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Minimalist Designs Reign in 2012 AIA UK Design Awards

For this year’s AIA U.K. Excellence in Design Awards, the line you don’t draw is more important than the one you do.

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Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: Student Accommodations for Somerville College at the University of Oxford, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects. Image courtesy of Niall McLaughlin Architects.

Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: University of the Arts for Central Saint Martin’s Campus at King’s Cross in London, designed by Stanton Williams.  Image courtesy of Hufton+Crow.

Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: Laboratory Building in Basel, Switzerland, designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Image courtesy of Ute Zscharnt, David Chipperfield Architects.

Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: The Rothschild Foundation in Waddesdon, England, designed by Stephen Marshall Architects. Image courtesy of Stephen Marshall Architects.

Design Excellence Award Commendation

Design Excellence Award Commendation: The Junction Arts and Civic Centre in Goole, England, designed by Henley Halebrown Rorrison . Image courtesy of Henley Halebrown Rorrison.

Design Excellence Award Commendation

Design Excellence Award Commendation: White Cube Bermondsey in London, designed by Casper Mueller Kneer. Image courtesy of Paul Riddle.

Design Excellence Award Commendation

Design Excellence Award Commendation: The Angel Building in London, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image courtesy of Tim Soar, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Design Excellence Award Commendation

Design Excellence Award Commendation: British Film Institute Master Film Store in Warwickshire, England, designed by Edward Cullinan Architects. Image courtesy of Edmund Sumner, British Film Institute.

Civic Commendation

Civic Commendation: Peace Bridge in Derry, designed by Wilkinson Eyre.  Image courtesy of Agnese Sanvito.

Although this year’s AIA United Kingdom Design Awards competition attracted the most submissions in its 18-year history, award recipients succeeded with a minimum of ornament and elaboration. Simple, strong designs, largely influenced by late-period Modernism carried the day.

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