The Shed
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Lead Architect) and Rockwell Group (Collaborating Architect)
An expandable performance center on wheels

The Songyang Story
DnA_Design and Architecture
A regional effort to revitalize village life

Studio Opalis
Rotor and the Architectural Association
An online platform for reusing architectural waste


Beazley Designs of the Year is on display at the Design Museum from September 11, 2019, to February 9, 2020.
2019 Judges:

  • Paul Thompson (Chair), Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art
  • Sarah Douglas, Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*
  • Yinka Ilori, Designer
  • Martino Gamper, Designer
  • Melissa Hajj, Product Design Director, Facebook

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