On June 22 at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, the international architecture and design community gathered for the eighth annual AZ Awards. With finalists and winners travelling from as far away as Austria, Japan and Mexico, the winners of the competition were revealed amid a celebration of innovation and excellence.
The 20 winners of the 2018 AZ Awards are among the leading voices in international architecture and design. Their diverse projects – ranging from an ambitious landscape restoration to a stunning silo-to-residential-tower transformation to an induction light that repurposes spent fluorescent tubes – are a snapshot of the zeitgeist, projects that embody the transformative impact of design. To celebrate their achievement, each winner was awarded a sculptural trophy conceived by acclaimed London-based designer Michael Anastassiades, created in Carrara from a 10cm-tall piece of Salvatori stone.
In 2018, we received an unprecedented 997 entries from 46 countries – the greatest amount of submissions in AZ Awards history. Naming the best of the best was no small feat for our jury of esteemed experts, who, after extensive debate and discussion, selected 64 finalists in April. This year, the panel consisted of Claire Weisz, founding partner at New York architecture, urban design and planning firm WXY; Megan Torza, partner at Toronto architecture, landscape architecture and urban design firm DTAH; the aforementioned Michael Anastassiades; Michel Rojkind, founder of Mexico City architecture firm Rojkind Arquitectos; and Allen Chan, co-founder of Toronto multidisciplinary studio DesignAgency.
Tonight, the 20 illustrious winners of the 2018 AZ Awards were honoured at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Discover the winning and shortlisted projects below, along with the People’s Choice winners. Félicitations!
The 2018 AZ Awards is presented by Cosentino, Keilhauer, Stone Tile and Laminam, and sponsored by Flos, Landscape Forms, Urban Capital, and George Brown College School of Design. Gala sponsors are Alpi, DXV, Farrow&Ball, Scavolini, and Tas. Hotel sponsor is The Drake Hotel.
All winners and finalists are featured in the Annual Awards Issue, on newsstands July 2 and available to order online here on June 25.
↓ Best Residential Architecture, Single Family (tie)
Taller Héctor Barroso: Entrepinos, Valle de Bravo, Mexico (pictured above)
Davidson Rafailidis: Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, New York, USA (People’s Choice)
↓ Best Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit
COBE: The Silo, Copenhagen, Denmark
↓ Best Architecture Over 1,000 Square Meters
C.F. Møller Architects: Copenhagen International School, Copenhagen, Denmark
↓ Best Architecture Under 1,000 Square Meters
Studio MK27: Micasa Volume C, São Paulo, Brazil (People’s Choice)
↓ Best Temporary & Demonstration Architecture
DevolutioN: DevolutioN PARK, Xiamen, China
↓ Best Landscape Architecture
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects: Orongo Station Stewardship Master Plan, New Zealand
↓ Best Unbuilt Concept
Lemay: Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (People’s Choice)
↓ Best Ideas/Prototypes
Public Work with Greenberg Consultants: The Bentway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (People’s Choice)
↓ Best Residential Interior
Smartvoll: Loft Panzerhalle, Salzburg, Austria
↓Best Institutional & Commercial Interior
Esrawe Studio: El Califa, Mexico City, Mexico
Check out the full list of AZ Award winners here!
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