Finalists announced for the Surface Design Awards 2019

The shortlist for this year’s Surface Design Awards, includes Zaha Hadid Architects, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan.

The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories, each entry an exemplary example of creative and innovative use of materials and lighting in both interior and exterior schemes. Some projects won nominations across several categories, resulting in 48 finalists.

Entries came from some of the most established architects and designers, as well as rising stars, and the growing international reach of the entrants was evident with projects from Canada, China, Korea and Australia, as well as four entries from the USA. Alongside entries from across Europe and the UK, the many and varied projects provided a thought-provoking and exciting morning of judging.

Key highlights from the shortlist include the Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects which is a finalist in three categories, impressing the judges with its concept, scale, form and composition, it illustrates the ability of ZHA to create astonishing spaces, enhanced by brilliant use of material and light.

A beautifully cedar-clad B&B by Blee Halligan Architects, Five Acre Barn, is a finalist across two categories, as is the impressive new Royal Academy of Music by Ian Ritchie Architects. The simultaneously intimate and grand concert hall prompted judge Paul Edwards to comment,

“I imagine when the lights go down, there would be something quite magical here.”

Impressing and touching was Maggie’s Barts, which is nestled into the grounds of St Bartholomews Hospital. A beacon in the design of centres of care in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects’ is shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category.

Christophe Egret of the project said,

“Maggie’s Barts has this materiality and sensuality to it. It is a lantern in the middle of the hospital – it is really incredible.”

Other finalists include The Diner, a temporary space created under railway arches for Milan Design Week by Rockwell Group, which used printed aluminium and integrated LED lighting to totally transform the dark arches into a vibrant modern take on a classic American restaurant.

The fascinating machined interior finishes at the Blitz Club, by Studio Knack and Simon Vorhammer, drew many comments from the judging panel.

In the housing category brave use of materials was rewarded with a place as a finalist for Walker Bushe Architects’ Blackheath House, on which Christophe Egret remarked,

“Great use of different surfaces, with particularly cool pleated steel”.

Michael Grubb Studio provides two finalists in the Lighting & Surface Exterior section with Arts University Bournemouth and the Black Road Tunnel in London.

The full list of categories and finalists:

Retail Interior
Aesop Flagship Store, Snohetta,  United Kingdom
Brunch with, MM Consulate,  China
Louis Vuitton, Nathan Allan Glass Studios,  China
Salon 64, JaK Studio,  United Kingdom
The Diner, Rockwell Group,  Italy
Tsujiri Chinatown, MIMStudios,  United Kingdom

Retail Exterior
Adidas Flagship, Gensler,  United States of America
Central Cross, BuckleyGreyYeoman,  United Kingdom
Lava Stone Shopfront, STAC Architecture,  United Kingdom
LuluLemon, KSR Architects,  United Kingdom

Public Building Interior
Blitz Club, Studio Knack & Simon Vorhammer,  Germany
Royal Academy of Music, Ian Ritchie Architects,  United Kingdom
Writ in Water, Studio Octopi with Mark Wallinger,  United Kingdom

Public Building Exterior
Church Sel, Meck Architekten,  Germany
Maggie’s Centre St Barts, Steven Holl Architects,  United Kingdom

Commercial Interior
Expensify Office, ZGF Architects & Pure+Freeform,  United States of America
Morpheus Hotel Atrium. Zaha Hadid Architects / Isometrix Lighting Design, China
RYSE Hotel, IVANKA Factory,  Korea
The Minster Building, BuckleyGreyYeoman,  United Kingdom
The Veil, Giles Miller Studio & Orms,  United Kingdom
Urbanest Tower Bridge, Quail,  United Kingdom

Commercial Exterior
Caxton Works, Studio Egret West,  United Kingdom
Five Acre Barn B+B, Blee Halligan Architects,  United Kingdom
Morpheus Hotel, Zaha Hadid Architects / Isometrix Lighting Design, China

Temporary Structure
Altered States, Snarkitecture,  Italy
Asplund Pavilion, MAP Studio,  Italy
Future Space Pavilion, Peter Pichler Architects,  Italy
Look! Look! Look!, Studio Morison,  United Kingdom
TED Theatre, Rockwell Group,  Canada

Sustainable Interior
GEO01, Anya Fennet,  United Kingdom
Le 7 eme Continent, Hors-Studio,  France
SGS Berkeley Green, Hewitt Studios,  United Kingdom

Sustainable Exterior
Cultural Village, Kengo Kuma & Associates,  United States of America
Five Acre Barn B+B, Blee Halligan Architects,  United Kingdom

Light & Surface Interior
Gymbox. Lightivity Lighting Design,  United Kingdom
Morpheus Hotel Atrium, Zaha Hadid Architects / Isometrix Lighting Design, China
Royal Academy of Music, Ian Ritchie Architects,  United Kingdom

Light & Surface Exterior
AUB, Michael Grubb Studio & Design Engine, United Kingdom
Black Prince Road, Michael Grubb Studio,  United Kingdom
Story Wall, ÅF Lighting,  Sweden

Housing Interior
Barbican Mezzanine, Francisco Sutherland Architects,  United Kingdom
Blackheath House, Walker Bushe Architects,  United Kingdom
Powis Cloud, Lily Jencks Studio,  United Kingdom

Housing Exterior
Coate Street, Urban Mesh Design,  United Kingdom
Fijal House, Mole Architects,  United Kingdom
Gasworks, Chris Dyson Architects,  United Kingdom
Georgica Cove, Bates Masi + Architects,  United States of America
The Boiler House, Studio Egret West,  United Kingdom

The Surface Design Awards recognise and celebrate the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design internationally. They take place at the annual Surface Design Show (5-7 February), the UK’s only trade event dedicated to interior and exterior surface materials. Visitors from the architecture & design community discover thousands of surface solutions that range from traditional hand-made products to entirely new, smart materials and the best in sustainable surfaces.

Launched five years ago, the Awards have grown to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm.

The 2019 judging panel was co-chaired by Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West, and Paul Priestman, Chairman at PriestmanGoode. The full panel comprised Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects; James Soane, Director at Project Orange architecture & interior design; Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at future-focused vehicle designers Arrival; Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group; Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus and Roz Barr, Director of Roz Barr Architects. The popularity of the SDS awards are summed up by James Soane of Project Orange,

“(SDAs judging) is a unique opportunity to create a bit of conversation where there isn’t one person trying to defend their scheme or project, and you’re able to bring different things to the table, and actually work through and go back…and looking again is quite nice because you start to appreciate something you might have overlooked. You can come back to something, that perhaps you couldn’t quite put a finger on why you liked it and then you realise why…because they’ve taken chances, and suddenly you’re looking at a project for three things: the lighting, the interior and the exterior.”

Sponsors for the 2019 Awards are Business Design Centre, James Latham and FINSA. Surface Design Show returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington London from the 5-7 February 2019.