Surface Design Award Winners

The winners of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces.

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon by AL_A was announced Supreme Winner as well as winner of the Public Building Exterior Surface.

Museum of A, A & T (2)

The design builds upon Portugal’s rich tradition of craft and ceramics, almost 15,000 three-dimensional crackle glazed tiles articulate the façade and produce a complex surface that gives mutable readings of water, light and shadow. The project was described by Jo Littlefair as “promoting art and architecture just by being there”. 

Other winners across the different categories also included Giles Miller Studio, Zhao Yu and Coffey Architects, who Design Insider created a short case study film with last month exploring their project at the Science Museum. Check it out here

Surface Design Awards - The Bolt

The Bolt by Giles Miller Studio

The judging panel of the eleven Award categories was co-chaired by Tina Norden, of Conran and Partners, and Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studioilse, Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London, Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair, Howard Sullivan of YourStudio and Nir Gilad of Nous Design, all of whom are experts in their fields.

Full list of winners:

Project                                                 Location                                   Designer

Commercial Interior Surface

Vanke Day Park Sales Office                          Shenzhen, China                               Zhao Yu & Culture Exhibition Centre

Commercial Exterior Surface

Friendly Border Apartments                         Lisbon, Portugal                                Maria Ana Vasco Costa for GAS2 Architects

Light and Surface Interior

Soundscapes                                                      Gistel, Belgium                                   Zumi

Light and Surface Exterior

Beach Hut Monument for Beachy              Eastbourne, UK                                 Stephen Foley Head Lady

Sustainable Exterior Surface

Valley Villa                                                           Vilnius, Lithuania                              Arches

Public Building  Interior Surface

Science Museum                                              London, UK                                        Coffey Architects

Public Building Exterior Surface

Museum of Art, Architecture                       Lisbon, Portugal                                AL_A and Technology (MAAT)

House Interior Surface

House 13                                                             London, UK                                         Studio Octopi

Housing Exterior Surface (joint winners)

Presidente Arriaga Building                           Lisbon, Portugal                                Maria Ana Vasco Costa for STC Arquitectos

John Ruskin Street                                            London, UK                                         David Stanley and Romy Grabosch

Retail Interior Surface

Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Torino                     Turin, Italy                                           Davide Squariciapino of Delta Tecno Studio                                                     d

Temporary Surface

The Bolt                                                                London, UK                                         Giles Miller Studio


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