We tracked down four past AZ Award winners – El Dorado, Castor, McGregor Goxall and Patkau Architects – to take a look at their most recent projects.
In 2013, this firm from Kansas City, Missouri, earned a Best Residential Architecture win for its Echo Ridge Duplexes. As well, it took home awards of merit for a pedestrian-friendly bridge and the expansion of a century-old brewery. Last year, El Dorado paired with Habitat for Humanity to create a hyper-sustainable prototype home. It promotes energy conservation with inviting outdoor living spaces that encourage residents to spend less time indoors using electricity. eldo.us
Since winning Best Lighting Design last year for the Coil Lamp, the Toronto team has introduced a new line of black lighting, dressed a bridal shop, and launched Cowboy Coffee; the enamel kettles, designed for Umbra Shift, debuted at ICFF in May. castordesign.ca
Our first Best Landscape Design winner, back in 2011, just completed the second phase on the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park in Tasmania. Adjacent to the town’s Museum of Old and New Art, the site curves around Elwick Bay; it features reclaimed seawall piers as seating, and vibrant plantings reflected in a glassy pavilion. mcgregorcoxall.com
In 2012, the Vancouver firm took Best Unbuilt Competition Scheme with its Fallingwater Cottages, and the People’s Choice Award for its sculptural Winnipeg Skating Shelter. The office has a handful of large-scale projects on the boards, including the Polygon Gallery, a photography museum set to break ground in North Vancouver next year. patkau.ca