2019 CODAawards Highlight the Best Site-Specific Artwork

Let’s hear it for the winners of this year’s CODAawards for international art and design. Dedicated to fostering the commissioned-art economy, CODAworx is an online platform that stands for Col­lab­oration of Design + Art and connects artists, de­sign­ers, and fabricators with potential clients. For the past seven years, the organization has presented the CODAawards, a global competition celebrating the best of these collaborations. This year’s 18-member jury, in­cluding Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen and Hall of Fame members Alexandra Champalimaud, Robin Klehr Avia, and Mark Zeff, reviewed 435 entries from 27 countries, representing nearly $118 million in site-specific commissions. Winners and honorees have been awarded in 10 categories, such as hospitality, liturgical, and transportation. Additionally, two People’s Choice prizes were determined by over 60,000 public votes, almost 10,000 more than last year. Here are the winners.

Photography courtesy of Kris Lin International Design.

Commercial Winner: Kris Lin International Design

At the Dowell Real Estate sales center in Wuhan, China, LED strips illuminate coves that swoop down like a waterfall mid cascade.

Photography courtesy of ARK.

Education Winner: The Quad Student Community at York University by ARK.

Photography by Mark Hadden.

Healthcare Winner: C.F. Møller Architects

An installation of 2,000 handblown glass panels, backlit by LEDs, clad a stairwell wall at the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden.

Photography courtesy of Kris Lin.

Hospitality Winner: Birds Nest by Kris Lin.

Photography by Pace Studio.

Institutional Budget Winner: UNITEDLAB

At the Space of Design and Architecture museum in Hwaseong, South Korea, Cloud Forests, a children’s play installation, is made of painted PVC poles and balloons.

Photography courtesy of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs/Abu Dhabi.

Institutional Winner: Helmick Sculpture


Part of Abu Dhabi’s Founder’s Memorial
visitor center, The Constellation is a portrait of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan rendered in stainless-steel shapes strung on braided aircraft cables.

Photography by Geoff T. Graham.

Landscape Winner: Hess Industries

Broad Reach is composed of a pair of stainless-steel sculptures on grass berms at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, Maryland.

Photography courtesy of Anne Patterson.

Liturgical Winner: Murmuration by Anne Patterson.

Photography by Naaro.

Public Space Winner: Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany

Boolean Operator is a painted-aluminum pavilion in Suzhou, China.



Photography by Francisco Nogueira.

Residential Winner: GG-Loop

Freebooter is an Amsterdam apartment building wrapped in fixed louvers of Western red cedar.

Photography courtesy of MTA.

Transportation Winner: CHORUS by Franz Mayer of Munich.

Photography by Eric Laignel.

People's Choice Winner: American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog by Gensler.

Photography courtesy of ART + COM Studios.

People's Choice Winner: Petalclouds by ART + COM Studios.

> See more from the August 2019 issue of Interior Design

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