A three-day event for interior designers and architects, Inside Festival aims at ‘shining the spotlight on the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors’. Over the course of the festival, the top interiors for the year of 2017 were announced.
In the Retail category, WZWX Architecture Group’s ROU by T HAM Concept Store in Taipei, Taiwan, took home the gold. A specialist meat store, ROU by T HAM has created a new typology for the retail experience by turning meat into a precious object. ‘The butcher’s shop is transformed into a sophisticated hygienic environment with a colour palette and choice of materials that creates a soft and warm atmosphere,’ say the judges.
In the Offices category, Heneghan Peng Architects‘ Airbnb European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, walked away with the prize, owing, as the judges put it, to the ‘clarity and richness of the theatre concept, layered horizontally and vertically to enable both intimate and collective social encounters, creating a highly agile working environment both for its current use and future potential re-uses’.
Sydney’s Cleveland Rooftop in Australia received the Inside award for the Residential category. The three-bedroom home celebrates how architecture and landscape can work together in the midst of busy city. ‘The ambition for Cleveland Rooftop was to realise a garden that you happened to live in, rather than an apartment surrounded by greenery. This sky landscape is a retrieval from the bustling city lifestyle, and contributes to the network of inner-city green spaces,’ says Adam Haddow, director of SJB Architects in Sydney and principal architect for the project.
Project architects Office AIO created what the judges called ‘a very poetic sense of space’ in the Big Small Coffee and Guestroom in Beijing, China, making them the winners in the Bars & Restaurants category. Broken up into a coffee bar and a guest room, the small space treats the location in a clear and sensible way while showcasing smart architectural details.
In the Hotels section, Hypothesis stripped back an eight-storey building to create a raw industrial aesthetic, winning the category. With a monochrome colour scheme and a multitude of exposed beams, pillars and steel structures, the Ir-On Hotel is situated in Bangkok, Thailand. The judges expressed their amazement at the hotel’s re-use of materials.
On the subject of re-use, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office‘s The Garage in Beijing won the award for Creative Re-use. A former missile-manufacturing factory, The Garage is now a workshop space with cafes and offices that relies heavily on a concrete and steel aesthetic. Luxuriously textured materials provide a welcoming atmosphere and juxtapose the harsh architecture.
Lastly, winner of both the Display category and the overall winner: Fabricwood by Produce Workshop in Singapore is a ‘clever, innovative installation with a resonance well beyond the brief’, according to the judges. A cavern of plywood, Fabricwood was created for office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller and mimics the look of upholstery.
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