Ten of the most unconventional award-winning Architecture Designs from A’ Design Award 2019

In keeping with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s description of architecture as frozen music, this post is quite literally a playlist of the best architectural designs from 2019.

One of the A’ Design Awards’ most strong categories, Architecture sees a lot of entrants as well as winners from around the globe. We handpicked some of the most beautiful, most intriguing, most inspirational, and definitely the most unique architectural pieces from the A’ Design Award and Competition’s winners list of 2019. Ranging from conceptual designs to residential units, to religious spaces, offices, museums, and retail spaces, the A’ Design Award covers architecture in its entirety, aside from a wide roster of other design categories. Not only does winning an A’ Design Award look great on an architect’s resume, it also brings a lot of repute and focus to the work, uplifting the value of both the designer and the design!

The A’ Design Award is currently accepting entries for the 2020 edition of the award program, so go ahead and give your work and career the push it deserves!

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01. Arbor Arena Parametric Pavilion by Selvagen
Taking inspiration from low-poly structures, the Arbor Arena Pavilion is a neat exploration in parametric architecture that uses a series of triangles to create a geodesic dome shape, complete with windows and even a star-shaped skylight on the top. Designed for a temporary event in 2018, the modular structure is now being rebuilt as a permanent addition to the Botanical Garden in Recife, Brazil.

02. Cohen Chapel by Joaquim Portela
Featured on Yanko Design back in 2016 as the Aurelios Chapel, Joaquim Portela’s chapel design explores something absolutely unique in terms of architecture, leave alone religion-inspired architecture. A chimney-esque detail acts as an abstract steeple on the outside, but in fact works as a skylight, diverting a strong shaft of light into the chapel to beautifully illuminate the altar.

03. Cecilip Facade by Dante Luna G.
Designed as a facade for a plastic surgery clinic, the organic shape of this facade takes inspiration from the undulating curves of human skin. Its reflective nature is designed to be instantly recognizable but also attractive, in a way being a metaphor for what the clinic hopes to achieve for the patients that visit. The facade was made locally and is composed of more than three thousand profiles of stainless steel with mirror finish, each with two pieces cut CNC and armed with 3M structural tape, similar to those used in aviation, on a metal support structure.

04. Volcano Eyes Observation Platform by Jaskó+Vági Építész Kft.
Created using a basic metal framework, and filled with the rocks found in and around the area, this elevated observation platform was made in May 2018 for the Nemrut Volcano Eyes Competition, to help view a 360 degree panoramic view to the Nemrut Volcano’s caldera or crater. An upper part of the structure acts as a platform for viewing the volcano, while the lower half transforms as a shelter for the people who decide to camp or spend the night at the location.

05. Liberty Stadium by Aysan Moosvai and Farzad Saeidi
Designed to be equal parts alluring (from both the top as well as bottom, and from inside and out) as well as lightweight, the Liberty Stadium uses a combination of support structures and tensegrity to create its design. Designed around the popularity and pull of football, the structure relies on being able to create spaces for crowds to navigate easily, preventing bottlenecks and enabling circulation of the public. The project started in October 2018 and finished in January 2019 in Tehran.

06. Old Palapye Museum by Beullah Serema
For the record, this is what I imagine buildings in modern Martian societies will look like. A combination of beautiful indigenous materials like the red rock along with futuristic styles and facades made of glass. The outstanding burnt brick church ruins stand proudly within perimeters of a rich historic site of the 19th century capital of the Bangwato tribe. Built in 1891 by the London Missionary Society, it was later abandoned after the royal King Khama III relocated his capital to another resource-rich site. Designed as a museum to showcase and preserve the past cultures and artifacts, the architect designed a museum and exhibition space by working with the existing ruins, so as to not override them but rather create a new life around them!

