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MVRDV and Heatherwick named on Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards Nominations includes Thomas Heathwerwick’s UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and MVDRV’s ‘balancing barn’ in Suffolk 

The fourth annual awards’ jury will be chaired by Stephen Bayley and include art and design curator Janice Blackburn, novelist Will Self, director of New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Bill Moggeridge, graphic designer Mark Farrow, pro vice-chancellor of Kingston University Penny Spark and Simon Waterfall, co-founder of digital agency Poke. 

Nominations will be on show at an exhibition at the Design Museum from 16 February until 7 August 2011.

The seven category winners will be announced on 28 February and the overall winner will be announced on 15th March. The trophy will be exclusively designed y Ross Lovegrove. 

Alex Newson, curator of the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition said: ‘The sheer breadth of the shortlist reaffirms the importance of good design and how it can help improve daily lives or even refresh the familiar.’

The full nominations in the Architecture category are:

11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, USA by Robert Wennett at Herzog & De Meuron

A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Benamin Garcia Saxe

Balancing Barn, Suffolk, UK by MVRDV with co-architect: Mole Architects. Client: Living Architecture

Burj Khalif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). Client: EMAAR

Concrete Canvas Shelters, UK by Concrete Canvas (Peter Brewin, William Crawford and Phillip Greer)

Ladakh Commonwealth Peace Pavilion and Classroom, Tibet by Sergio Palleroni (Basic Initiative)

Media-Tic Building, Barcelona by Enric Ruiz-Geli (Cloud 9)

Nottingham Contemporary, UK by Caruso St John Architects. Client: Nottingham City Council

Open-Air-Library Magdeburg, Germany by Karo Architekten with Architektur + Netzwek. Client: Landeshaupstadt Magdeburg

Stonebridge Hillside Hug, Greater London by Edward Cullinan Architects. Client: Hyde Housing Association/Hillshide Action Trust

Tape Installations, Austria and Croatia by Numen (For Use)

UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China by Thomas Heatherwick Studio

University of Oxford: Department of Earth Sciences, UK by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Client: University of Oxford 

Vitrahaus - Weil am Rhine, Germany by Herzog & De Meuron. Client: Vitra Verwaltungs GMBH

Void House, Belgium by Gon Zifroni in collaboration with Pom Archi Fashion

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