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The winners of the DIAs 2011 Interior Design Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Melbourne, rewarding the best of Australian interior design across residential and commercial projects.
Wolveridge Architects Hill Plain House in regional Victoria, a low blackbutt timber home with a palette of rugged materials including steel, concrete and timber, was the recipient of the top prize: the Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation. Inside, the design emphasises craftsmanship, while the dark interior of the home reinforces the residences connection to the landscape outside.
In awarding the Hill Plain House, the jury noted: Use of materials and lighting in the project represent a confident interior design philosophy that achieves regional identity and connection in a fresh and unprecedented way. The home also won the Residential Design category.
A new award, the Sustainability Advancement Award, was also presented to a project in regional Victoria: BVN Architectures Puckapunyal Military Area Chapel. The jury praised the design, saying the chapel highlights how sustainability can be expressed without an explicit eco aesthetic. The projects essential purpose and function also contribute to a deeper notion of social sustainability that is mindful of diverse cultures and beliefs. BVNs project was also the recipient of the Public Design Award.
The Hospitality Design Award was presented to Bates Smart, for the 28-storey Crown Metropol fitout in Melbourne, which features a day spa on level 27 with views over the city. Wilson Architects fitout of their offices in Brisbane won the Corporate Design Award, while the Retail Design category was won by Russell & George, for the Crumpler store fitout in Victoria.
Edwards Moore were the winners in two categories, receiving the Installation Design Award for their Fringe Furniture 2010 exhibition design an undulating landscape made from woodchips that was installed at the substation gallery in Newport, Victoria as well as the Emerging Interior Design Practice Award.
Sydney-based Hare + Klein were awarded the Residential Decoration Award for Federation Revival, while James Russell Architects Home, Small Gallery and Office in Queensland was the winner of the Colour in Residential Design category. Herbert & Masons marquee design, Bleu, installed for the 2010 Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, was the winner of the Colour in Commercial Design Award.
Co-presented by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and trade fair DesignEX, the Interior Design Awards are now in their eighth year. The awards were presented at an industry event on Friday 15 April, coinciding with the end of DesignEX.