The Bars and Restaurants Category went to Big Small Coffee and Guestroom in China. Project architects Office AIO were able to create what the judges called "a very poetic sense of space." The project consists of two parts: a coffee bar (19 sqm) and a guest room (15 sqm) linked by a courtyard. The intention was to bring serious artisan coffee to their customers in a small space. The judges praised the clear and sensible treatment of location, materials and smart architectural details.
The Ir-On Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand by Hypothesis has won the Hotel Category at INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2017. The designers stripped back the 8-storey building to reveal only beams and pillars to create a raw industrial aesthetic. All guest rooms are decorated in a monochrome colour scheme enhanced by steel structures at various angles. The judges heralded this project for its expressive relationship with its cultural context as well as its inventive re-use of materials.
The Residential Category was claimed by SJB for their Cleveland Rooftop in Sydney Australia. This apartment is a new structure spanning between two original rooftop elements. Internally the apartment is organised around connections to the sky; a number of skylights punctuate the plan, delivering light to the entry lobby, bathrooms and internalised corridor. The private garden is predominantly native, creating an oasis for indigenous birds and insects of the city. The judges commented that this project “finely balances the public and private realm and does so with a high degree of design rigour”.
The nine successful category winners will now go head-to-head on the final day of the event tomorrow to be named World Interior of the Year 2017.
As well as the INSIDE Awards programme, visitors to the festival were able to experience an in-depth talks programme which explored this year’s theme of ‘Performance’, and how the individual relates to interior space and how material, colour, light and sound contribute to creating high performing interiors. Today’s events included discussions between Jaime Oliver, Director of OHLAB/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab and Rossana Hu, Co Founder, Neri & Hu on the topic of designing for collective experience in Religion, Theatre and Civic facilities. Eisuke Tachikawa, Director, Nosigner presented his ideas on seeing interiors through a lens and the world of set design for film. Italian Interior Desiger Fabio Novembre closed the INSIDE Stage with a discussion on design as spectacle and the fluid worlds of art, architecture, design and fashion.
Hi-res images of today's winners can be downloaded here.
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About INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors
Held in Berlin from 15-17 November alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE is where the global design community meets to be inspired by the latest and greatest in global interior design and architecture. Over three days INSIDE shines a spotlight on the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. At INSIDE’s heart is a global awards programme, which will be judged by more than 20 distinguished designers and editors from around the world. Finalists that are shortlisted across nine categories will present their project in person to international judging panels. After a hard-fought battle, one practice will win the ultimate accolade of World Interior of the Year, which will be presented at a Gala Dinner awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 17 November.