2019 Awards

The winners of the 2019 Surface Design Awards were announced at a breakfast reception on Thursday 7 February on the last morning of another highly successful Surface Design Show.

Hailing the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe this year’s Awards celebrated a record number of entries.

The stunning new Maggie’s Centre St Barts, in London was announced as the Supreme Winner, capturing the both judges’ hearts and minds.  

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A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including Co-Chair Christophe Egret, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”.

Category winners included the Morpheus Hotel in Macao by Zaha Hadid Architects and Isometrix Lighting Design (Commercial Exterior Surface and Light & Surface Interior); The Veil by regular award-winning practice Giles Miller Studio (Commercial Surface Interior); Writ in Water by Studio Octopi with Mark Wallinger (Public Building Interior); TED Theatre by Rockwell Group (Temporary Structure).

In a tunnel lighting double, Black Prince Road Tunnel in London by Michael Grubb Studio and Story Wall tunnel in Sweden by AF Lighting shared the Light & Surface Exterior category.

Across 13 categories entrants to the Awards comprised a who’s-who in architecture and design from around the world. Zaha Hadid Architects, Michael Grubb Studio, Studio Egret West and Chris Dyson Architects from the UK, Rockwell Group and Steven Holl Architects from the USA, and Kengo Kuma & Associates from Japan were among the shortlist.

The Surface Design Awards recognise and celebrate the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design internationally.