On September 30, 2022, the 15th IAI Design Awards announced the results of the first round of selection. Designed by Laguarda.Low, the Chengdu Co-Innovation and Cooperation Center was shortlisted from a total of 965 entries.
Emerging from the rigid urban grid of the surrounding blocks, the 150,000 sqm mixed-use project is a striking composition of multiple layers applied to a seemingly endless spiral. The ascending and descending halves of the spiral dance around the block, encircling the site with sensuous undulating forms. The two opposing crescents float around an elliptical oasis like Koi fish passing in a pond. The urban garden created within the crescents is contraposed to surrounding high-rise towers in a whimsical nod to the orthogonal grid in which it resides.
About the IAI Award
Organized by Asia Pacific Designers Federation (APDF), IAI Design Award first started from the Asia-pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix held in 2006. It is the most creative design competition in Asia and has become one of the most influential and prestigious design awards in the world.
The IAI Design Awards include interior design, architectural design, landscape design and intelligent manufacturing design. Among them, intelligent manufacturing includes industrial products, visual communication, fashion, digital media, product concepts, service design and so on. The Awards are given to designers, institutions, and design organizations that have made outstanding contributions to innovative and sustainable design. APDF set up the IAI Design Award in Asia to connect design creativity with business. To promote sustainable economic, environmental, and socio-economic development, and empower urban and industrial development.