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
Beating¬†over 100 nominees across nine categories, Black Cant System by¬†Shanwei Weng and Jiadie Yuan of Hangzhou-based¬†An Design Studio¬†emerged the top interior project of 2016 at the recently concluded¬†INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, the¬†boutique for¬†fashion label Heike sits on the second storey of a furniture store, hidden from plain sight. Featuring bold, moody and all-grey interiors, the¬†space won for¬†“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,¬†calling to mind a dystopian and raw aesthetic that complements¬†the fashion¬†label.
Besides¬†housing essential¬†retail components such as a fitting room, storage, point of sale and clothing display, a small bar was also integrated within¬†the boutique¬†to create a socialising area.
‚ÄúFaced 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,‚ÄĚ the jury added.
Shanghai-based¬†Neri&Hu Design and Research Office¬†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 to¬†a narrow site.
The Cut,¬†Neri&Hu’s exhibition stand design for Kvadrat’s participation at the Salone del Mobile,¬†emerged top in the Display category for its transformation of a standard furniture fair stand into an¬†experiential space that connects with visitors in unexpected manners.
Mallorca-based practice OHLAB/ Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab¬†also received two accolades. Its irregularly configured¬†Puro Hotel (Hotels), as well as its¬†warm and comforting take on the Emardental Clinic (Health and Education) won the jury¬†over.
Two projects from¬†Sydney, Australia made it to the list. They are¬†Woods Bagot‘s¬†humanistic co-working project, Paramount by The Office Space (Office) and Smart Design Studio‘s work¬†for cultural neighbourhood hub Indigo Slam (Residential).
The other winners of the¬†INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2016 are¬†Studio Lotus for a¬†contemporary reinterpretation of the Baradari City Palace (Creative Re-Use) and¬†De Matos Ryan¬†for its imaginative and¬†sensitively executed¬†York Theatre Royal (Civic, Culture and Transport).
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