This morning, The Architizer A+ Awards announced the winners of its second-annual architecture awards, a mega-celebration of the most innovative designs from across the globe, including 60+ category winners picked by over 300 judges. While every finalist is worthy of its own article, we were particularly blown away by the winning designs in three specific categories: Architecture + Art, Architecture + Technology, and Architecture + Photography And Video, and decided to highlight both the judges' picks and the popular choice winners.
Project Summary: Behaviours of Light was a temporary installation that uses two projectors to "physically occupy" a sliver of air space, while also using 39 translucent and semi-reflective triangles made of acrylic to sculpt the light and cast geometric shapes into the open air and onto surrounding walls (which were treated with semi-reflective film to really make those forms pop).
Where It Was Originally Located: The Eckhardt Hall at The Winnipeg Art Gallery
Where The Firm Is From: Winnipeg, Canada
Unique Detail About The Work: The sculpted light sort of look like floating manrays
From a concept skyscraper inspired by sea sponges to an structural installation that breathes and whispers as if it were alive, these are the winners from the prestigious competition. Take a look at these structural behemoths, and get some crazy facts about what makes each project so amazing.
Architecture + Art
Jury Pick: The Hylozoic Series by Phillip Beesley Architect
Project Summary: Originally debuting at the Montreal Beaux-Arts Museum in 2007-8, this work is an ever-growing series that's compared to the functions of a living system in which interactive geotextiles are embedded with machinery so that the environment responds to human presence with "breathing, caressing, and swallowing motions." The project has evolved over the past several years (not unlike a living creature!) and has traveled to over 30 different exhibits across the world. The current incarnation is called the Epiphyte Chamber and it includes an interactive lighting system and moving mechanical parts using microprocessors and sensorsWhere Its Currently Located: National Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea.Where The Firm's From: Toronto, CanadaUnique Detail About The Work: The Epiphyte Chamber has delicate canopies made of thousands of digitally-fabricated pieces that whisper at passer-visitors, as if it were a haunted (or animated) room