The Saatchi Gallery in London played host to the most distinguished figures in architecture and design at the World Interiors News Annual Awards ceremony on 30 October 2014. Guests from across the globe joined writer, broadcaster and design critic Tom Dyckhoff for the evening, to celebrate the designs that made the biggest impact on the cultural landscape over the past year.
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And the Winners are:
Gamsei by Buero Wagner
This bar interior, designed and executed by Fabian A. Wagner of Buero Wagner with Andreas Kreft, looks for new configurations whilst paying a tribute to the local Bavarian culture and craftsmanship. The result is a new kind of cocktail bar – playful, sharp and bold – and one that provides something novel in terms of relationship between the bartender and drinkers.
Wire Lounge Chair by Overgaard & Dyrman
The Wire Lounge Chair finds inspiration in traditional saddlery and metal work, and challenges the synergy and contrast in the use of materials. It transports traditional craftsmanship into the 21st century with impressive and refined detailing and an amazing shape.
Al Khan Resort by Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)
Inspired by the waves of the sea and the lifestyle of Emirati fisherman, the Al Khan interiors manifest this concept using a sleek and contemporary approach that also uses remnants of the existing building’s fabric.
Soe Cup Series by Hanna Kruse
A minimalist collection of cups made of ceramic compound with multiple lids available. The Soe Cups are functional in their design, creating a special place to store little treasures. They are also truly beautiful and made with care, with a handmade casting and finishing process that means every piece is unique.
Leisure or Entertainment Venues
Nanchang Insun International Cinema by One Plus Partnership Limited
One Plus were inspired by connective elements in the mediums of film and book, using a striking black and white palette to inspire the imagination of those visiting this elegant cinema, telling a meaningful story through their design. The space is unconventional yet coherent, with a strong identity that stands out above and beyond that of traditional cinema design.
Dusk by ByBeau
Designer Beau McClellan of ByBeau has created a magnificent modular lighting system with multiple materials and coatings available, giving the Dusk collection endless possibilities in terms of shape and form. Dusk is simply extraordinary and a beautiful combination of materiality, clean detailing and fine craftsmanship.
Trick by iGuzzini
Winners of the Lighting Products Award for the second year in a row, iGuzzini have developed Trick, an LED light capable of generating spectacular geometrical effects, with a well-defined and punctual shape. Trick is intelligent, versatile and clever; a tool that will be used by designers universally.
Heathrow Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal by StudioFRACTAL & Hoare Lea Lighting
The scheme for Heathrow Terminal 2 goes above and beyond, providing exemplary quality of environment and delivering a great job on a grand scale. With a cohesive lighting strategy, clutter- free installation, intelligent controls and extensive natural lighting, this is set to be the world’s first terminal to achieve an `excellent’ BREEAM rating.
Städel Museum by Licht Kunst Licht AG
195 circular skylights provide a multitude of functions for the Städel Museum, in an incredibly clever scheme that provides for diverse conservational or curatorial requirements. Highly engineered yet seemingly simple, the lighting is intelligent, attractive and perfectly refined.
Museum or Exhibition Spaces
Museum of Old and New Art by Fender Katsalidis
Fender Katsalidis Architects designed the museum as a three level subterranean structure, with raw materiality that extends from the exterior through to the interior. The space reveals art with a sense of exploration and provides visitors with an individual journey of discovery.
Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum by HGA Architects and Engineers
A pure and cohesive design that addresses the intimacy of personal grieving and the shared rituals of commemoration, with contextual sensitivity and attention to materiality. Stunning and beautifully considered, for this year’s judges HGA’s mausoleum simply had everything and was unanimously decided on as an unparalleled winner for this category.
Loft MM by C.T. Architects
A micro-loft, just 3m wide by 25m long and custom-designed for its wheelchair bound inhabitant. Jury member Sally Mackereth of Studio Mackereth commented that this beautiful project ‘sends a message to us all that we have to try harder, because as designers we are faced by constant layer upon layer of rules and regulations and not only have C.T. Architects embraced these, they’ve celebrated them in this sort of immaculate way. I give them huge credit for doing something so accomplished.’
Kinugawa by Gilles & Boissier
Kinugawa embodies the traditional and contemporary soul of Japan with a French touch, with stunning interiors that have been executed in a remarkably unusual way. The design is textural and graphical, with strong attention to intricate details, delivering an extraordinary experience for customers dining there.
Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje by Design by Richard Lindvall
Richard Lindvall has transformed a parking garage into a Polish restaurant and late night bar, sustaining its raw atmosphere but adding touches of warmth with copper elements and photos of the workers on the walls. Nazdrowje is a demonstration of good industrial minimalism, using everything on trend but in an original way; confident and bold, stunning, sharp and sleek.
Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m
Spun by Nick Leith Smith Architecture + Design
Part laboratory, part wonderland, Spun is a sweet shop whose design put a smile on all of the judge’s faces. Fun, fresh and playful, with strong colours and geometric detailing, the store still evokes the hand-crafted aspect of sweet making, telling a story that’s ‘way better than Willy Wonka!’
Relojeria Alemana Born by OHLAB
OHLAB have questioned the concept of luxury, using simple, orthogonal boxes to create a sculptural, abstract and unpredictable environment where things are not what they seem. Stephen Jones of Woods Bagot commented this is a ‘truly innovative project, bringing customers a new perspective on retail and the luxury shopping experience, a one-of-a-kind design that not only reflects the brand but takes it to the next and newest level.’
Retail Interiors Greater than 200 sq. m
Concept Lochristi Store by King George Creative Agency
A journey to the future that also represents the past and Lochristi’s rich history as a horticultural centre, King George’s store design will easily attract customers with its original, beautiful references and clever detailing. This is a unique idea, out of the retail realm, providing an imaginative and playful space with great juxtaposition.
Workspace Interiors Less than 10,000 sq. m
T2 Headquarters by Landini Associates
Respecting and celebrating the detailing of a former industrial warehouse, while creating a dramatic statement to represent the T2 company ethos, Landini Associates have created a space with fantastic blurring of boundaries; encompassing office, tea bar and tea tasting and workshop area. An amazing environment for employees and customers alike that maintains a strong expression of the T2 brand throughout.
Workspace Interiors Greater than 10,000 sq. m
Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects
A connection with nature was instrumental in this workplace design strategy, providing views to the outdoors from virtually any place within the building to create an environment where employees are excited and proud to come to work. The internal landscape of this design pushes boundaries to create an elegant and beautiful workspace on a large scale.
Thank you so much to the hundreds of architects and designers, judges and sponsors who have made the World Interiors News Awards 2014 our most successful awards to date.
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