2020 Winners of the Architecture MasterPrize Announced

Celebrating the world’s best architecture

The 2020 Architecture MasterPrize has received the largest number of entries since the international architecture award began in 2016, from a broad spectrum of entrants: exciting new talent  to internationally-renowned and important architects at the very top of their game. The standard of the projects entered was truly exceptional and the AMP jury had a challenging task to select the winners from over 1,500 entries.

Credits – Selection of Best of Best Winners (from top left to bottom right): Pirouette Bridge by ATAH, The Home for a Brand New Start by Pone Architecture, The Red Roof by TAA DESIGN, Prague Eyes – Riverfront Revitalization by Petrjanda / Brainwork, Laboratory For Shihlien Biotech Salt Plant by WZWX Architecture Group, Wandering In The Woods –xinmeng · Montessori Kindergarten by L&M Design Lab, From A Ruin To Zero-energy Balance House by FELIX PARTNER Architektur und Design, Outside-in Pavilion by Valerie Schweitzer Architects, Casa Balada by Orlando Comas ASLA.

Celebrating the world’s best architecture, the Architecture MasterPrize is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 edition of this prestigious award, in both professional and student categories. 

Two programs were open this year, celebrating the greatest architectural designs and products of the year:

  • Design of the Year Award
  • Architectural Product Award

The jurors praised this year’s winners for their creativity and exceptional work, revealing that exceptional architectural design goes beyond aesthetics. Hossein Farmani, AMP’s president, commented, “The quality and content of projects entered into this fifth edition of the Architecture MasterPrize was spectacular! This award continues to showcase the best of Architecture from all around the globe. It is an honor to present and reward this fantastic collection of innovative, cutting-edge and inspiring architectural projects.

For each discipline, our jury panel of renowned architects, academics and industry experts chose a single top winner, which received the title “Design of the Year” or ”New Discovery of the Year” for Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Design; or was named our “Architectural Product of the Year”. These were chosen based on the criteria of design excellence and creativity, and the competition was fierce.  

For the first time, this year the jury also awarded a “Best Of Best” distinction to projects which were shortlisted for the Design of the Year titles: 70 projects received this special mention.

The AMP 2020 Winners

DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD

HE ART MUSEUM
by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Architectural Design of the Year 2020

Photo credits: Chen Xiaotie, ©HEM

Located in Shunde, Guangdong, He Art Museum (HEM) is a family established, non-profit art museum designed by Tadao Ando. The design of HEM’s architecture pursues the philosophy of spatial integration, involving geometrical design elements – square and circle – to create a sense of contrast. Highlighted with the world’s first and only double-helix staircase made with slick concrete and spacious innovative exhibition halls in circular structure, it hopes to utilize the space to create multi-dimensional cultural and artistic experiences for art enthusiasts and the local community.

NOCENCO CAFE
by Vo Trong Nghia Co
Interior Design of the Year 2020

Bamboo Cave

This renovation project includes a top-floor café and roof top club and is located in the city center of Vinh city, Vietnam. The challenge was to create an impact on the building by inserting a new structure, using unique and local materials. Through our experience, we know bamboo is easy to access in this tropical climate, which reduces both construction time and budget. In this project, the essence of using bamboo was “lightness”. As bamboo can be lifted up by a few workers and easily transported to the highest floor by a crane.

THAMMASAT URBAN FARM ROOFTOP
by Landprocess
Landscape Design of the Year 2020

As the largest urban rooftop farm in Asia, this 22,000 sq. m green roof is designed to tackle climate impacts, urban heat island and reduce risk in urban flood and drought. This integrative solution at Thammasat, equipped with a solar roof, urban farm, on-site water management, and public spaces, demonstrates how wasted concrete rooftops around the city can contribute more solutions by incorporating modern architecture with a rice terrace landscape. While heavy rain contributes to more risk of urban flood, the cascaded roof can slow down runoff, generate energy and grow food for the campus.

Best of Best Winners Include:

  • 18 Robinson by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Sculptural House by KON design
  • South Haven Centre For Remembrance by SHAPE Architecture
  • Museum Of Contemporary Art Helga De Alvear by Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos
  • No Footprint House (NFH) by A-01
  • White Deer Plain. Mountain Land Home Stay by Huiyimingcheng
  • Puntukurnu Ams Newman Clinic by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture
  • San Sa Village by IILab
  • Casa Mi by Daluz Gonzalez Architekten
  • Kohanceram by Hooba Design Group
  • Laboratory For Shihlien Biotech Salt Plant by WZWX Architecture Group
  • Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum by Atelier Alter Architects

ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD

THINLINE 2500 SLIDING DOOR
by Styline
Architectural Product of the Year 2020

A state-of-the-art sliding system that explores the structural properties of glass, enabling the execution of large glazed areas with the use of minimal profiles. Unlike traditional sliding systems, glass is the THINLINE series structural component. This takes away the need for all unwanted elements that compose a traditional sliding system, by embedding the frame in the walls, floor, and ceiling, enabling an expanded and visually unobstructed perspective. Its 3/4″ vertical profiles keep a consistent, unifying and almost imperceptible connection between panels.

Winners will enjoy extensive publicity, showcasing their designs to a worldwide audience throughout the next year, and their designs will be featured in the AMP Book of Architecture, distributed globally. All Winners will receive the AMP Winner Certificate and Winner Seal, and are now featured on the Winners Gallery on the AMP website.

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About Architecture MasterPrize™(AMP) 

The mission of the AMP is to advance the appreciation of quality architectural design worldwide. Celebrating creativity and innovation in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, the prize is open to submissions on a global level, accepting entries from architects all around the world. 

Winners are selected by the esteemed jury of architects and leaders in the architecture world, and will receive the AMP trophy, extensive publicity showcasing their designs to a worldwide audience, and more. 

The Architecture MasterPrize™ was assembled by the Farmani Group as the sister initiative of the IDA International Design Awards, which has been recognizing and celebrating smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design since 2007. 

 About Farmani Group 

The Farmani Group, established in 1985, is the organizer of International Design Awards (IDA), International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie in Paris, London International Creative Competition, and the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as the world’s most prestigious photography awards. 

The company’s key mission is to discover and promote talent in these areas through competitions, awards, exhibitions, developing artist communities, providing networking opportunities and education.  

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