Dezeen Awards architecture, interiors and design winning projects revealed

Aguahoja by Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter Group

Studio Tom Emerson and Taller 5, Mediated Matter Group at MIT and Branch Studio Architects have won awards for the best projects of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019.

The announcements were made in front of 250 guests at Ennismore Sessions House in London, where the best established and emerging studios of the year were also revealed.

The overall winners across the sectors of architecture, interiors and design were chosen from the thirty winning projects, which were announced earlier this month.

A shelter for archeologists in Peru, a school office interior in Melbourne based on Italian piazzas and a robotically fabricated structure made from organic matter were selected as this year’s overall project winners.

This year’s three master juries, who met in London in September, chose the winners based on how beautiful, innovative and beneficial they are to people and planet.

The architecture project of the year is A Room for Archeologists and Kids in Peru by Studio Tom Emerson and Taller 5 of PUCP
A Room for Archeologists and Kids is the architecture project of the year. Top image: the project was built in the Peruvian desert

The architecture project of the year, which also won the small building award, was designed and built by 45 architecture students from Zurich and Lima.

Designed by ETH Zurich‘s Studio Tom Emerson and Taller 5 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP), A Room for Archaeologists and Kids has a woven white textile canopy, bamboo cane walls and earthen floors.

The architecture project of the year is A Room for Archeologists and Kids in Peru by Studio Tom Emerson and Taller 5 of PUCP
The shelter for archeologists was designed by students from Zurich and Lima

The pavilion provides shelter for archaeologists in Pachacamac, an archaeological site in Peru that covers around 600 hectares of desert.

The open rectangular structure was designed so that the archeologists’ examinations of artefacts are in view of passing visitors and children from a nearby school.

A Room for Archeologists and Kids is located in Peru's desert
The building shelters archaeologists

The architecture master jury, which consisted of Sou Fujimoto, Lyndon Neri, Kunlé Adeyemi, Sonali Rastogi and Jing Liu, championed the project for its structural preservation and the characteristics of the space.

“This project is a perfect response to an old structure,” said the judges. “The introduction of softer elements creates a surprising and pleasant atmosphere.”

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects is the interior design project of the year

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects has been named interior design project of the year. The project involves the redesign of executive administration offices of a college in Melbourne.

Almost every surface of Piazza Dell’Ufficio, which was also named small workspace interior of the year, has been lined with slim cardboard tubes.

The Australian architecture studio wanted to create an environment that broke down barriers between staff and student interactions.

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects also won small workspace of the year
The interior was designed by Branch Studio Architects

“This aesthetically pleasing space creates a break-out space for busy school life,” said the interior design master jury, which was made up of Ab Rogers, Eva Jiricna, Eero Koivisto, Matali Crasset and Yoko Choy.

“There is a great balance between contemporary, recyclable and affordable materials and colours, creating a warm and calming environment that is suitable for student welfare,” the judges added.

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects also won small workspace of the year
Piazza Dell’Ufficio also won small workspace of the year

The design master jury, which consisted of Philippe Starck, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Yinka Ilori, Aric Chen, Lonny van Ryswyck and Sofia Lagerkvist, selected Aguahoja I by MIT Media Lab‘s Mediated Matter Group as the design project of the year.

Aguahoja I is a digitally designed and robotically fabricated structure made using the molecular components found in tree branches, insect exoskeletons and human bones.

Aguahoja I by Mediated Matter Group has been named design project of the year
Aguahoja I by Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab is the design project of the year

Standing five meters tall, the structure’s flexible bio-composite skin is composed of cellulose, chitosan and pectin, examining how even the materials that we consider waste can inform design.

The project by Neri Oxman’s research and design group, which also the won the award for sustainable design, demonstrates the application of water-based robotic fabrication at a scale close to those of natural ecologies.

Aguahoja I by Mediated Matter Group is digitally designed and robotically fabricated
Aguahoja I was digitally designed and robotically fabricated

“Finding new sustainable materials is an urgent matter,” said the design judges. “Aguahoja I shows how nature can help us to design new materials, highlighting the relationship between nature and technology.”

“It is completely innovative and presents hope for the future,” they added. “The organic material shows huge potential, which could change even how we think about architecture.”

Each winner was presented with a hand-made trophy designed by Atelier NL. All of the category winners were revealed earlier this year.

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