London’s Design Museum has announced the nominees in its eighth annual Designs of the Year competition. Covering six categories—architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, products, and transport—the competition recognizes design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice, or captures the spirit of the year. The museum, owned by London-based architect Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, will host an exhibition featuring these entries from March 25 through August 23. Here are some of our top picks from the 76 nominees. 

Architecture

Arena do Morro, designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Mãe Luiza, Brazil.
Herzog & de Meuron Arena do Morro, designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Mãe Luiza, Brazil.


Desert Courtyard House, designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wendell Burnette Architects Desert Courtyard House, designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Gehry Partners, in Paris.
Gehry Architects Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Gehry Partners, in Paris.


Fortfatterhuset Kindergarten, designed by COBE, in Copenhagen.
COBE Fortfatterhuset Kindergarten, designed by COBE, in Copenhagen.


Garden School, designed by Open Architecture, in Beijing.
Open Architecture Garden School, designed by Open Architecture, in Beijing.


House for Trees, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects House for Trees, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Long Museum West Bund, designed by Atelier Deshaus, in Shanghai.
Atelier Deshaus Long Museum West Bund, designed by Atelier Deshaus, in Shanghai.


Markthal Rotterdam, designed by MVRDV, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
MVRDV Markthal Rotterdam, designed by MVRDV, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


One Central Park, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in Sydney.
Ateliers Jean Nouvel One Central Park, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in Sydney.


Philharmonic Hall, designed by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, in Szczecin, Poland.
Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga Philharmonic Hall, designed by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, in Szczecin, Poland.


Sancaklar Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, in Istanbul.
Emre Arolat Architects Sancaklar Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, in Istanbul.


UC Innovation Center, designed by Elemental, in Macul, Chile.
Elemental UC Innovation Center, designed by Elemental, in Macul, Chile.


Waterbank Campus, designed by Pitchafrica, in Laikipia, Kenya.
Pitchafrica Waterbank Campus, designed by Pitchafrica, in Laikipia, Kenya.


Digital

Monument Valley, a video game designed by Ken Wong and programmed by Manesh and Van Le.
Monument Valley Monument Valley, a video game designed by Ken Wong and programmed by Manesh and Van Le.

Graphics

Norwegian banknotes, designed by Snøhetta.
Snøhetta Norwegian banknotes, designed by Snøhetta.

MIT Media Lab identity, designed by Pentagram.

Products



Dragonfly, an asymmetric plastic chair inspired by insects, designed by Floravanti.
Floravanti Dragonfly, an asymmetric plastic chair inspired by insects, designed by Floravanti.


Strap Chair, designed by Stefan Scholten Carole Baijings.
Stefan Scholten Carole Baijings Strap Chair, designed by Stefan Scholten Carole Baijings.


Switch Light, designed by  Joel Hoff.