Inside World Festival of Interiors

Nov 7, 2011
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The winners of the inaugural INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors were announced in Barcelona last week, which saw the best of our Asia-Pacific design ambassadors placed with top honours – clearly distinguishing some the region’s best output this year. Ian Moore Architects brought home the gold in one of the most hotly contended fields of all, the Residential category, for Strelein Warehouse. The win is yet another accolade to add to the studio mantlepiece, confirming that Strelein Warehouse is undeniably one the most highly-regarded Australian projects of the year.

Another Oceanic win was that of Warren and Mahoney in collaboration with Studio Pacific, winners in the Transport category for the new terminal at Wellington International Airport – a project also known as ‘The Rock’. Adhering to a brief that required an ‘edgy’ look and feel for this new branch of public space, connecting three existing buildings under two new copper-clad structures, the design of ‘The Rock’ proves the high calibre of Kiwi interior design and architecture.

Neri & Hu – the Shanghai-based practice behind The Waterhouse at South Bund, which featured in issue 67 of (inside) – was the only practice to take home multiple awards. Winning both the Hotels and Bar & Restaurant categories, Neri & Hu were awarded two-fold thanks to one unified project: The Waterhouse at South Bund. (Their Table No. 1 was awarded Best Bar & Restaurant, though still part of the same property.) And, in the final award to be presented at the festival, The Waterhouse was ultimately crowned the overall winner at the awards, with jurors congratulation the designers’ “daring and provocative vision, executed in incredible detail”.

Yet another win for Asia was in the Offices category, in which Ministry of Design (Singapore) took home top prize for the recent fitout of their own Singapore offices. Pared back and minimal, with a black-and-white colour scheme, the space is designed to avoid hierarchy in order to keep the practice productive – and even features a disco ball in one of the meeting rooms.

The Retail award was given to James Plumb (UK), for the charming and popular fitout of the Hostem shop in London’s Shoreditch. Full of character, yet subtle in its impression, it’s hard not to like the well-considered design and aesthetic presented by this talented design duo – also featured in issue 68 of (inside).

Canadian practice RUF Project took the Culture & Civic award home, winning with a major sport facility in South Africa: the new Football Training Centre in Soweto. The winner in the ‘Display’ field was Dutch practice Opera Amsterdam for the Ceramic Study Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. “With this category we were trying to find one strong idea behind the design – the ability to limit the confusion of too many ideas. This project presented one strong idea and was executed really well from the materials to its function and lighting,” said the judges.

Last, but certainly not least, the Creative Reuse award was swept away by Maltese studio Architecture Project, who adapted a three-storey house into offices and residential space, making great use of a double-helix principle in the design of a new staircase that twists and wraps around to resolve the old building’s irregular floors levels.

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