The winners of the 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards have been announced. Presented this past weekend at a ceremony in London, the LCD Awards are given annually to recognize the success of “museums, art organizations, and cultural destinations from around the world [that] are investing in iconic architecture, cross-sector collaborations, [and] audacious programming […] to diversify the experiences offered to visitors and establish their global reputations.”
This year, awards were presented in four categories: Leading Cultural Destination of the Year; Best New Museum of the Year (for museums opened in the past 15 months); Best Soft Power Destination of the Year (a new award for 2016, given to destination who exhibit 'excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability'); and the Traveller’s Award for Best Place to Visit.
The overall winner for 2016 was Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.
Leading Cultural Destination of the Year
Museum Architecture of the Year: The Broad Museum, Los Angeles / Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Exhibition of the Year: Proportio, at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti
Museum Shop of the Year: Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen
Restaurant of the Year: LouLou, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
Digital Museum of the Year: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Best New Museum of the Year
North America: The Broad Museum, Los Angeles / Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Central and South America: Museu do Amañha (Museum of Tomorrow), Rio De Janeiro / Santiago Calatrava
Asia Pacific: Design Museum Dharavi, India
Best Soft Power Destination of the Year
Best Soft Power Cultural Activation Award: The Cultural Spring, Sunderland
Best Soft Power Cultural Organisation Award: The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Manitoba / Antoine Predock
Best Soft Power Cultural District Award: La Ponte Ecomuséu, Villanueva de Santo Adriano, Spain
Cultural City of the Year: Québec City
Art Hotel of the Year: Durslade Farmhouse, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, England / Laplace, Piet Oudolf
Learn more about the awards here.