Zaha Hadid Wins Designs Of The Year 2014

by Cass Art

Zaha Hadid, the architect who designed the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics, was last night crowned the winner of the Designs Of The Year 2014.

The Design Museum hosted the Designs of the Year Awards 2014 at St Martins Lane Hotel, to celebrate the most innovative highlights of their annual exhibition. Writer and jury chair Ekow Eshun announced each category winner, before model Lily Cole took the stage to announce Zaha Hadid as the overall winner from the Architecture category.

Hadid took the stage for the second time that night to graciously accept the award with a humble apology to the audience, “Sorry - me again.”

Her winning Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre resides in Baku, and is a striking and organic architectural triumph. Designed to host art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events, its sweeping roof encases an auditorium, library and museum, and its fluid white form effortlessly surrounds glass-fibre-reinforced concrete panels.

Hadid is the first woman to win the Design Museum’s annual award in its seven-year history.

When describing the project, Hadid said, “It was always my dream to design and build a theoretical project. This was the closest I’ve got to that.”

Category Winners

Digital – The Portable Eye Examination Kit by PeekVision UK won for its “pocket-sized ophthalmology department” – an app and clip-on hardware that has revolutionised eye care, by allowing anyone to capture and transmit images of their eye for assessment at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Pro Chairs
Furniture – Pro Chair Family by Konstantin Grcic, Germany won for the design of its series of chairs that provide comfort, strength and recyclability without compromising on design, material or price.

Drone Shadows
Graphics – Drone Shadows by James Bridle won as a project that makes the impact of UAVs visible at a 1:1 scale – by drawing their shadowed outlines on pavements. Bridle said that his design “isn’t a product, but a framework that other people can take and build.”  

Product – The Seaboard GRAND by Roland Lamb and Hong-Tue Edom won for its ingenious re-imagining of a piano keyboard. Designed to enrich the experience of playing and composing, the instrument uses a responsive surface instead of separate keys.

Fashion – Prada Spring/Summer ’14 Collection by Miuccia Prada won for its combination of colours, textures, shapes and ideas coming together for the perfect women’s wardrobe.  

Transport – XL1 Concept Car by Peter Wouda, Volkswagen won for its futuristic design,  aerodynamic shape and innovative ways to achieve the highest level of performance. 

The Exhibition

70 projects were nominated in categories of architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport.

You can see all the shortlisted projects on show at the Design Museum until 25th August 2014.

Find out more on the Design Museum website here.

Image Credits

Image 1 - Zaha Hadid.

Image 2 - Retinal Imaging by Peek_5, Image courtesy of Peek.

Image 3 - Pro Group, 6 versions, 6 colours.

Image 4 - Drone Shadow, Image Courtsey of Steve Stills.

Image 5 - Seaboard, Ilka Noggler & Franz Thomüller Copyright © 2013 ROLI Ltd. All rights reserved.

Image 6 - PradaDonnaSS2014_31.

Image 7 - VWXL1 2 image courtesy of Volkswagen.

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