Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) by AL_A unveiled as Supreme Winner at Surface Design Awards 2018

The winners of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces.

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon by AL_A was announced Supreme Winner as well as winner of the Public Building Exterior Surface.

The design builds upon Portugal’s rich tradition of craft and ceramics, almost 15,000 three-dimensional crackle glazed tiles articulate the façade and produce a complex surface that gives mutable readings of water, light and shadow. The project was described by Jo Littlefair as “promoting art and architecture just by being there”. Making the win all the more impressive, AL_A were up against spectacular entries from Foster & Partners, Heatherwick Studio and The Manser Project.

In several categories, the best in applied surface design was put forward by a number of brilliant architects and designers including Coffey Architects, Giles Miller Studio and Studio Octopi amongst others.

The Surface Design Awards took place on the 8 February as part of Surface Design Show 2018. The Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surface design, facilitating thousands of innovative and thrilling materials to connect with an audience of architects and designers.

Launched in 2013, Surface Design Awards has grown exponentially in both stature and quality. International growth has been staggering this year with project entries from 16 different countries. 51% of the projects were outside the UK. 13 from China, 7 from Portugal and further entries from Spain, Italy, India, Egypt, Canada, America, Belgium, Lithuania, Taiwan and Hungary. There were 39 entries from the UK, 69% of these being from London. The most popular categories entered were Commercial Interiors and Housing Interiors.

The judging panel of the eleven Award categories was co-chaired by Tina Norden, of Conran and Partners, and Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studioilse, Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London, Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair, Howard Sullivan of YourStudio and Nir Gilad of Nous Design, all of whom are experts in their fields.




Surface Design Awards 2018 – Winners

Project                                                 Location                                   Designer

Commercial Interior Surface

Vanke Day Park Sales Office                          Shenzhen, China                               Zhao Yu

& Culture Exhibition Centre



Commercial Exterior Surface

Friendly Border Apartments                         Lisbon, Portugal                                Maria Ana Vasco Costa for

GAS2 Architects


Light and Surface Interior

Soundscapes                                                      Gistel, Belgium                                   Zumi



Light and Surface Exterior

Beach Hut Monument for Beachy              Eastbourne, UK                                 Stephen Foley

Head Lady



Sustainable Exterior Surface

Valley Villa                                                           Vilnius, Lithuania                              Arches



Public Building  Interior Surface

Science Museum                                              London, UK                                        Coffey Architects



Public Building Exterior Surface

Museum of Art, Architecture                       Lisbon, Portugal                                AL_A

and Technology (MAAT)



House Interior Surface

House 13                                                             London, UK                                         Studio Octopi



Housing Exterior Surface (joint winners)

Presidente Arriaga Building                           Lisbon, Portugal                                Maria Ana Vasco Costa for

STC Arquitectos


John Ruskin Street                                            London, UK                                         David Stanley and Romy



Retail Interior Surface

Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Torino                     Turin, Italy                                           Davide Squariciapino of

Delta Tecno Studio



Temporary Surface

The Bolt                                                                London, UK                                         Giles Miller Studio



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