The Dezeen Awards 2021 sustainability shortlist has been revealed, with 15 projects selected across three new sustainability categories.
All shortlisted projects are listed below, each with a link to a dedicated page on the Dezeen Awards website where you can find more information about each one.
Prizes for sustainable architecture, interiors and design are new for Dezeen Awards this year. Sponsored by Dodds and Shute, these awards will go to projects that strive to reduce their impact on the planet.
The announcement follows the reveal of the architecture shortlist, interiors shortlist, and design shortlist, all of which we published earlier this week. The media shortlist will be published later today and the studio shortlist announced tomorrow.
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Dezeen Awards is once again including a public vote this year. From next week onwards, you can vote for your favourite project or studio to win the public vote award. Look out for more information early next week.
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See the full sustainability longlist below:
› Welcome to the Jungle House, Sydney, Australia, by CplusC Architectural Workshop
› Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center, Kamikatsu, Japan, by Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP
› The Arc at Green School, Bali, Indonesia, by Ibuku
› ciAsa Aqua Bad Cortina, Val Badia, Italy, by Pedevilla Architects
› The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Georgia, USA, by The Miller Hull Partnership
Browse all projects on the sustainable building shortlist page.
› Bermonds Locke, London, UK, by Holloway Li
› MO de Movimiento, Madrid, Spain, by Lucas Muñoz
› Furniture Pavilion S, Shanghai, China, by ROOI Design and Research
› VALO Hotel & Work: New Hybrid Interior Innovation, Helsinki, Finland, by SSA Hotels Oy/VALO Hotel & Work
› Lolita Eipprova, Ljubljana, Slovenia, by Triiije
Browse all projects on the sustainable interior page.
› Honext Material by Honext Material
› Ptacek Home Chunk Line by Ptacek Home
› Common Sands: Forite Tiles by Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni
› Notpla by Superunion
› Alive by The Living
› Aquastor by Zihao Design
Browse all projects on the sustainable design shortlist page.
Imagery of breasts and beakers is combined in this fountain, designed by graduates Lolita Gomez and Blanca Algarra Sanchez based on the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange and currently on display at Milan design week.
The installation, which forms part of the Alcova exhibition, encompasses a fleshy pink, circular bar that serves guests through udder-like siphons and nippled cups.
By suggesting the curves of the female form, the students from Geneva's HEAD design school hope to offer a more abstract reinterpretation of the set from Stanley Kubrick's dystopian film, where men drink drug-laced milk from statues of naked women.
"We decided to do something a little more sensual and organic," Gomez told Dezeen.
"So we worked with the idea of a fountain and the visual of feeding. It incorporates the female body but in a subtle way, so it's more about the shape of the breast and the ritual of taking the milk."
The milk itself is stored in four steel jugs, suspended theatrically in the air above the bar and illuminated by glowing spheres.
From here, it is pumped into spherical beakers and syphoned into hand-turned, ceramic cups, each with a nipple on its underside and illuminated from below by a singular spotlight recessed into the counter.
"We really wanted to design everything down to the glasses," Gomez said. "All the nipples are unique and have different colours and shapes."
This sense of femininity is combined with the clinical visual language of factory farming, evident in the industrial steel jugs and the stools topped with metal tractor seats.
Taken together, this is designed to create the impression of milking the fountain but with almond instead of cow's milk spurting out of the ducts in a comment on the exploitative nature of the dairy industry.
"It's all about this cow-woman comparison," Gomez explained.
Originally designed as part of the students' master's degree in interior architecture, the project is now on display for the first time two years later after continual coronavirus delays.
It forms part of a larger graduate show from the university, curated by French architect India Mahdavi and centred around the theme of iconic interior spaces throughout history, both real and fictional.
At Milan design week, the installation is housed within the wider Alcova exhibition, which takes over different disused buildings across the city.
Elsewhere at the show, Swiss architect Fabien Roy is showcasing a power cut-resilient incubator designed to protect babies in sub-Saharan Africa from hypothermia.
The 2021 Alcova design show is taking place from 4 to 12 September at Via Simone Saint Bon 1 as part of Milan design week 2021.
See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.