Archiboo Web Awards – the winners 2019
2 October, 2019
The top award at the 2019 Archiboo Web Awards has been won by young London practice, Gruff Architects.
The prized Best Overall Experience award was presented by Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, after judges praised the practice “for using the website to make the practice much more the sum of its parts but without overclaiming, which is clever. It feels playful and experimental – a real treat for the user across all devices and browsers.”
Gruff also won Best Use of Mobile which judges said gave “an instant snapshot of the practice’s design ethos and feels crafted and carefully thought through”.
The winners are:
Winner – White Arkitekter
Website by Creuna
The judges said this is a “people-focused homepage that’s user-friendly with simple navigation that clearly expresses the practice ethos”.
Best Use of Mobile
Winner – Gruff Architects
Website by TM
Judges said “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 – Morris+Company
Designer – BOB Design
The judges said “the winning website is awash with colour, textures, patterns and emotion, sending out messages to do with sharing, research and innovation. Other architects can learn much from this site and this practice”.
Best Architectural Photography
Winner – Manalo and White
Photographer – Morgan O’ Donovan
The judges said the winning images are “strong and emotive, impeccably controlled and masterfully lit”.
Best Use of Technology
Winner – ZHA Virtual Reality Group
The judges said “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
Winner – Friendly Materials by PMMT
Judges said “the winning website is fresh, graphically clear and beautifully laid out with intuitive navigation and content that feels right for its subject”.
Best Use of Video
Winner – UNStudio
Film by UNStudio and Bwefar & de Boer
The judges said “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
Winner – make:good
The judges said that “the winner has created a set of channels that genuinely feel completely different to the competition – both in content and design”.
Best Digital Team
Winner – BDP
The judges said “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”.
Best Visual Design
Winner – Threefold Architects
Website 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”.
Best Use of Written Content
Winner – Walters & Cohen
The judges liked “the unfussy project descriptions on this site, which contain plenty of helpful facts to do with collaborators, scale, funding and context while the writing throughout is rational and restrained, but with moments of charm”.
Alan Davidson Award
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”.
Images from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from Flickr here.
All images by Lily Pagano
This year’s shortlist is here