2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Finishes + Surfaces and Facades + Structural

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2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Finishes + Surfaces and Facades + Structural

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams 

Finishes + Surfaces


Krion Solid Surface Material

Krion can be used for a number of applications, including facades, washbasins, countertops, shower columns, and cubicles. It is a nonporous, uniform material, made of one-third organic material (high-quality acrylic resin) and two-thirds natural minerals (alumina). Krion can be joined and thermoformed together to meld curved pieces into one seamlessly smooth surface.

Honorable Mention: 

Paint Shield
Sherwin Williams

The first of its kind, Paint Shield not only inhibits common microbial growth but kills bacteria within two hours of exposure and continues to kill 90 percent of bacteria for up to four years. It eliminates 99 percent of Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces even after repeated contamination. It is also available in 550 colors.

Honorable Mention: 

Studio Moderne: Century Suite
Walker Zanger

Inspired by ’70s glamor, the Century Suite line incorporates design elements rooted in the mid-20th century (hence the name), with glaze colors inspired by iconic California architecture. The simplicity allows for design flexibility as well as longevity.

Facades + Structural


Zip System Stretch Tape
Huber Engineered Woods

Now available in a 10-inch width, this wide tape helps projects with deeper window assemblies. The tape provides speed and ease of application with a single-piece installation solution that stretches in all directions for an air- and water-tight seal.

Honorable Mention: 

Fireshield 285
Kreysler & Associates

Believed to be the first product to pass the stringent NFPA 285 test, this ultra-lightweight fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) cladding system allows architects to create large and high-rise facades of almost any shape, contour, and texture. Plus, the incredibly versatile FRP offers the added bonus of fire safety.

Honorable Mention: 


Fabrik functions like a textile for exterior architecture. It consists of a steel framework that allows materials (including terra-cotta, glass, wood, etc.) to be woven into a flexible architectural mesh. In addition to facades, Fabrik can be used for pavement, roofing, and shade screens.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.