Winners and finalists flew in from as far away as Poland and China to attend the celebration at Toronto’s iconic Evergreen Brick Works, where the results of Azure’s seventh annual AZ Awards competition were announced on June 23 in the presence of top talents from the local and international architecture and design communities.
The 20 winners of the 2017 AZ Awards proved their prowess through stunning and innovative projects that represent a snapshot of the leading work in global architecture and design today – from a curious, castle-like observatory in New Hampshire that maximizes stargazing to a bicycle-powered canopy that can unfurl anywhere an event space is needed to a 31.3-hectare park that preserves delicate wetlands in China. To mark their achievement, they were each awarded a one-of-a-kind trophy, the creation of Canadian-born, international design phenomenon, Philippe Malouin.
This year’s submissions reached a staggering 813 from 41 countries, setting a formidable task for our jury of renowned experts. Gathering in March to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to a shortlist of 70 finalists were: planner and landscape ecologist Nina-Marie Lister, interior designer Alessandro Munge, industrial designer Theo Richardson, architect Nader Tehrani and multidisciplinary designer Michael Vanderbyl. The jurors met at Toronto’s Drake Hotel – itself a historic landmark – where through debate and discussion they made their final selection of the best of the best – the 20 exceptional winners who were honoured tonight, and who are featured below.
Discover the winning and shortlisted projects below, along with the People’s Choice, by clicking on the Winners and Finalists headings.
The 2017 AZ AWARDS is presented by Audi, Cosentino, DXV, Keilhauer, and Rado, and is sponsored by TD Bank Group, Urban Capital and George Brown School of Design.
The AZ Awards Gala is sponsored by Alpi, Bauhaus, Farrow & Ball and Euro-Line.
All winners and finalists are featured in the Annual Awards Issue, on newsstands June 29 and available to order online here on July 3.
Best Residential Architecture, Single Family
Jean Verville Architecte: Fahouse, Eastern Townships, Canada
Palinda Kannangara Architects: Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya
People’s Architecture Office: Mrs Fan’s Plugin House
Omar Gandhi Architect (Canada) and Design Base 8 (U.S.): Rabbit Snare Gorge
Studio MK27: Jungle House
Best Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit
Hiroyuki Ito Architects: Tatsumi Apartment House, Tokyo, Japan
MAD Architects: Huangshan Mountain Village
Bjarke Ingels Group: The Grove at Grand Bay
Best Architecture Over 1,000M2
Patkau Architects: Audain Art Museum, Whistler, Canada
Steven Holl Architects: Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa
Henning Larsen Architects with GPP Arkitekter: Frederiksbjerg School
Atelier du Pont: Community of Municipalities’ Offices
Hariri Pontarini Architects: Bahá’í Temple of South America
Gimeno Guitart: Church and Parish Center Santa Maria Assumpta
Best Architecture Under 1,000M2
Anmahian Winton Architects: Gemma Observatory, Central New Hampshire, U.S.
BO-DA Architecture: Group 8 Headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China
Best Recreational Architecture
Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects: Five Fields Play Structure, Lexington, U.S.
The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative: John Fry Sports Park Pavilion
Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects: BMX Supercross Legacy Track, Toronto, Canada
Best Temporary & Demonstration Architecture
People’s Architecture Office: People’s Canopy, Preston, U.K.
Matter Design: Microtherme, Boston, U.S.
Best Landscape Architecture
Turenscape: Quzhou Luming Park, Quzhou City, China
Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect: Public Laneway Puncture, Toronto, Canada
West 8: Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills, New York, U.S.
Adamiczka Consulting: A Church for the Local Community, Wrocław, Poland
Sanjay Puri Architects: Iskcon Temple, Ahmedabad, India
Belzberg Architects: Zacatecas, Mexico City, Mexico
Best Residential Interior
Desai Chia Architecture: Photographer’s Loft, New York, U.S.
FM.X Interior Design: Returning Hut, Fujian, China
Audax with Pencil Design: Strata House, Toronto, Canada
Best Institutional & Commercial Interior
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Assembly Design Studio: Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Pittsburgh, U.S.
Hallucinate Design Office: Midwest Inland Port Financial Town, Xi’an, China
Fieldevo Design Studio: NCTU Innovation Centre, Hsinchu, Taiwan
João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto: Claus Porto Flagship Store, Lisbon, Portugal
Maurice Mentjens: House of Smart, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Best Furniture Design
Republic of Fritz Hansen: Pair Chair, by Benjamin Hubert
Coalesse: LessThanFive Chair, by Michael Young
Neal Aronowitz: Whorl Table
MDF Italia: Sign Filo, by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga
Estúdio Ronald Sasson: Armchair Yori
Best Furniture System
Keilhauer: Hangout Collection, by EOOS
Teknion with PearsonLloyd: Zones
Best Lighting Fixtures
Flos: INFRA-STRUCTURE, by Vincent Van Duysen
Davide Groppi: Infinito
Brightgreen: Surface-Mounted Wall Light Collection
Best Lighting Installations
CannonDesign and NEUF Architect(e)s: CHUM Passerelle, Montreal, Canada
Lichtvision Design and Random International: Swarm Study / IX, Chemnitz, Germany
Castor Design: Particle Accelerator, Toronto, Canada
Best Interior Products
Young Projects: Pulled Plaster Panels
Agape: Dot Line, by García Cumini
Wolf-Gordon: Wolf-Gordon + Mae Engelgeer
Best Architectural Products
Rimadesio: Soho Doors, by Giuseppe Bavuso
Nemo Tile & Stone: Think Thin, by Matt Karlin
RVB: Andrew, by Co.Studio
EXPERIENTIAL GRAPHIC DESIGN
Volume: Bloomberg SF Tech Hub, San Francisco, U.S.
Form: Media and Ekistics Planning & Design: Storyboard on the Landscape, Batoche, Canada
Civiliti: Pont Ferroviaire, Montreal, Canada
Michael Green Architecture: T3 Minneapolis, Minneapolis, U.S.
Edward Ogosta Architecture: Hangar Office
OPSYS: Extraction, Venice, Italy
Architem Wolff Shapiro Kuskowski Architectes: Old Brewery Mission, Transformation of Cafeteria, Café and Kitchen, Montreal, Canada
People’s Architecture Office: Mrs Fan’s Plugin House, Beijing, China
A+ STUDENT AWARD
Students of Kansas State University: Preston Outdoor Education Station, Cottonwood Falls, U.S.
Mark Hemphill, Savannah College of Art and Design: Wiggle Theory
Students of design/buildLAB, Virginia Tech: Sharon Fields
Caio Barboza and Sofia Blanco Santos, Harvard University: Aéro
Tomasz Broma, Wrocław University of Science and Technology: S’lowtecture Housing Structure