The Design Museum has announced the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April at an awards evening held at The Angler, South Place Hotel, London.
The Seven Category winners are:
Architecture: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRÊTRE, PARIS Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been named as the thirteenth architect of the temporary Pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery. At 41 he is also the youngest to accept this prestigious invitation to design what is seen as one of the most anticipated structures in the cultural calendar.
Fujimoto is one of an increasing number of architects who, inspired by our interaction with the built environment, connect nature with the man-made to create a unique meeting of the two.
The Pavilion in front of the Serpentine Gallery will be formed using a latticed structure of 20mm steel poles and will have a lightweight appearance. The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park. From certain vantage points the Pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.
Sandworm, by Finnish environmental artist and architect Marco Casagrande, is an organic structure and space built on the dunes of the Wenduine coastline, Belgium. From the early stages of his career Casagrande started to mix architecture with other disciplines of art and science. He has completed a series of ecologically conscious architectural installations around the world, of which this is the latest.
The 45 metres long installation combines architecture and environmental art and is constructed entirely out of willow, following the local knowledge of working with sand and willow.
This year’s Stirling Prize was announced at a celebratory dinner at Manchester Central on Saturday 13 October 2012, hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson. The RIBA award is named after one of the professions greats, James Stirling, and it has become a catalyst for the regeneration of British architecture.
The Sainsbury Laboratory in the Botanic Gardens of Cambridge University won the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
From a sustainable design perspective it is interesting to note that this building has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating. BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, which sets a standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It is a widely recognised measure of a building’s environmental performance.
There was a brilliant line-up featuring some of the most interesting architects and designers living and working in the East London borough of Hackney. Chaired by Marcus Fairs, we were treated to a jam-packed day of presentations and displays. The event also gave participants a chance to discuss both the opportunities and threats to creative businesses in this fast-changing part of London. It explored experimental design strategies that are emerging in the borough, with discussions involving leading Hackney critics and curators – all inspiring stuff!
The shortlist for the prestigious 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates the best of new British architecture. The list features six exceptional and completely different buildings from across the UK. The shortlisted buildings will be judged on a range of criteria including; design vision, innovation and originality, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
The list includes; the seemingly simple yet highly innovative London Olympic Stadium, the thoughtful and intimate Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow, the stunningly original Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire, the beautifully detailed and rule-breaking Sainsbury Laboratory for plant science in Cambridge, the New Court Rothschild Bank in London that rises high whilst opening new views at street level, and the crafted and careful reincarnation of the Lyric Theatre on a small suburban site in Belfast. All are in the running for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
LONDON OLYMPIC STADIUM