Ospedale Giovanni XXIII Chapel Unveiled as Supreme Winner at Surface Design Awards 2015

Announced on Thursday 12th February at Surface Design Show 2015, the stunning Ospedale Giovanni XXIII Chapel in Italy has been unveiled as the Supreme Winner at the Surface Design Awards 2015. Designed by Traversi + Traversi Architetti & Aymeric Zublena, the radical design of the uniquely modern chapel created surfaces that were integral to the building and the atmosphere that encompasses it. The chapel was praised by the panel of esteemed judges for its beautiful surfaces that created the perfect spiritual environment for contemplation and meditation. It was also noted as being ‘Simply Stunning’. The Supreme Award is sponsored by RAK Ceramics.


The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. This year 40% of the finalists were projects from outside the UK covering 11 different countries. The highly respected Awards launched in 2013 and have grown both in stature and number of entries. Surface Design Awards 2015 saw an unprecedented number of entries, totalling over 180 – an increase of 62% from 2014.


The Awards were divided into six categories with most categories divided into an exterior and interior section. Each project was judged on a number of criteria which included inventive use of materials and design aesthetics.


The panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting the finalists in each category, each of which was filled with distinctive and exciting projects from across the globe. The range of projects submitted across the categories were both inspiring and thought provoking, rousing a lively discussion between the judging panel which consisted of Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Young, Theresa Dowling of FX Magazine, Nicola Osborn of MoreySmith, Adam Richards of Adam Richards Architects, Annalie Riches of Mikhail Riches, Maria Smith of Studio Weave, Ralph Courtenay of Jonathan Dunn Architects and Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective.


The judges said “The wide variety of surfaces was both stimulating and exciting to judge. We had a fantastic time looking through the entries and after much discussion, we are confident that we have selected a terrific range of international and UK projects that represent the innovative use of surfaces in design”.


The Winners of each category are listed below:


Surface Design Awards 2015


Commercial Exterior Surface – Sponsored by Burlington Stone

For Eloïse – Robert Dawson

Commercial Interior Surface – Sponsored by Burlington Stone

The Buckley Building – Buckley Gray Yeoman

Housing Exterior Surface –Sponsored by Levantina

Kew House – Piercy & Company

Housing Interior Surface – Sponsored by Levantina

Cascade House – Patalab Architecture

Light & Surface ExteriorSponsored by Decolan

The Arts Space – Hewitt Studios

Light & Surface Interior – Sponsored by Decolan

Innovation Corridor – AK Design, Dubai

Public Building Exterior Surface – Sponsored by James Latham

Techno Prisme Storage Depot – Brisac Gonzalez Architects

Public Building Interior Surface – Sponsored by James Latham

Ospedale Giovanni XXIII Chapel – Traversi + Traversi Architetti & Aymeric Zublena

Retail Interior Surface – Sponsored by The Stone Library

Butlers Chocolate Café, T1 – Giles Miller Studio

Temporary Structure – Sponsored by Design Exchange

Box 459 – Andy Ramus


Ospedale Surface Design Awards


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