A raw fashion boutique with geometric shapes was crowned the World Interior of the Year at the INSIDE Festival of Interiors 2016. Other category winners include a 1950s-inspired diner, a welcoming healthcare facility, an artisanal co-working space and more.
24 November, 2016
BeatingÂ over 100 nominees across nine categories, Black Cant System byÂ Shanwei Weng and Jiadie Yuan of Hangzhou-basedÂ An Design StudioÂ emerged the top interior project of 2016 at the recently concludedÂ INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, theÂ boutique forÂ fashion label Heike sits on the second storey of a furniture store, hidden from plain sight. Featuring bold, moody and all-grey interiors, theÂ space won forÂ “challenging conventional ideas about a retail fashion store”.
“The store brand and architectural image work in harmony, with a sensitivity to surface and details,” commented the jury, which consists of Clive Wilkinson, Jurgen Mayer, Seyhan Ozdemir and Philip Handford.
The material palette is informed by mesh-clad windows, backlit glass panelling, brutalist black steel, dark timber and touches of silver,Â calling to mind a dystopian and raw aesthetic that complementsÂ the fashionÂ label.
BesidesÂ housing essentialÂ retail components such as a fitting room, storage, point of sale and clothing display, a small bar was also integrated withinÂ the boutiqueÂ to create a socialising area.
â€śFaced with a divided space, the designers inserted a black canted cube over the existing central staircase, and effectively absorbed the programmatic elements into a poetic and sculptural whole,â€ť the jury added.
Shanghai-basedÂ Neri&Hu Design and Research OfficeÂ picked up two awards. One of which being its work for Rachel’s Burger, awarded in the Bars and Restaurants category for a skilful integration of internal and external spaces in response toÂ a narrow site.
The Cut,Â Neri&Hu’s exhibition stand design for Kvadrat’s participation at the Salone del Mobile,Â emerged top in the Display category for its transformation of a standard furniture fair stand into anÂ experiential space that connects with visitors in unexpected manners.
Mallorca-based practice OHLAB/ Oliver Hernaiz Architecture LabÂ also received two accolades. Its irregularly configuredÂ Puro Hotel (Hotels), as well as itsÂ warm and comforting take on the Emardental Clinic (Health and Education) won the juryÂ over.
Two projects fromÂ Sydney, Australia made it to the list. They areÂ Woods Bagot‘sÂ humanistic co-working project, Paramount by The Office Space (Office) and Smart Design Studio‘s workÂ for cultural neighbourhood hub Indigo Slam (Residential).
The other winners of theÂ INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2016 areÂ Studio Lotus for aÂ contemporary reinterpretation of the Baradari City Palace (Creative Re-Use) andÂ De Matos RyanÂ for its imaginative andÂ sensitively executedÂ York Theatre Royal (Civic, Culture and Transport).
Click here to read our coverage on the World Architecture Festival 2016.
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