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AZURE’s annual AZ Awards is recognized as one of today’s most exciting and influential design and architecture awards programs. The celebration of the 2017 AZ Awards took place on June 23 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto with winners and finalists flying in from as far away as Poland and China. With 813 submissions from 41 countries, the jury of experts faced a challenging task in narrowing down the 70 finalists to one winner in each of the 20 competition categories.

You can explore below full project information and photos of select winning projects, with the full list of winners to be found here.

Jean Verville Architecte were winners in the  Residential Architecture, Single Family category with FAHOUSE, a fun, minimalist home located in Canada’s Eastern Townships, while the Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit award went to Japan’s Hiroyuki Ito Architects for the Tatsumi Apartment House in Tokyo, which was noted for its elegant reinterpretation of Japanese architectural features and living solutions.

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FAHOUSE
Tatsumi Apartment Houses
Tatsumi Apartment Houses

For Best Architecture Over 1,000 Square Meters, Patkau Architects were winners for the sublime and restrained Audain Art Museum in Whistler, British Columbia. And with its compelling geometries, the winner for Best Architecture Under 1,000 Square Meters was the Gemma Observatory by Anmahian Winton Architects.

Audain Art Museum
Audain Art Museum
Gemma Observatory
Gemma Observatory

Playful and whimsical, the Five Fields Play Structure in Massachusetts was a winner in the Recreational Architecture category. People’s Canopy, by People’s Architecture Office based in Preston UK won in the category of Best Temporary & Demonstration Architecture.

Five Fields Play Structure
Five Fields Play Structure
People's Canopy
People’s Canopy

In the area of interior design, the Best Institutional Interiors award went to Neri & Hu Design and Research Office for The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China.

Keilhauser was the Best Furniture System with the Hangout Collection by EOOS and Best Residential Interiors went to the Photographer’s Loft in New York, which was designed by Desai Chia Architecture.

The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center
The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center
The Hangout Collection
The Hangout Collection
Photographer's Loft
Photographer’s Loft

Best Lighting Installation was awarded to CannonDesign and NEUF Architect(e)s with CHUM Passerelle, Montreal. And pushing the boundaries beyond the confines of the office, the Bloomberg SF Tech Hub won for best Experiential Graphic Design.

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CHUM Passarelle
Bloomberg SF Tech Hub
Bloomberg SF Tech Hub

In the category of Environmental Leadership, Michael Green was a winner with his T3 timber building in Minneapolis, a testament to the potential of wood as a more attractive alternative to steel and concrete in large-scale construction.

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T3

And finally, in the category of Social Good, Pierre Bélanger’s Extraction exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale delivered a hard-hitting commentary about Canada’s history of appropriation in a most unusual format.

Extraction - Venice 2016
Extraction – Venice Biennale 2016
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Coming to the World Design Summit in Montreal this October 16-25, Archello’s new ‘How It’s Made’ exhibit will reveal the materials, products and technological innovations behind today’s most imaginative architecture projects in a unique and tangible way.

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This new exhibit draws from Archello’s online How It’s Made series, which features multiple stories around a project coming from the architect to the manufacturer. At the How It’s Made exhibit, you can experience these stories in real life. Alongside a reference project, a sample of each feature material or product used is shown, allowing you to touch, feel and see how it can be directly applied and realized in a built project.

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Carefully curated by materials consultant Jim Salazar and the Archello team, the How It’s Made exhibit travels to top architect and design events around the globe. The exhibit recently featured at the ARCHITECT@WORK Toronto exhibition.

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Next stop will be World Design Summit in Montreal where the How It’s Made exhibit will headline alongside 1000 speakers and 30 key lecturers with an anticipated audience of over 30,000 professionals.

If you have any questions about the exhibit you can contact Tom Kolnaar at tom.kolnaar@archello.com.

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