Architecture and design studio AL_A honoured as ‘Architects of the Year’

The architectural firm AL_A was awarded the title of ‘Architects of the Year’ at this year’s Iconic Awards. The London-based office founded by the architect Amanda Levete in 2009 succeeded from the very beginning in impressing the experts with fascinating designs, including the modernisation of the Galleries Lafayette in Paris, the V&A Museum in London and the Central Embassy, a shopping mall in Bangkok. The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, completed in 2016, likewise created a sensation.

This year’s ‘Interior Designers of the Year’ award went to the designer duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, who have been creating spectacular projects with their Neri&Hu Design and Research Office for many years, ranging from architecture in space to furniture design. By questioning the traditional use of spaces, things and materials as such and continuously placing them in new contexts, they create uniquely beautiful designs with their typical signature time and again.
And the honorary prize for Architects’ Client of the Year, with which the jury pays tribute to the promotion of a holistic understanding of architecture by a commissioning entity, went to the City of Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie, which opened in 2017, is not merely another concert hall, but a world-class architectural icon of inestimable cultural value. Bringing the project to fruition despite immense delays and huge cost overruns required people with visionary power, courage and stamina, particularly on the part of the client.

In addition to the special prizes, the jury honoured the best works in the ‘Architecture’, ‘Interior’, ‘Product’, ‘Communication’ and ‘Concept’ categories. The German Design Council has published a comprehensive overview of all award winners at

The Iconic Awards — a holistically designed competition under the aegis of the German Design Council — are held annually to recognise exceptional architectural projects and products. The renowned competition also honours personalities and companies that enhance the quality of our living environment in a noteworthy manner with their visionary projects.

The Iconic Awards ceremony will take place on the 4th of October 2016 as part of the 2016 Expo Real trade show at the BMW Welt Exhibition Centre in Munich, Germany.

Iconic Awards

Comprehensively networked: The international competition for architects, designers, the construction sector and industry.
The ICONIC AWARDS are the first neutral international competition for architecture and design that considers the disciplines in their interaction. The whole world of architecture.

Awards are given to visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication in all sectors of architecture, the construction and real estate business and the manufacturing industries. The competition thus highlights the elementary significance of the interaction of individual trades, focussing on the holistic and consistent staging of products in architecture and construction.

German Design Council

The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading centres of expertise for communication and knowledge transfer in design. Currently, more than 280 companies belong to its foundation. The German Design Council was founded on the initiative of the German Bundestag to support and enhance the design expertise of German industry. It pursues a wide range of activities with a single goal: to increase brand value on a sustained basis via the strategic use of design in communication.