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When AZURE launched the AZ Awards back in 2011, more than 600 submissions from 25 countries poured in for consideration. Flash forward to this year — the 10th anniversary of the competition, which honours the best in global architecture, design, concepts and more — and a record 1,200-plus projects from nearly 50 nations were submitted, suggesting just how much the AZ Awards has grown in impact, scope and stature.

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On September 18, the 2020 awards were revealed during a milestone online ceremony studded with appearances by a raft of A&D luminaries. All 20 of this year’s winners — from a stunning hotel/library in rural China to a shapely sofa by Yabu Pushelberg for Molteni&C to a groundbreaking forest tower in Denmark — are detailed in our October issue, as are the 48 Award of Merit recipients and the winners of the People’s Choice Awards. It’s a breathtaking range of work, compiled in a keepsake edition for a watershed year.

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In addition to our AZ Awards roundup, October’s issue includes the sculptural new home of a Czech winery using architecture to promote terroir, British-Ghanaian designer Kusheda Mensah’s buzz-generating modular furniture, and a surf-inspired design scheme for a hip Vancouver taco joint.

ALSO IN THE AZ AWARDS ISSUE:

SPOTLIGHT ON LIGHTING

Electrifying infrastructure, pretty portable lamps, understanding UV, and more

THE HARD FACTS ON SOFT SEATING

A roundup of the best sofas and armchairs for public and private spaces

HITTING THE WALL (AND CEILING)

The latest in metal, wood and textured cladding

The October issue of Azure is available in print and as a digital edition. We want to hear from you — please send any comments about the October issue to [email protected]

The 2020 AZ Awards is presented by JennAir, Keilhauer and Landscape Forms and sponsored by Cosentino and Great Gulf.

The 2020 AZ Awards Gala sponsors are Dark Tools, George Brown School of Design, Improve and Scavolini.

The 2020 AZ Awards Gala Partner is Frontier.

Media Partners: Archello, Archiexpo, Archilovers, Archinect, Archiproducts, [email protected], The Architect’s Newspaper, Architonic, Bustler, Design Week Mexico, Interior Designers of Canada, INDEX Design, Kollectif, v2com newswire and World-Architects.

Out Now: The 10th Annual AZ Awards Issue

From a breathtaking hotel/library in China’s mountainous Tonglu County to a shapely sofa, dazzling lighting fixtures and more, this year’s AZ Awards winners challenge, inspire and awe.

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