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A Danish LEGO House, a South African art museum, and a Chinese village are among the Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

A Danish LEGO House, a South African art museum, and a Chinese village are among the Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

The Design Museum in London right now unveiled 87 nominees for the coveted Beazley Designs of the Year awards. The shortlist consists of design tasks of all scales throughout the six classes Structure, Digital, Style, Graphics, Product, and Transport. 

The accompanying exhibition Beazley Designs of the Year opens at the museum tomorrow, September 12, and the remaining winners in every class in addition to one general winner shall be made public on November 15.

Take a look at the 19 shortlisted tasks in the Structure class, together with some massive identify designers like Jean Nouvel, OMA, Smiljan Radic, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Wang Shu, and Bjarke Ingels, under.

Zeitz Museum of Modern Art Africa
Heatherwick Studio

Challenge description: “The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, in Cape Town, strikingly repurposes a former grain silo made obsolete by containerised shipping. For this post-industrial project, designer Thomas Heatherwick carved out a dramatic, skylit central atrium from within the original 42 tightly packed concrete silos to reveal startling geometries, while also converting them for gallery use. Faceted glass windows were also punched out of the building’s grading tower to create a kaleidoscopic effect.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Bjarke Ingels Group

Venture description: “LEGO House is an activity centre for playing and learning with LEGO, set in the Danish town where the plastic building brick was invented. The centre offers a variety of exhibition spaces and public squares, including a roof terrace and pixelated staircases that double as informal auditoriums. Inside, four play zones are arranged by colour and programmed with activities to develop different aspects of a child’s learning: creative, cognitive, social and emotional.”

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Louvre Abu Dhabi
Jean Nouvel

Undertaking description: “Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is an encyclopaedic art museum. It was arrange by way of a 30-year settlement between the Emirati and French governments by which the Louvre and different French establishments are supplying experience and loans for a lot of the content material, whereas the museum builds a assortment of its personal.
Impressed by conventional Arabian structure, its cluster of buildings is
coated by a sprawling latticed dome that gives shade whereas casting
intricate shadows on the floor.”

Photograph: Pablo-Enriquez. Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Jenny Sabin Architects

Challenge description: “Lumen was a summer installation commissioned for the annual Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in New York. Knitted from luminescent yarns, its tubular structures absorbed light throughout the day, which was then emitted at night. The installation, which took over the courtyard of MoMA PS1, was also embedded with sensors, allowing it to track the densities of bodies, heat and sunlight, while cooling mist ensured it remained a refreshing space for gathering.”

Photograph: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Qatar Nationwide Library

Undertaking description: “The new Qatar National Library celebrates the continued importance of books and public libraries in the digital era. In a single, open space, its more than one million books are displayed on terraces of marble shelving, interspersed with spaces for reading, browsing, and gathering, with views into a sunken, travertine-clad archive for rare books and manuscripts below.”

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SESC 24 de Maio
Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos

Venture description: “The SESC 24 de Maio is a non-profit arts and recreation centre housed in a former office building in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. The building has been adapted to house a theatre, restaurant, library, dentist practice, exhibition space and other facilities, all of which are accessible via a continuous ramp that runs along all fifteen floors. With an Olympic-sized rooftop pool, the complex adds a bright spot to the otherwise grey landscape, visibly enlivening the local area.”

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Bío Bío Regional Theatre
Smiljan Radic, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano

Undertaking description: “The Bío Bío Regional Theatre was commissioned by the Chilean government to rejuvenate the city of Concepción after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Its skeletal frame is wrapped in PTFE, a Teflon-coated fibreglass less than an inch thick. This unusual choice of material gives the building a sense of weightlessness but also an air of mystery; the light gleaming through its walls at night lures in passers-by and hints at the activity within.”

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Fuyang Cultural Complicated
Newbie Structure Studio

Venture description: “Architect Wang Shu’s Fuyang Cultural Complex is a large-scale project outside Hangzhou, China. It includes a history museum, gallery and archive. Incorporating Wang’s characteristic use of vernacular materials, forms, and spatial strategies drawn from Chinese gardens and landscape painting, the building features a dramatic, undulating roofscape where visitors can meander. Rural revitalisation is one of Wang’s greatest concerns, and he accepted the commission only after the local government agreed to let him restore and rebuild a nearby village.”

