Ten Architecture Projects in Running for Beazley Designs of the Year

John Hill
20. October 2020
Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China (All photos courtesy of the Design Museum)

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist for its 13th annual Beazley Designs of the Year, the exhibition and awards celebrating "the most game-changing designs of the  last year ."

The 74 nominated projects announced today fall into six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product, and Transport. Of interest here is the Architecture category, which consists of ten projects (six fewer than last year) ranging from individual buildings and master plans to a full-size house created for a film. The full list is below, with short, teaser descriptions courtesy of the Design Museum.

A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on November 26, 2020. Beazley Designs of the Year is on display from October 21, 2020, to March 28, 2021 at the museum's London home.

Last year's overall Design of the Year was the "Anatomy of an AI System" research project, winner also in the Digital cateogory. In 2018 the honor was given to Forensic Architecture's Counter Investigations, a solo exhibition held in London; although related to architecture, Forensic Architecture's exhibition won in the Digital category. We have to go back one more year to find the last time the winner in the Architecture category was also the overall Design of the Year: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates in partnership with The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroupJJR.

Housing No.8 (Laboratorio de Vivienda) by MOS Architects (Photo: Jamie Navarro)

Goldsmith Street, Norwich
Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
A GREEN SOCIAL-HOUSING SCHEME in Norwich City Centre, England

Housing No.8 (Laboratorio de Vivienda)
MOS Architects
A SET OF PROTOTYPES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING in Apan, Mexico

L’Arbre Blanc
Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and OXO Architectes
A RESIDENTIAL TOWER INSPIRED BY TREES in Montpellier, France

L’Arbre Blanc by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel and OXO Architectes

Leishenshan Hospital
10,000 workers
A HOSPITAL BUILT IN TWELVE DAYS in Wuhan, China

Lin’an History Museum
Amateur Architecture Studio
A MUSEUM BASED ON A LANDSCAPE PAINTING in Lin'an District, Hangzhou, China

Material Institute
Assemble with Material Institute and MONA
A FASHION SCHOOL CREATED BY ARCHITECTS in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

ModSkool
Social Design Collaborative
A SCHOOL BUILT TO BE DISMANTLED in Delhi, India

Parasite set design by Lee Ha Jun

Parasite set design
Lee Ha Jun
A HOUSE BUILT FOR AN OSCAR-WINNING FILM

UCCA Dune Art Museum
OPEN Architecture
A MUSEUM EMBEDDED IN THE DUNES in Qinhuangdao, China

Z33: House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
Francesca Torzo
A CONTEXTUALLY SENSITIVE MUSEUM EXTENSION in Hasselt, Belgium

UCCA Dune Art Museum by OPEN Architecture (Photo: WU Qingshan)
The 2020 Judges:

  • Razia Iqbal, Broadcast Journalist at BBC News (Chair)
  • Edwin Heathcote, Architecture & Design Critic at The Financial Times
  • Matt Jones, Principal Designer at Google AI
  • Dr. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities
  • Samuel Ross, Founder and Creative Director of A-COLD-WALL*
  • Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er
  • Camille Walala, Artist

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