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Five ZHA/ZHD projects nominated for Architizer A+ Awards

Five projects by Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design have been nominated for the Architizer A+ Awards: Generali Tower, Milan (Office Highrise over 16 floors category); KnitCandela experimental structure at MUAC, Mexico City (Architecture + Concrete category); Kensington Billboard, London (Landscape products category); Cell candleholder collection (Accessories category); and the RE/Form carpet collection for Royal Thai (Carpet category).

Experiencing an exciting renaissance over recent years with enlightened patrons of the city’s art, fashion and architecture, Milan has received the Wallpaper* Design Award for Best City, listing the new Generali Tower’s contribution to an evolving cityscape that combines Milan’s traditional grandeur with innovative contemporary architecture. Generali Tower was also honoured by the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, considered the world's most renowned prize for high-rise architecture. Placing second, Generali Tower was praised by the jury for the highest standards of energy efficiency receiving LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

Installed at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by Zaha Hadid Architects’ computation and design research group (ZHCODE) that pays homage to the architect & engineer Félix Candela—reimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology. Developed at ETH Zurich by the Block Research Group in collaboration with the Chair for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials, as part of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds. KnitCandela was selected People’s Choice at the AZ Awards 2019 in the ‘Temporary & Experiential Installations’ category.

The Kensington billboard was named ‘Best Original Digital Billboard’ at The Digital Outdoor Advertising (DOOH) Awards. Zaha Hadid Design redefined the design language of billboards – providing a unique communications channel that integrates contemporary design and digital media. It has also been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Award 2019 as ‘Digital Transformation Initiative of the Year’.

The Cell candleholder collection by Zaha Hadid Design was awarded ‘Best International Product’ at the Denfair 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. It draws inspiration from the replication and growth of cellular organisms – the individual points, the ‘nuclei’, appears to hover in mid-air and are connected by a reflective landscape. The collection’s varying heights, sizes and palettes of different finishes invite multiplication, reconfiguration and stacking in infinite new ensembles.

The RE/Form carpet collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Royal Thai consists of 22 designs, inspired by four themes that feature prominently in Zaha Hadid’s work: striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes and organic cellular shapes. Patterns within each grouping capture Hadid’s signature use of interweaving, layering and play with light and shadow. Translated into Axminster-loomed and hand-tufted designs, each design represents reconfiguration and transformation—the theme itself a reflection of Royal Thai’s recent reformation. RE/Form is a celebration of Hadid’s legacy and Royal Thai’s passion for inspiration.

Architizer A+ invites the public to vote for their favourite projects through their Popular Choice portal. Voting is open until Friday, July 5th.

Vote for Generali Tower

Vote for KnitCandela

Vote for the Kensington Billboard

Vote for the Cell candleholder collection

Vote for RE/Form carpet collection