07. Wuxi Wanda Mall by WANDACTI and CCI Architecture Design & Consulting Co.,Ltd.
Unusual for combining a rectangular footprint with its flower-esque inspiration, the Wuxi Wanda Mall has a rather unique aesthetic. The design inspiration of the project is derived from the Wuxi city flower “azalea”, and is designed to cover five different theme parks with five azalea petals respectively. The project is located in the main axis of Wuxi cultural tourism city, accommodating for shopping, catering, culture, entertainment and leisure.

08. Casa Ojala House by Beatrice Bonzanigo
The term used to describe Casa Ojala is that it’s a ‘highly flexible house’, which immediately makes it quite an interesting concept in the first place. A sustainable, minimal, compact and flexible product for a new comfort, away from TV or air conditioning, the Casa Ojala blurs the lines between what’s indoors and what’s outdoors. The flexible house has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a single bed, a bathroom, a terrace, a kitchenette and a living room, which can, in fact, be continuously transformed into one another or become a large outdoor platform, a house with no roof or even no floor. “The home becomes a surprise, a game, a theatre, fragrances and gestures. The landscape is its facade”, says Beatrice Bonzanigo. The project was patented in December 2017 in Milan, and was exhibited in Salone del Mobile in April 2019 in Milan.

09. M50 Art Hotel by Yun LU – MUDA-Architects
Built in the musical town of Pingle in Sichuan, the M50 hotel actually abstracts a musical piece and turns it into architecture, pretty much canonizing Goethe’s quote of architecture being like frozen music. The external curved facade mimics the rhythmic movement of music and the bodily sway associated with it while the external curtain wall employs a horizontally subdivided aluminum plate, which closely resembles the texture of bamboo, as a hat tip to Sichuan’s bamboo culture.

10. Sailing Castle Pavilion by Cheng Tsung Feng
Bringing the ship’s sails to land as a strong expression-piece, the Sailing Castle Pavilion is a quaint open space that reacts with its surroundings by billowing with the wind, while remaining static on land. Tapping into the feeling of seeing a fleet of boats and fishermen sailing out to see, or making their journey back to land, the pavilion hopes to create that feeling of awe, at looking at a vast number of sails billowing in the wind together. The interaction among people and the Sailing Castle is a representation of the prosperity of the fishery industry, communal unity, expectation, and joy.

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Office spaces designed to de-stress and bring joy to the workplace!

We spend most of our working hours in our office, and many of us end up spending our week, looking forward to the weekend when you can look at the open skies and be free of the concrete jungle. Thankfully, more and more companies are aware and are working to reward their employees by making them as comfortable as possible, to keep them refreshed and rejuvenated to ensure their success, as they know if the employees are happy, more chances the company will truly succeed. So imagine this, your office building has an area with a lawn for you to walk on, a work booth that helps you and your co-worker cut off from distractions while focusing on productive outcomes or even a nap room, coz you’ve gotta nap when you gotta nap! These offices will inspire you to begin making small changes that will inspire your employees and bring joy to your workplace.

Japanese Studio Happ and 07 Beach’s collaborative design for the Vietnam offices of the tourism company Office E includes green spaces inside the office for the employees to unwind

Selencky Parsons adds cork-lined pod with pegboard walls to its own office with pegboard walls for storing stationery, displaying models and hanging plants

London architect James Whitaker depicts a proposal for a low-cost studio space in Germany comprising a cluster of shipping containers, which are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior at different times of day

Work lounge at Indeed’s Tokyo offices by Specht Architects

Waiting area at the Spreetail offices in Austin by Perkins+Will 

Collaboration and brainstorm space at the Diageo offices in Singapore by M Moser Associates 

This Sydney Office Tower design was conceptualized to appeal to the “millennial worker” that the newly developing district aims to attract – innovators in the creative, technology and finance sectors by the Architectural firm Grimshaw 

David Chipperfield Architects completed office building with “hanging gardens” in Seoul for the Korean beauty giant Amorepacific’s cube-shaped headquarters

Work booths at a confidential Israeli energy company in Tel Aviv by EN Design Studio 

GRT Architects creates New York office with millennial-pink kitchen and dark “nap room” 

Surreal and beautiful, you will want to just dive into this anti reality architectural world

Fantasy meets reality in this beautiful architectural render series on Instagram by anti reality. As the username suggests, these designs balance the fine line of mixing reality and inspirational design. But real or not, these designs make us want to escape into those vibrant colors that evoke joy with the line-based structure adding a level of zen with their parallel design. So take a deep breath and dive into this beautifully exotic world of observatories, summer houses that fill up a triangular pool on the roof to hypnotic underwater scenarios, there is some design that will surely inspire you!

