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Dossier de presse | no. 661-56
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INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has today announced the best interior designs of 2019 across the categories of Bars & Restaurants, Civic, Culture & Transport, Creative Re-use, Display, Hotels and Residential. The annual awards encompass the best interior designs from the past 12 months from around the globe. The six category winners announced today are:
Bars & Restaurants
Winner: noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. The judges praised the fact that in the new restaurant the ‘architecture serves the interior spaces and puts the food experience centre-stage’. The project challenges conventions by splitting the restaurant’s key functions into separate, yet interconnected areas grouped around the heart of the restaurant: the kitchen. The judges described these as ‘a variety of intimate and homely atmospheres unified by consistent and considered materiality’.
Civic, Culture & Transport
Winner: Cloud of Luster (Himeji City, Japan) by KTX archiLAB. The Cloud of Luster is a unique cloud-shaped wedding chapel with an all-white, minimalistic ceiling free of any technical equipment and supported by round columns with a hyperbolic cone head; with a backlit glass floor for the aisle, leading to a minimalistic altar over the elevated choir.
Winner: LocHal Library (Tilburg, the Netherlands) by Mecanoo architecten. Described by the judges as a ‘true public space’, LocHal library is a former locomotive shed transformed into a new urban living room for the Dutch city of Tilburg. The project provides a space for all ages to read, learn, study, meet and gather and enjoy the unique design featuring historical elements such as the original train tracks as well as new oak and steel additions. The judges also enjoyed Mecanoo architecten’s interventions and commented that the building was ‘thoughtfully designed and yet not over-designed’.
Winner: The Cloud Maze (Shanghai, China) by RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang - a four-metre high installation evoking connections to traditional Chinese paintings as well as resembling the forms of mountains and clouds. Judges commented that “The Cloud Maze balanced two narratives of a translucent maze and the echoes of the mountains in an immersive experience…the forms and display elements were skilfully drafted and enjoyed by all passers-by”.
Winner: Can Bordoy (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) by OHLAB. Judges commented that they “admired the re-use of a run-down but elegant building that retained and respected some of the existing decay, adding new antiquities”, praising the practice for adopting a ‘bold and successful approach for a 5-star hotel experience’. Located in the heart of Palma de Mallorca’s historical centre, the project featured the complete renovation of a more than 500-year-old abandoned building into a hotel celebrating the romanticism and decadence of the existing structure.
Winner: JCA Living Lab (Taipei City, Taiwan) by J.C. Architecture. The judges described the project as ‘A Machine for Green Living: DIY, low-cost and low-tech, yet imaginative in layout, design details and materials as well as being innovative in building and environmental technologies’ which brings ‘multi-sensory, joyful living’. JCA Living Lab has also been branded a ‘laboratory for future living’ by the judges, which through reinventing and upcycling becomes ‘a small agent of change with the potential to become a pilot for future large-scale schemes’.
The six category winners were announced at the end of day two at INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors and a total of ten category winners will then go head-to-head tomorrow to be named World Interior of the Year 2019.
As well as the INSIDE Awards programme, visitors to the festival are able to experience an in-depth talks programme exploring this year’s theme of ‘Flow’, exploring themes such as the flow of ideas, data and time. The speaking programme features international interior designers including Petra Blaisse, Founding Partner and Lead Designer at Inside Outside, Nigel Coates, architect, author and designer and Eva Frach I Gilabert, Director of the Architectural Association.
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The 2019 INSIDE and WAF awards programme received more than 1000 entries for the second year in a row. Architects and designers generated 534 shortlisted entries across 70 countries.
The top 5 countries entering INSIDE 2019 are:
About INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors
Held in Amsterdam from 4-6 December 2019 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 6th December at Beurs van Berlage.
INSIDE is proud to work with headline partners ABB, Busch-Jaeger and Miele.
About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.
WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.
The 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:
- A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘flow’)
- Electronic gallery of all Award entries
- Exhibition area
- Live judging of finalists’ projects
- Architectural tour programme
- Networking and social events including partner fringe events
- Gala Awards Dinner
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme. Delegates have access to both events.
WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.
WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe, and headline partners ABB Busch-Jaeger and Miele.
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