LSE Student Centre is only UK building in running for Design of the Year

The London School of Economics’ new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is the only UK building to make the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015 shortlist. The faceted red brick building, designed by architect O’Donnell + Tuomey, takes its place in the shortlist alongside buildings from Australia, China, the USA and elsewhere.

The scheme’s design quality has already been recognised with a nomination for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize and the supreme award in the Brick Development Association’s 2014 Brick Awards. Distinctive qualities of the design are the building’s red brickwork and its irregular form, inspired by its confined angular site and location.

The Design Museum’s Designs of the Year shortlist features 76 nominees across the categories of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, products and transport. All the nominees can be seen in an exhibition running at the Design Museum in London from 25 March to 23 August. Winners will be selected for each category later this year and an overall winner will be named.

Other buildings on the architecture list are:

  • Forfatterhuset Kindergarden, in Copenhagen, Denmark, a brick-clad school designed by COBE
  • UC Innovation Center, Santiago, Chile, designed by Elemental
  • La Ultima Esperanza, an architectural school for a fishing community in Manabi, Ecuador, by Al Borde
  • Desert Courtyard House, which is made of soil from the Arizona desert in the USA, designed by Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Areno do Morro, a community sports centre in Brazil, designed by Herzog & De Meuron
  • The Waterbank school campus, which harvests rainwater in Laikipia, Kenya, designed by PitchAfrica
  • Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, designed by Emre Arolat Architects
  • Philharmonic Hall, Szczecin, Poland designed by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga
  • One Central Park, Sydney, Australia, a residential scheme with vertical gardens, designed by Jean Nouvel
  • Markthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands, a scheme with a covered foodmarket at its heart designed by MVRDV
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris, France, designed by Gehry Partners
  • Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China, designed by Atelier Deshaus
  • House for Trees, which tops homes with tree-planting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Garden School, Beijing, China, designed by Open Architecture.

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