Nature Observatory 

Tropical Villa

Underwater Observatory 

Cabin on the Rocks 

Forest Pavilions 

Water Plaza 

River Cafe 

The Blue House 

Seaside Cafe 

Summer House 

Thermal Bathhouses 

Tiny Home setup’s that prove why microliving will be the next big trend

Sometimes when I get done with my day, there is a moment when I stop and wonder how much simpler life would be if I did not have so many things lying around! As we get more materialistic, we get caught in this cycle of storing and maintaining these possessions by buying more of them. It’s a wicked cycle! Enter the phase of minimal micro-living also known as tiny homes. A simple, elegant place where each belonging has a place for itself and a purpose to it because you simply cannot store anything more than essentials! So from luxury campers, simple caravan style homes or even tree houses, we have a microliving setup to woo you.

Laëtitia Dupé of Tiny House Baluchon is designed for a French couple, this new abode finds itself in the French Alps, offering great views and ample space to live in

School bus turns into an adventure-mobile as converted by Mande and Ben Tucker of Fern the Bus

A45 project is an iteration of the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls with a customizable micro-home that can be built within a rapid time-frame in any location by bjarke ingels group (BIG)

Architect Gerardo Broissin designed a transparent treehouse that floats among the trees and vegetation in a Mexico City backyard

Banjo, unique Tiny Homes, handcrafted in Byron Bay by Little Byron Co

The Ecological Living Module, or EDM comes with a “micro-farming wall” and a roof covered in photovoltaics by Gray Organschi Architecture and Yale’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture

The Hutte Hut Camper by Sprouting Sprocket Studio 

Forest House 02 by Chu Văn Đông of D12 Design 

Droompark Buitenhuizen gives your option of stay in the Netherlands by Tiny Houses Droomparken 

Cabin No.2 designed by Espen Surnevik for PAN Treetop Cabin in Norway 

Ryan Zimmer’s cabin in Sagle, Idaho

Most Buzzed Designs of July 2019

Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in July 2019.

The Shilda building uses the thermal mass of the soil to moderate the internal temperature, where the wine is stored, served and tasted.

The Bugatti Type 103 with a wider base, the grill goes from horse-shoe to practically a parabola shape, almost giving the car a discernible grumpy-face.

The iPhone XI has three independent lenses now reside on the rear of the device, creating the most versatile and immersive photography experience of any phone.

Designed to be the world’s first portable bidet, Sonny is practically the size and shape of a baton, and can be stored anywhere or carried around with you.

The rice is not boiled or heated from the bottom, instead it is blasted with steam (120°C) and this ensures that the rice is cooked in minutes.

The FUELL Fluid E-bike designed by legendary motorcyclist engineer Erik Buell comes with an exceptional 125 mile/200 km range.

The Mygdal light is a completely self-sustaining ecosystem where the plants can grow-undisturbed.

Nick Baker’s work is a testament to the fact that inspiration is everywhere!

A modular dog lead that hopes to make the leash a lot more comfortable both the pet and the pet owner.

Its cocoon-esque design covers your sides and your top, blocking not just vision but also absorbing audio, leaving you in a tranquil bubble as you sleep, read, or work.

Pegboard office setup by Tomek Koszyk.

Designed completely in bamboo, the Luum Temple celebrates sustainable growth

Sitting in the heart of a forest in the beach town of Tulum Mexico, the Luum Temple serves as not just a tranquil spot to meditate and connect with nature, but also as an indication of more sustainable forms of architecture. Amidst Tulum’s rapidly-growing unchecked architectural development, the Luum is an eco-friendly bamboo structure located in a conserved area in a native jungle, within a conservation-minded residential development called Luum Zama.

