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Best CAD Design Works of 2016

Hey, it’s been a challenging year, hasn’t it? 2016 was a busy year for all of us working with computer-aided design. Demand for multi-talented designers is growing, as new horizons in 3D printing, cloud based CAD, BIM, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are taking over the industry. Why don’t you pause for a minute and relax while enjoying your fellow designers’ projects?

Academy Class is pleased to present you with the best CAD projects from our selection. Get your inspiration for your 2017 wish-list from the top designers in the world:

1. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – the winners of Wallpaper’s Design Awards 2016. They created modular pavilions for the Tuileries Garden, commissioned by Galerie Kreo and Emerige, while outdoor pieces for Kettal and Hay and tables and chairs for Vitra (pictured, above) all married archetypal shapes with a contemporary aesthetic.



2. Isthmus group – won the Best New Zealand Design Award 2016 in Public and Institution spaces category.

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3. Andrew Barrie Lab and Tezuka Architects with their design for Cathedral Grammar School won the Best New Zealand Design Award for 2016. Their work is unique in applying wooden constructions in contemporary architecture.

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4. New Bloomberg Tech Hub in San Francisco designed by IwamotoScott Architecture became the finalist of Innovation by Design 2016 nomination in Branded Environments category.



5. Revolution Precrafted – backed by real estate developer Robbie Antonio, Revolution includes modular homes and pavilions designed by over 30 of the world’s pre-eminent architects and designers, including Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, and Zaha Hadid. The project became the finalist of Innovation by Design 2016 awards.



6. Eigen Huis & Intrieur pavilion – EH&I is a leading Dutch magazine about architecture and interior design, so when it welcomes people into its own spaces, it needs to make a splash. For this year’s annual design fair at RAI Amsterdam, the magazine turned to i29 interior architects to design a pavilion that helps sum up what EH&I stands for.



7. Harry’s Newsstand at Grand Central – drawing inspiration from classic 1920s and 1930s newsstands, the men’s e-commerce company Harry’s aimed to give one of the oldest forms of pop-up shops a modern twist. In New York’s Grand Central Station, Harry’s built its own modern version of the newsstand, to promote its men’s grooming products during the Christmas shopping period. The design has been nominated for Innovation by Design award.



8. Collingridge & Smith Architects UK Ltd designed the Chrysalis Early Learning Centre. Their project has been nominated in Best Design Awards 2016 in New Zealand under the healthcare category.

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9. Fearon Hay Architects 13 design for Faraday Street Studio has won Best Design Award 2016 in the offices and workplaces category of New Zealand.



10. Creation Lab has won the Innovation by Design 2016 award. To help Nike celebrate football in South American, R/GA Buenos Aires created an interactive experience to capture the literal art of the support. The Creation Lab used multiple 180-degree cameras to capture participants playing football, which was then abstracted into colourful digital videos that could be shared on social media, emphasising their own unique and idiosyncratic moves.



Comment below and nominate what YOU think to be the best project of 2016.