Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku has been crowned the winner of the architectural category for the Design Museum’s 2014 Design of the Year Award
The project saw off competition from Alison Brooks’ Stirling Prize-shortlisted Newhall Be housing scheme in Essex, David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex in Mexico City and a modern art gallery in Dunkirk by Lacaton and Vassal, amongst others.
Awards judge Piers Gough of CZWG Architects described the scheme as ‘an intoxicatingly beautiful building by the most brilliant architect at the height of her office’s powers’.
He added: ‘It’s swooning fluid on the outside and inside, belieing its size and complexity. The thousand and one geometrical junctions are consummately mastered and segue seamlessly into each other. Sitting atop a swooping zigzag landscape that would be a winner even without the building. It is as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt. Without an ounce of awkward argumentative modernism in its bones. It rather reads like a sweet love letter to Zaha’s homelands.’
The architecture category is one of seven categories in the awards which also recognise digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design. The winners of each category are now competing for the overall Design of the Year Award which will be announced at the end of June.
Last year the prestigious prize was picked up by the redesign of the UK government website – GOV.UK
All of the shortlisted designs are on display at the Design Museum until August 25.
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Hadid, Brooks, and Chipperfield buildings in running for Design of the Year
Just two UK schemes have made the shortlist in the architectural category for the Design Museum’s 2014 Design of the Year Award
Alison Brooks’ Stirling Prize-shortlisted Newhall Be housing scheme in Essex was named among the finalists alongside the only other UK scheme, namely 6a Architect’s façade for Paul Smith’s store in Mayfair London.
Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and John Pawson also made the shortlist with buildings in Azerbijan, Mexico and Germany respectively
The architecture category is one of seven categories in the awards which also recognise digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design.
All of the shortlisted designs will go on display at the Design Museum from March 26 to August 25. Judges will choose a winner from each category and one overall winner, to be announced later in the year.
The full list of architecture nominations
- Child Chemo House, Osaka by Tezuka Architects
- Façade for Paul Smith, London by 6a Architects
- Frac Centre, Orleans by Jakob + MacFarlane
- Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, by Lacaton and Vassal
- Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku by Zaha Hadid Architects
- La Tallera Siqeiros, Mexico by Frida Escobedo
- Makoko Floating School, Nigeria by NLÉ
- Mont de Marsan Mediatheque, France by Archi5
- Museo Jumex, Mexico City by David Chipperfield Architects
- Newhall Be, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects
- Praca Das Artes Performing Arts Centre, Sao Paulo by Brasil Arquitetura
- St Moritz Church, Germany by John Pawson
- The New Crematorium at the Woodland Cemetary, Stockholm by Johan Celsing
- Wa Shan Guesthouse, China by Wang Shu