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Plug-in house and ‘Pussyhat’ shortlisted for Beazley Designs of the Year

A plug-in house, ‘Pussyhat’ and a cottage within a cottage are among 62 nominations vying to be crowned the Beazley Design of the Year 2017.

The awards – announced by the Design Museum and now in their 10th year – celebrate the most outstanding offerings from the worlds of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport from the last 12 months.

London's Design Museum 2017 Beazley Designs Nominee: Croft Lodge Studio, UK, by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design
Nominee for the architecture category: Croft Lodge Studio, Herefordshire, UK, by Kate Darby Architects and David Connor Design. Photography: James Morris

In the architecture category, Mrs Fan’s plug-in house by People’s Architecture Office poses an affordable alternative to the ever-expensive apartments in Beijing. Meanwhile, Kate Darby Architects’ haunting Croft Lodge pushes the limits of adaptive reuse by swallowing the ruins of a 300-year-old cottage (bird’s nest and all).

Also tipped for the gong is Sir David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC; Zaha Hadid Architects’ Antwerp Port House; OMA’s Il Fondaco Tedeschi development in Venice; and Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré’s Lycée Schorge Secondary School.

London's Design Museum 2017 Beazley Designs Nominee: Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects
Nominee for the architecture category: Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photography: Hélène Binet

Nominations across the other categories reflect this year’s growing political turmoil. Among them is the pink Pussyhat worn by protesters in the USA against President Trump; Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum; and a refugee flag.

Pussyhat Project
Nominee for the fashion category: Pussyhat Project

Designs will go on show from 18 October at the Design Museum’s new Kensington HQ, with the winners announced in January.

Read next: Take a tour of the new London Design Museum HQ designed by John Pawson

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