Arckit successful in The Red Dot Award

Arckit successful in The Red Dot Award 2015: groundbreaking architectural model system awarded for high design quality.

Arckit wins The Red Dot Award 2015. The freeform architectural design tool from Arckit won over the 38-member jury of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015. With its groundbreaking architectural model system, Arckit proved its design excellence in the most important competition for product design, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The international experts discussed and assessed each of the 4,928 entries from 56 countries. But only the designs that won over the jury with their quality and innovative power were given an award. Arckit succeeded in convincing the jury members, deservedly winning the sought-after Red Dot seal of quality.

Throughout the world and across different industries, Red Dot is seen as the award for high design quality. The international Red Dot jury bestows the sought-after seal of quality only to those products that stand out clearly from comparable entries thanks to their excellent design.

Arckit’s model system uses interconnected modular scaled components that click into place with no glue and can be used to create almost any structure, so architects and enthusiasts can physically explore designs and bring their project to life. This is a RADICAL improvement on traditional ‘cut and glue’ model building techniques, which can be costly, time consuming and inflexible.

Completed models can be finished with realistic surface textures and detailed material patterns such as wood flooring, terracotta tiles, stone walls and shingle aluminium. The system is also compatible with Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, allowing architects to use SketchUp versions of Arckit components to develop 3D computer images of physical Arckit models.

Architect and founder Damien Murtagh says: “I set out to design a fun new method of building architectural models that is easy, quick and reusable. I wanted to be able to build anything, within reason, and for it to BE accessible enough for schools and budding young architects to use as well as professionals. Arckit has exploded in popularity, especially as a tool for teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART,maths) skills in education.

Professor Dr Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award: “For 60 years, the most-respected design experts have been convening every year in Essen to seek out the best designs. This year we had a record number of almost 5,000 entries – a huge amount of work for our jury members, who assessed each individual product, and a special value of the distinction due to the high standard. The laureates of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 have demonstrated exceptionally high achievements and have thus been deservedly successful in the world’s largest design competition.” 

The internationally respected product competition will culminate in the Red Dot Gala in Essen on 29 June 2015. The glamorous award ceremony with more than 1,200 guests will be hosted by Professor Dr Peter Zec in Essen’s Aalto-Theater. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the winners celebrate into the early hours in the midst of award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The winning products are then presented for four weeks in the special exhibition “Design on Stage” before being included in the museum’s permanent exhibition.