The Design Museum honors best designs for 2012

The Design Museum announced the winners of its annual Design Awards, to showcase what are considered as “the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world.” Winners were selected by an international jury.

There are seven categories: architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. This year, British studio Barber Osgerby was awarded the overall Design of the Year for the design of the London 2012 Olympic torch.

For architecture, Hopkins Architects was recognized as the best for 2012, cited for the London Velodrome, a 6,000-seat venue for cycling events, built for the Olympics and Paralympics to be held in London later this year. Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy helped with the design of the venue, with the Siberian pine track taking 26 carpenters eight weeks to install.

Earlier, in October, the same was given by the UK Prime Minister the Better Public Building award.

Shortlisted were Zaha Hadid Architects for the Guangzhou Opera House, likened to stalagmites glittering in the dark; Selgascano for the Youth Factory project, a mixed-use venue for the youth; Foster + Partners for the Spaceport America, a new $200 million edifice in the Jornada del Muerto basin; and RO&AD Architects’s Moses Bridge, made out of Accoya wood, and cuts through the water and allows people to walk across it to the opposite bank.

Also shortlisted were Assemble’s Folly for a Flyover, a structure bridging the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12 underpass, to host cultural events; John McAslan + Partners’ The Iron Market, resurrected 19th-century structure in Haiti; David Chipperfield Architects’ Hepworth Wakefield, a new art gallery positioned right by the river Weir; and OMA’s Maggie Centre, a cancer care home in Scotland, which opened last October.

London Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects for the Guangzhou Opera House

RO&AD Architects’s Moses Bridge


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