The temple’s design is highly influenced by parametric architecture, and features five catenary arches made from Bamboo. Designed by CO-LAB Design Office, the temple’s design uses bamboo sustainably grown in the neighboring Chiapas state. Flat sections of bamboo were bent and cold-molded on site, before being shaped into the 5 catenary arches. For structural stability, the designers wove together multiple bamboo beams into a triangular mesh, with a dual-layered woven bamboo lattice on top for further cover. Sitting atop the grand bamboo structure is a canopy of local zacate, or straw thatch, giving the structure protection from heat and even rain.

“Luum Temple is a show case for sustainable development, it combines innovative design and engineering with artisanal building and organic sustainable materials,” explain the architects. “The arched vaults support each other, co-existing in structural dependency, serving as a reminder to the community of our interdependence and the accomplishments we can achieve when we work together.” The Luum Temple, accessible only on foot, will be used as a center for wellness, meditation, tranquility, and for organizing healing programs, yoga workshops, and other community gatherings.

Designer: CO-LAB Design Office

Architectural designs that focus on humans and nature alike!

Vertical Gardens, urban farms, sustainable housing are the terms raging this year. And they should be the rage! Climate change and global warming are afflicting our planet this very minute and every step we take in helping combat this issue, it needs to be taken right away. These architects have found a way to do their bit for the world. These buildings focus on creating a greener space that pays as much attention to humans residing in them as to their plant counterparts.  Check out our collection of eco-friendly products that will help you do your bit in saving the planet.

PARK ROYAL on Pickering Hotel by Woha Architects 

Shilda winery in Kakheti, Georgia by X-Architecture 

The Rebel Residence designed by StudioninedotsDelva 

Off The Grid Office by Stefan Mantu 

The Trudo Vertical Forest in Eindhoven, Netherlands, comes with 125 housing units where each apartment will have a surface area of under 50 sq.m. and the exclusive benefit of 1 tree, 20 shrubs, and over 4 sq.m. of terrace space by Stefano Boeri Architetti for Sint-Trudo

Planar House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis in Porto Feliz, Brazil 

Bert, a conceptual modular treehouse shaped like a tree trunk, with large round windows designed to make it look like the single-eyed character from the film Minions by Studio Precht 

Bamboo nest smart-towers for the future of Paris by Vincent Callebaut 

L’Oasis D’Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) is a 25-meter-high green wall by botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc 

The landscaped A-Frames on the facade of our Hilton Hotel In Hyderabad by Precht 

BIONIC ARCH, A Vertical Forest for the Taichung City Hall by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Mola uses its toyish charm to teach you about architecture and structural integrity

The sheer beauty of Mola is that it isn’t just a toy for children, it’s a tool for architects too! Designed as a way to truly and effectively test out your ideas and concepts without relying on softwares and simulations, Mola is hands-on, exhaustive, and encourages creativity and problem-solving abilities, but more importantly, it’s also fun!

Designed by Brazil-based Marcio Sequiera, Mola comes with a few standard parts that act as the building blocks of architecture. Springs in the Mola kit act as girders, chains act as tensile cables, plate-pieces form walls or floors, and magnets help bind pieces together, whether they’re circular magnets for multiple attachments, or right-angled triangular magnets for allowing structures to retain 90° angles. Piece them together to create structures of your choice (using the grid-base for support as well as reference), and Mola becomes a scaled-down representation of your ideas and creativity. The springs and cables actually let you push and prod at your models to see whether they can take any external pressure without collapsing or breaking apart.