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Copenhagen Islands
Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg

Venture description: “Copenhagen Islands is a series of floating platforms that encourage public recreation in Copenhagen Harbour. The project aims to bring life and activity to the city’s waterways in response to rapid urban development, while anticipating rising sea levels. The platforms each offer different amenities and features, such as a sauna or diving board, and can be brought together as a cluster for special events.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Stone Issues
AAU Anastas / Scales and Laboratoire GSA

Venture description: “Stone Issues is a pavilion in Jericho, Palestine, constructed of 300 interlocking, structural stone elements. Showcasing new prospects for a constructing materials with deep traditions in the space however now used virtually solely for superficial cladding, the challenge combines digital design with stereotomy stone-cutting methods that depend on present native know-how. The goal is to
spur a revival of masonry that may forestall information of the materials from being misplaced.”

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Gulshan Society Jame Mosque
Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA

Challenge description: “The Gulshan Society Mosque in Dhaka rethinks the format of conventional mosque structure by putting seven equivalent prayer halls stacked one on prime of the different. The challenge’s goal was to accommodate a giant congregation
on a small plot, whereas additionally offering a lovely landmark for the densely packed space. The constructing’s outer sample is an abstraction of a prayer in Kufic script.”

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Small is Significant
Design Belief Futures Studio

Undertaking description: “Facilitating collaboration between the public and personal sectors in Hong Kong, Design Belief Futures Studio launched Small is Significant. The undertaking noticed 4 mentor–mentee groups deal with Hong Kong’s extreme scarcity of public area by designing, and in some instances implementing, micro-park ideas throughout totally different neighbourhoods. This included a collection of moveable public
furnishings, a cellular park constructed on the again of a truck, and a skip reworked
into a youngsters’s playground.”

Photograph: Hufton+Crow. Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Chaoyang Park Plaza
MAD Architects

Venture description: “Chaoyang Park Plaza is a 220,000 square metre office and retail complex of ten buildings situated on the southern edge of one of Beijing’s largest parks. Drawing on classical Chinese gardens and shan shui landscape painting, its forms evoke eroded mountains or rock formations, intentionally prompting a culturally specific blurring of the natural and artificial. The tallest buildings’ vertical fins provide energy-efficient ventilation and filtration, while a pond at their base helps cool the complex’s interiors in summer. The project was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Ganga Maki Textile Studio
Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

Venture description: “Ganga Maki is a textile studio run by Japanese designer Chiaki Maki in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. Designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, its new home consists of weaving and dying workshops, a gallery, housing and other facilities, all arranged around a central courtyard and constructed by local craftsmen of brick, lime, stone and bamboo.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Microlibrary at Taman Bima
SHAU Indonesia

Challenge description: “Taman Bima microlibrary was the first of a series of small libraries to be constructed throughout Indonesia in an effort to improve the country’s literacy rate. Situated in a small square, the building was constructed on a pre-existing stage, with a façade system of plastic ice-cream buckets inserted in metal frames. The buckets are readily available, cost-efficient, and easy to assemble, while allowing for natural lighting and ventilation.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Jintai village reconstruction
Rural City Framework

Challenge description: “Jintai village in China’s Sichuan province was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake in 2008, and again by a major landslide in 2011. Rural Urban Framework has since been working with residents to rebuild their community in a way that encourages sustainability, resilience and self-sufficiency. Densely arranged, the new village includes a community centre and twenty-two houses, of various sizes and configurations, that use local materials and incorporate rainwater harvesting, natural light and ventilation, and terraced roof gardens for collective and household farming.”

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The Widespread Range
Matali Crasset

Challenge description: “The Widespread Range was designed for ‘Faraway, So Close’, the 25th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. The purpose of the biennial was to check the potential of rural areas as an alternative choice to city dwelling. By putting a giant home range in the woods, the undertaking aimed to reactivate the misplaced and forgotten hyperlinks between the area people and the forest, inviting the space’s residents to spend time collectively round the range’s emanating heat.”

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Sustainable Development (Karlsruhe Institute of Know-how)
and Block Analysis Group (ETH Zürich)

Venture description: “MycoTree is an architectural system made of load-bearing mycelium (the root-like fungal colonies that produce mushrooms). While many designers have investigated the possibilities of using mycelium to make furniture, lighting, or cladding for buildings, MycoTree results in an entire self-supporting structure. Grown at a mushroom farm in Indonesia and fitted together using bamboo endplates and metal dowels, the structure offers a sustainable alternative for building construction in the future.”

Picture courtesy Design Museum.

Digua Group
Shu Zhou

Venture description: “The Digua Community is a social design initiative transforming abandoned bomb shelters in Beijing into shared community facilities for gatherings, events, and other activities. For its second project, realised in an underground shelter in the Jianxiyuan neighbourhood, area residents were invited to co-design the spaces, offering a rare opportunity in the Chinese capital for direct grassroots participation in local planning.”

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