From office furniture to plumbing fixtures to skyscrapers, see which green projects won the Green Good Design Awards for 2020

by Brianna Crandall — June 3, 2020 — Innovative green products such as lighting, electronics, floorcoverings, faucets and plumbing fixtures and office furniture, and green buildings such as parking garages, expo centers, libraries, skyscrapers, schools and corporate headquarters were all honored with Green Good Design Awards for 2020. The winning designs were jointly announced by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

For the 2020 special green edition, 100 product design, graphics, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning projects from 20 nations, together with visionary leaders, were awarded Green Good Design Awards. Under the banner “Build A Better World Now,” designs for buildings and products that emphasize the most advanced “green approach” and the most sophisticated methods and technology to make the most positive impact on the environment were cited and awarded.

Teknion’s Tek Booth privacy booth

Teknion’s Tek Booth technology-equipped privacy booth offers short-duration privacy from the open office floor plan, whether for phone/video calls or focused work. Image courtesy Teknion

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, the original Good Design Awards are touted as the oldest and most established awards program for the most innovative and visionary new product design worldwide, celebrating everything from a NASA space ship to a paper clip. In 2019, over 900 new product designs and graphics from over 48 nations were recognized with the distinguished Good Design Award.

This year’s Green Good Design program received hundreds of submissions from over 35 countries. A jury selected 100 new buildings and product designs from 20 nations as a new design direction for an even greater, more heightened awareness to protect the world’s natural resources and the manufacturing and end-user’s growing concerns for a healthy ecology and human environment. Conserve, reuse, retrofit, and recycle are prominent themes running across each awarded new product and building design.

Teknion’s Bene Box modular furnishing system

Teknion’s Bene Box modular furnishing system is comprised of simple building blocks that can become desks, tables, stools, shelving units and more. Image courtesy Teknion

For 2020, awarded buildings, urban plans, and green products hailed from the following nations: Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, SAR, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

More impressive is the list of visionary companies and industrial design firms as well as leading international architecture and landscape architecture offices represented, say the organizers.

Teknion’s Studio TK Freehand multipurpose occasional tables

Teknion’s Studio TK brand was recognized for its Freehand multipurpose occasional tables collection. Image courtesy Teknion

Of interest to facilities managers are such companies as ASSA ABLOY, Offecct AB, Teknion Corporation and TOTO LTD. Specifically, Teknion won awards for its Teknion Bene Box modular furnishing system and its Tek Booth technology-equipped privacy booth. Teknion’s Studio TK brand was recognized for its Freehand multipurpose occasional tables collection, and the company’s Luum Textiles brand for its Tilt Shift sustainable textile collection. For FM-specific information on Teknion’s product offerings, see the company’s FMLink ad.

Among the Green Good Design Awards for 2020 are:

  • 1+1>2 Architects | Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • Achterbosch Architecten | Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture | Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Aidlin Darling Design | San Francisco, California, USA
  • Andrea Ruggiero | New York, New York, USA
  • APLES Green Design and Build | Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Arman Emami | Berlin, Germany
  • Artstage Singapore | Republic of Singapore
  • Ateliers Jean Nouvel| Paris, France
  • Bene | Waldhofen, Austria
  • BNIM | San Diego, California, USA
  • BKSK Architects | New York, New York, USA
  • Borja Huidobro and A4 architects | Santiago, Chile
  • Brainchildren GmbH | | Berlin, Germany
  • CHROF | Manly, New South Wales, Australia
  • Cireco Finland OY. | Tampere, Finland
  • Chang Yong Ter | Republic of Singapore
  • David Hovey Associates Architect | Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Eric Parry Architects | London, United Kingdom
  • Eugeni Quitllet | Barcelona, Spain
  • Foley Designs Private Limited | Bengaluru, India
  • Form4 Architecture | San Francisco, USA
  • Foster + Partners | London, United Kingdom
  • Framery | Tampere, Finland
  • Generali Saxon Land B.V. | London, United Kingdom
  • Grohe AG | Düsseldorf, Germany
  • ISA Internationales Stadtbauatelier | Beijing, China
  • Illu Stration by Mary-Ann Williams | Leidersbach, Germany
  • Iosa Ghini Associati | Bologna, Italy
  • Massimiliano Braconi | Fabrica Di Roma, Italy
  • Jolma Architects Ltd. | Tampere, Finland
  • Lam Soon Singapore Pte Ltd, | Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Latz + Partner Landscape Architects + Urban Planners | Kranzberg, Germany
  • LEVER Architecture | Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects | San Francisco, California, USA
  • Mitchell Giurgola | New York, New York, USA
  • Mcgregor Coxall | Manly, New South Wales, Australia
  • Minarc | Santa Monica, Califirnia, USA
  • Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners | Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Native Trails | San Luis Obispo, California, USA
  • Nardi SpA | Chiampo (VI), Italy
  • Nightingale Corporation | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Noken Porcelanosa Bathrooms | Vila-Real, Spain
  • Offecct AB | Tibro, Sweden
  • OFFICE 52 Architecture | Portland, Oregon, USA
  • OXO International | New York, New York, USA
  • Paul Lukez | Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
  • Peter Kuczia, Kuczia Architects | Osnabrück, Germany
  • Rado Watch Co. Ltd. | Lengnau, Switzerland
  • Raffaello Galiotto | Chiampo (VI), Italy
  • Resilient Power Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Scarabeo Ceramiche srl. | Fabrica Di Roma, Italy
  • Silhouette International Schmied AG | Linz, Austria
  • Street + Garden Furniture Co. | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Studio Designs Limited | Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR
  • Teknion Corporation | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • terrain: integral designs | Munich, Germany
  • Thomas Balsley/SWA Group | New York, New York, USA
  • Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson | London, United Kingdom
  • TOTO LTD. | Tokyo, Japan
  • Touloukian Touloukian | Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Turf Design Studio | Cronulla New South Wales, Australia
  • Türk DemirDöküm Fabrikaları A.Ş. | Bilecik, Turkey
  • Smart Design | New York, New York, USA
  • Studio Ma | Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Studio TK, Clayton | North Carolina, USA
  • UA Community Design Center | Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
  • UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. | Long Island City, New York, USA
  • Vaillant Group Design | Remscheid, Germany
  • Vondom | El Palomar, Spain
  • Wejchert Architects | Dublin, Ireland
  • WEISS/MANFREDI | New York, New York, USA

The 2020 Green 100 awarded building and product designs can be viewed at The Chicago Athenaeum’s website. On July 1, 2020, the Green 100 will be featured in an exhibition: 100% Sustainable: Green Good Design 2020, at The European Centre’s Museum, Athens (74 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Greece), which continues through August. The Green Good Design winners are also featured in an upcoming book entitled GOOD DESIGN 2019-2020, which is published by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.