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2013 designs of the year

It was announced by Design Museum in London what are the projects nominated for this year as Designs of the Year 2013. The selection was made in categories of architecture, fashion, transport design, furniture, product, graphic and digital.

The projects at the short list announced will be shown at Design Museum from 20 March to 7 July 2013. Winners from each category and overall winner will be announced this April.

The short list announced for architecture category included:

Clapham Library, London – Designed by Studio Egret West 

This library holdes more than 20,000 books, and besides library function it has 136 private apartments and 44 affordable homes.

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland – Designed by Farshid Moussavi Architects 



Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast – Designed by Hackett Hall McKnight 

The building was completed by Hackett Hall McKnight  in February 2012 and provides performance spaces, art galleries and supporting facilities.

A Room For London – Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner



Kukje Art Center, Seoul – Designed by SO-IL 



Ikea Disobedients – Designed by Andrés Jaque Arquitectos 

This is an architectural performance that reveals how recent architectural practices use performance to engage audiences with architecture in a non-traditional way.

Book Mountain, Spijkenisse – Designed by MVRDV 

This book mountain  is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and a pyramid roof. Corridors and platforms bordering the form are accessed by a network of stairs to allow visitors to browse the tiers of shelves. The structure culminates at a reading room and café at the top  with panoramic views through the transparent roof.

The Shard, London – Designed by Renzo Piano 



Thalia Theatre, Lisbon – Designed by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos & Barbas Lopes  

Built in the 40’s, the sgtructure has been in ruins until Portuguese architects rebuild it. The place is now a space for conferences, exhibitions and events. In order to retain the old walls, the exterior is covered in concrete, while the interior remains in its original condition.

Astley Castle, Warwickshire – Designed by Witherford Watson Mann

In rural Warwickshire, this is a renewal of a ruins castle, now covered in handmade bricks. This was a great reinterpretation of the mixture of the old and the new architectural ideas.


Museum Of Innocence, Istanbul – Designed by Orhan Pamuk with Ihsan Bilgin, Cem Yucel and Gregor Sunder Plassmann

The Museum of Innocence is a book. Pamuk established Museum of Innocence, based on the museum described in the book, exhibiting everyday life and culture in Istanbul during the period in which is based.


Home For All – Designed by Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto, Kumiko Inui and Toyo Ito

Home for All is the proposal to offer housing solutions for all the people who lost their homes in the Japan earthquake, 2011.



Galaxy Soho, Beijing – Designed by Zaha Hadid 



Superkilen, Nørrebro – Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex 

This is a park with one kilometer  in Copenhagen’s city, considered one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in the Danish capital. The project comes as a result of a competition of creating an urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale.

Four Freedoms Park, New York – Designed by Louis Kahn



Rain Room – Designed by Random International 

Rain Room is a field of falling water for visitors to walk through, experiencing how it might feel to control the rain. Bu you will leave dry, as your heart beat is heard and the falling droplets respond to your presence and movement to keep you dry.


For Digital:

Superstitious Fund Project – Designed by Shing Tat Chung 

This creation is a response to research behind superstitions and there effects on the world around us, creating a correlation between superstitions from around the world with financial gain or loss.

Raspberry Pi Computer – Designed by Eben Upton

Affordable and powerful enough to provide excellent multimedia, the design is desirable to children who might not initially be interested in a purely programming-oriented device. This is a creation based on the increasing numbers of children using softwares.

English Hedgerow Plate – Designed by Andrew Tanner and Unanico for Royal Winton

This is the first plate to interface with augmented reality to create an animated world. An application developed by Jason Jameson and James Hall of Unanico group lets users of ios devices watch as birds gains life in a field of butterflies, flowers…

Digital Postcard And Player – Designed by Uniform 

Digital Postcards give digital tracks a low cost physical form, with each postcard represents a unique track. The cards are docked in a Postcard Player and users can control the playback of the tracks by pressing buttons printed on the postcards.

Windows Phone 8 – Designed by Microsoft 

Windows Phone 8 is the second generation of phones from Microsoft and integrates mobile use with excellent Microsoft office functionality.

Gov.uk Website – Designed by Government Digital Service

The new Gov.uk website aims to combine all the UK Government’s websites into a single site.

Zombies, Run! App – Designed by Six to Start

This is a fitness app is an interactive running game. The application is capable of recording the distance, time, pace, and amount of calories burned per running mission via GPS.

Free Universal Construction Kit – Designed by Free Art and Technology Lab

The Free Universal Construction Kit is an online matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that can be 3D printed and allows any piece to join to any other, enabling the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities.

Wind Map – Designed by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Bertini Viegas

 The Wind Map shows the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US using different shades to signify different speeds and directions.


Candles In The Wind – Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer  


Chirp – Designed by Patrick Bergel

Chirp is a new way to share your stuff using sound. Chirp uses sound to using information from one iphone to another enabling you to share photos, webpages, and contacts all from your phones built-in speaker.

Dashilar App – Designed by Nippon Design Centre Inc.

Dashilar is a smart phone app that creates a new and detailed way to look at the Beijing district of Dashilar.

City Tracking pt2 – Designed by Stamen 

As part of a grant from Knight News Foundation, Stamen released original map designs of the world in three original styles: Toner, Watercolor and Terrain.
Light Field Camera – Designed by Lytro 

The Lytro Light Field Camera is the first consumer camera that records the entire light field, instead of a flat 2D image. By capturing the entire light field, it allows the user to refocus the pictures after they take them.


Don’t miss the next news as we will reveal the missing categories.

 “It was announced by Design Museum in London what are the projects nominated for this year as Designs of the Year 2013. Meet the selection here”



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