This week we celebrated the 4th annual Archiboo Web Awards at the Royal College of Pathologists in London, designed by Bennetts Associates. We were delighted to be a part of this great celebration, as we have been from the beginning, and have our MD Del Hossain exclusively invited to co-host with Amanda Baillieu was a honour.
The Archiboo Web Awards are all about celebrating the creative use of the Internet to communicate great architecture whether that’s using images, sound, video, words or VR and other immersive technologies which allow us to experience architecture in new ways.
Some of the winners are mentioned in Archiboo’s white paper ‘How to design an award winning website‘ which launched last week, written by Amanda and designed by Mark Ferguson of Very Own Studio. The white paper can be downloaded here.
These are the winners for 2o19
Winner of Best Homepage
Winner of Best Mobile Experience
Gruff Architects – Created by TM
“The winning mobile website gives an instant snapshot of the practice’s design ethos and projects and feels crafted and carefully thought through. Visuals are engaging and the pages flow well with obvious links to other projects.”
Winner of Best Newcomer
Morris+Company – Created by BOB Design
“The winning website was praised for being is awash with colour, textures, patterns and emotion and sending out messages to do with sharing, research and innovation. Other architects can learn much from this site and this practice.”
Best Architectural Photography
Manalo & White – Images by Morgan O’Donovan and other
“The judges described the winning images as strong and emotive, impeccably composed and masterfully lit. The portfolio it has put together is carefully edited to show the different types of projects it has worked on and there’s a warmth to even the most barren of these images which is intriguing, as if those rooms are just waiting to be enjoyed.”
Best Use of Technology
ZHA – Created by Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group
“This winning project pushes the boundaries of virtual reality and its application to the architectural field. It dramatically engages the user and could lead to entirely new methods of designing and testing pointing to an exciting direction for design and collaboration.”
Best Consultants Website
Best Use of Video
UNStudio – Created by UNS & Bwefar & de Boer
“This is an engaging and energetic film that has lovely cinematography with a very light touch, great interviews and very well-structured narrative to include some surprising elements of the story”
Best Use of Social Media
make:good – Created by make:good
“The winner has created a set of channels that genuinely feel completely different to the competition – both in content and design.”
Winner of Best Digital Team
BDP – Created by BDP
“The winner stood out because of its forward thinking approach to digital including listening tools and the use of live digital data to inform their strategy.”
Winner of Best Visual Design
Threefold Architects – Created by Studio Thomas
“The judges said the winning design was calm and inviting and the navigation and overall presentation of content conveyed a rational approach, giving the user a feeling for who the practice is with just the right amount of information”.
Winner of Best Written Content
Walters & Cohen Architects – Created by Lucy Keens
“The judges said this is a people-focused homepage that’s user-friendly with simple navigation that clearly expresses the practice ethos”.
The Alan Davidson Award
The penultimate award is the Alan Davidson Award sponsored by the Alan Davidson Trust and to present it is David Bullock joint managing partner at Hayes Davidson
Squint/Opera – Images by Squint Opera
“The judges praised the playful narrative and the use of illustrative elements together with realistic CG animation that gives a real sense of the spaces. One judge said there is sometimes a danger that this kind of animation can distract you away from what is really important, but that is not the case here.”
Winner of Best Overall Experience
“The winner has used the website to make the practice much more than the sum of the parts, but without over claiming which is clever. It feels playful and experimental and it’s a real treat for the user across all devices and browsers.”
Congratulations to all the winners and to the designers, film makers, writers and photographers whose contribution is so essential to a great website.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year in another equally fabulous new building.
Images from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from Flickr here.
All images by Lily Pagano