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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.