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A' Design Awards and Competition 2018 winners announced

Dezeen promotion: the winners of this year's A' Design Award and Competition include a cinema in China and a retreat on a Norwegian fjord.

The annual A' Design Awards aim to recognise the "best products, projects and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity".

In the 2017/2018 edition of the awards, 1,962 winners from 100 countries were recognised in 99 different design disciplines.

The Malangen Family retreat was one of the 1,962 winners in the A' Design Awards. Photo is by Steve King

One of the winners was the Malangen Family retreat on the Malangen peninsula near Tromsø in northern Norway, designed by studio Snorre Stinessen. The house comprises a collection of blocks that each contain one of the cabin's rooms.

The timber house has large windows that provide views across the surrounding forrest and fjord. The majority of the cabin's furnishings, including the dining table, benches, beds, wardrobes and fireplace, were also designed by Stinessen.

Another winner in Norway was Hadar's House, a small coastal residence that over looks the Norwegian Sea and the neighbouring coastal islands.

The timber house is divided into two volumes. Built on a concrete slab on the ground, the first timber box contains the house's entrance and a bathroom. The second box is raised on wooden pillars above a cliff and house's the kitchen, living room and a loft for sleeping.

The Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center Cultural was one of the winners in the architecture, building and structure design category. Photo is by Yaoli

Another winner in the architecture, building and structure design category, the Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center Cultural in northern China was designed by Hejingtang Design Studio.

The Muslin cultural centre, built for a community on the outskirts of Beijing, contains a theatre, exhibition, convention and community centre.

The Impression Nanxi River Multifunctional Hall is one of the Chinese award winners. Photo is by Xu Ninglong

In western China, the Impression Nanxi River Multifunctional Hall, in Yongjia county, was also a winner in the architecture, building and structure design category.

Designed by Ting Wang the hall has a glass facade with steel columns to allow visitors and passers by to observe the activities taking place with the building.

Ajax Law and Virginia Lung's cinema in China was a winner in the interior space, retail and exhibition design category. Photo is by Jiangnan Photography & Ajax Law

Also in China, the Wuhan Wushang Mall Cinema designed by Ajax Law and Virginia Lung of One Plus Partnership was another winner. Claiming an award in the interior space, retail and exhibition design category, the cinema in Wuhan uses 2.8-metre0-diameter steel plates, based on the shape of film reels, to form a giant entrance display.

Inside the cinema's auditorium, the ceilings and walls are lined with small discs made from sound absorbing panels, designed as another reference to film reels.

Zooco Studio's wine shop in Valladolid claimed an award in the interior space, retail and exhibition design category. Photo is by Imágen Subliminal

Another winner in the interior space, retail and exhibition design category is a wine shop in Valladolid, Spain, designed by Zooco Estudio. Called De Vinos Y Viandas, the interior of the wine shop is made from layers of timber screens with arches and circular shapes cut from them.

Bottles are stored in wine racks arranged down either side of the store, while a folding table attached to a central column provides a flexible space that can be used for sales.

All 1,962 winners of the A' Design Awards received a trophy and had their project descriptions translated into 20 languages.

Architects and interior, industrial, product, fashion, communication and service designs can now register to enter the next edition of the awards.

Find out more about the A' Design Award and Competition on its website.