Each Mola kit comes with a base grid, ground-connectors that give your structures stability and a foundation, and a variety of spring-bars, chain-links, plate-units, and magnetic connector pieces. You can even add your own pieces to the mix, or edit the pieces within the Mola kit, using a trimmer tool provided in the box for adjusting the length of the chain-links. Once you’ve got all the pieces ready, Mola gives you the freedom to build your wildest creations, while also being able to test out core architectural concepts like compression, tension, trusses, structural integrity, tensegrity, damage-resistance, and load-bearing capabilities. Disguised in a toy-like avatar, Mola introduces the basic foundation of stable architecture to young enthusiasts, while also proving to be an incredibly useful and powerful prototyping tool for architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, and artists alike!

Designer: Marcio Sequeira

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Mola Structural System

Mola is a learning tool for anyone interested in the structures and buildings that surround us. It’s a modular construction system (scientifically validated) that simulates real structure behavior. The model is composed of different elements, that are connected through magnets, allowing countless combinations.

You can assemble, visualize and feel the structures using your own hands. It is a hands-on activity that can help people to understand abstract concepts in a tangible and concrete manner.

The aim of such study is to develop an intuitive knowledge of structural behavior, which is essencial for architects and engineers, specifically in the early stages of a building design process.

The variety of elements and types of connections allow you to simulate and understand different kinds of structures, from single elements to plane frames, space structures and more complex systems.

The cool thing about Mola is that you don’t need technical knowledge to start studying the structures. The model is compact, versatile and very simple to use. So, it is applicable to both professional and students, as well as anyone interested in the subject.

What You Can Do With Mola3

With this new set of elements, you can explore the world of cable structures and understand different structural concepts. See below some photos from their Mola3 prototypes.

Cable behavior

Stayed systems

Suspension bridges


Cable-net systems

“Form-finding” through hanging chain method

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A London skyscraper is going to get the world’s first 360° infinity pool. Right on its terrace!

Imagine having nothing but the sky in your horizon, clouds above you, and even below you… right in the heart of your city. This isn’t a surreal dream, but is the experience Infinity London hopes to provide, with its 360° infinity pool, located right at the pinnacle of a skyscraper in London. The vision for Infinity London is rather unique. A 600,000 liter infinity pool with an edge-less design on all four ends, giving you a stunning reflection of the sky above you, interrupted by concrete, tiles, or ladders. The pool’s design is absolutely pristine, unblemished by any extraneous element, and all the swimmers will be able to see is the water around them and the sky above them. In fact, the pool’s walls and floor are made from tough, transparent Acrylic too, giving you the impression of swimming in a magical, self-contained block of water.

Conceptualized by Compass Pools, the Infinity London will sit atop a 55-storey hotel in London. Contractors and partners have yet to be confirmed, but construction could begin as early as 2020. While its design is absolutely impressive to look at, it doesn’t come without its fair share of complications… one being the absence of a poolside or a ladder. In an effort to present an unblemished, completely clear pool design, Compass Pools had to relook how swimmers would enter and exit the pool without the presence of a ladder or a poolside. The solution sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. Swimmers enter the pool from its base, via a spiral staircase that opens up like a submarine door to allow you to enter or exit the pool without water spilling out, or without having a detail like a common ladder obstruct the pristine design of the pool. The pool will provide a stunning view of London like never before, allowing you to swim while looking at the city from up above, when you stand at the edge of the pool. Stand in the center, and all you see is the sky above, and a reflection of the sky on the water below you. It truly sounds like a magical experience!

Designer: Compass Pools

Here’s how to live and walk in the clouds

There is far more to successful architecture than how the building looks; for it to accomplish its desired aim it must be congruous with its surroundings whilst simultaneously making a statement of its own – this is exactly what the Cloud House has achieved.

Positioned in the Southern Alps in Queensland, New Zealand, it has been designed to complement the snowy peaks that surround it. It gets its name from the stainless-steel membrane that encases the upper section of the building; not only does this create a visually striking and undeniably unique visual that is reminiscent of clouds, but also provides functional benefits as it performs as a sun diffuser and heater/cooler.

The visually light, cloud-like structure sits upon a harsh, concrete base that cuts into the gentle elevation change of the hillside. This creates a distinct juxtaposition between the two levels and introduces an element of suspense into the building.

Designer: Illya Rastvorov