Strong international showing for 2021 as Surface Design Show Awards finalists revealed

Representing the best of material innovation from around the world, the finalists of the Surface Design Show Awards are now disclosed. The judging panel, co-chaired by interior designer Nicola Osborn from Basha-Franklin and engineer Steve Webb of Webb Yates Engineers, selected 31 finalists from over 100 entries that were submitted this year.

Reflecting on the truly international nature of the Awards, entries that made the list of finalists include projects from Germany to Costa Rica and Oman to San Marino. Following on from its success in last year’s Awards, when the Krushi Bhawan building in Bhubaneshwar by Studio Lotus won the Supreme Winner Award, India once again has two entries that made the finalists in 2021. Sustainability was also high on this year’s agenda, with each entry accompanied by a statement and calculation for the carbon footprint of the cladding/materials used.

There was a strong showing in the Light and Surface Interior category with Maida Smiles Dental Clinic by Pedra Silva Architects, Coffey Architects’ Apartment Block, Padmanabham by Ritika Rakhiani, Leucos Wall Light by Andra Munro and Backlit Onyx Staircase by Blee Halligan all making the shortlist. Maggie’s Leeds by Heatherwick Studio // Light Bureau, also in this category, was praised for being, ‘just beautiful and comfortable, which is what it was designed to be’.

Maggie’s Leeds also got a nod in the Light and Surface Exterior category, along with Center Street Parking Garage by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects // International Parking Design (IPD) and 108 Chambers by Woods Bagot, both projects from the USA. The finalists for the Housing Interior category spanned the globe with Alpine Retreat by Galuchat in France and a Beach Home by Hedayat from Egypt alongside two UK projects: Cabin on the Coast by Studio Evans Lane and Bumpers Oast by ACME. The latter was praised by judge Joseph Henry from the Greater London Authority (GLA) as ‘a contemporary interpretation of a historic building that is well detailed and well executed’.

The Bumpers Oast project made an appearance as a finalist in the Housing Exterior category too, alongside two schemes from emerging architectural practice Alexander Owen Architecture. And ACME made it a hat-trick, appearing as a finalist in the Public Realm category for its Marsa Plaza scheme in Oman, along with Sayer Street + The Meadow by Jan Kattein Architects with landscaping by B|D Landscape Architects and lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio.

Denmark’s Folly by KLINK // Rune Bundgaard made the cut in the Temporary Structure category, as did Pune’s Symbiosis University Hospital by IMK Architects in the selection for Public Building Exterior.

Maida Smiles Dental Clinic made the list in the Public Building Interior category while in the Workspaces Exterior category, 40 Beak Street by Stiff+Trevillion Architects was praised by judge Sarah Castle of IF_DO for its use of glazed brickwork, fading from black into blue.

This project is also a finalist in the Commercial Building Exterior award with Nayara Tented Camp by Luxury Frontiers and Manchester’s Express Building by Ben Adams Architects. The shortlist for the best Commercial Building Interior includes Pedra Silva Architects’ Maida Smiles Dental Clinic, Silo Restaurant by Nina+Co Design and Buckley Gray Yeoman’s 77 Coleman Street.

The Workspace Interior category also includes 77 Coleman Street plus ASA HQ by Marco Vanucci and Shell Homage by Rania Elkalla.

The winners of all the Awards, which are sponsored by the Business Design Centre, Mass Concrete and USM will be announced on Thursday 11 February 2021.

Here are the Surface Design Show Awards finalists in full:

Light + Surface Interior

Project Name

Company

Country

Maida Smiles Dental Clinic

Pedra Silva Architects

United Kingdom

Maggie’s Leeds

Heatherwick Studio // Light Bureau

United Kingdom

Apartment Block

Coffey Architects

United Kingdom

Padmanabham

Ritika Rakhiani

India

Leucos Wall Light

Andra Munro

United Kingdom

Backlit Onyx Staircase

Blee Halligan

United Kingdom

Light + Surface Exterior

Project Name

Company

Country

Center Street Parking Garage

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects // International Parking Design (IPD) 

USA

108 Chambers

Woods Bagot

USA

Maggie’s Leeds

Heatherwick Studio // Light Bureau

United Kingdom

Housing Interior

Project Name

Company

Country

Bumpers Oast

ACME

United Kingdom

Alpine Retreat

Galuchat

France

Cabin on the Coast

Studio Evans Lane

United Kingdom

Beach Home

Hedayat

Egypt

Housing Exterior

Project Name

Company

Country

Bumpers Oast

ACME

United Kingdom

Hansler Road

Alexander Owen Architecture

United Kingdom

Amott Road

Alexander Owen Architecture

United Kingdom

Commercial Building Interior

Project Name

Company

Country

77 Coleman Street

Buckley Gray Yeoman

United Kingdom

Maida Smiles Dental Clinic

Pedra Silva Architects

United Kingdom

Silo Restaurant

Nina+Co Design

United Kingdom

Commercial Building Exterior

Project Name

Company

Country

Nayara Tented Camp

Luxury Frontiers

Costa Rica

Express Building (Manchester)

Ben Adams Architects

United Kingdom

40 Beak Street

Stiff+Trevillion Architects

United Kingdom

Public Building Interior

Project Name

Company

Country

Maida Smiles Dental Clinic

Pedra Silva Architects

United Kingdom

Public Building Exterior

Project Name

Company

Country

Symbiosis University Hospital

IMK Architects

India

Workspaces Interior

Project Name

Company

Country

77 Coleman Street

Buckley Gray Yeoman

United Kingdom

ASA HQ

Marco Vanucci

Republic of San Marino

Shell Homage

Rania Elkalla

Germany

Workspaces Exterior

Project Name

Company

Country

40 Beak Street

Stiff+Trevillion Architects

United Kingdom

Public Realm

Project Name

Company

Country

Marsa Plaza

ACME

Oman

Sayer Street + The Meadow

Jan Kattein Architects // Landscape Architect: B|D Landscape Architects // Lighting Designer: Michael Grubb Studio

United Kingdom

Temporary Structure

Project Name

Company

Country

Folly

KLINK // Rune Bundgaard

Denmark