See 8 of the many exciting nominees for Designs of the Year 2014 competition

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These nominees have made the final cut: the over-all winner will be announced later in the year.

Architecture

There is a Zaha Hadid cultural centre in Azerbaijan, a Paul Smith store, and a Swedish crematorium.

This floating school in a lagoon outside of Lagos, Nigeria, captures the imagination and is a practical solution for a poor water-based community.

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