In Singapore, the World Architecture Festival and INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors select outstanding architectural and interior design projects
In early October, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) celebrated its seventh edition. Originally launched in Barcelona, this major annual event now draws guests to Singapore. There, architects, designers, companies and related disciplines from all over the world spend three days discussing current developments in architecture. The focus is never solely on aesthetics, but also on the quality and significance of built structures in a wider-ranging sense – a fascinating debate that shines a spotlight on tendencies outside Europe as well. It is thus all the more remarkable that INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors has been taking place simultaneously since 2011. The decision to hold the two events parallel to one another is based on the conviction that interior architecture and design represent crucial aspects of architecture, but – for that very reason – are worthy of appreciation in their own right.
The scope of the most anticipated item on the agenda was thus expanded accordingly: in addition to the World Building Awards, prizes for the most outstanding interiors of the year were presented in Singapore as well. The title of “World Building of the Year” was awarded to a21studio’s “The Chapel” in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The building, which combines various community functions within an inviting and economically prudent space, had previously emerged as the victor in the “Civic & Community” category. The title of “World Interior of the Year” went to the MOTT32 restaurant by Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang Studio, which also won the interiors category “Bars & Restaurants”. Despite the absence of any link with the outdoors, the project in the basement of an eminent bank building succeeds in creating an atmospheric lighting scenography and combines regional design with a timeless industrial aesthetic.
International award winners
Joyce Wang Studio actually had two reasons to celebrate: the firm also won the interior category “Residential” for its Xintiandi Penthouse in Shanghai. Other winners in the interiors segment included the Tama Hotel in Phnom Penh Tower, Cambodia, by FHAMS (“Hotels” category) and studio mk27’s Cultura Bookstore in Sao Paulo (“Retail” category). Amongst the members of the “super jury” for the World Building Awards were Richard Rogers and Peter Cook, whilst the judges of the INSIDE Festival included Rossana Hu of Chinese studio Neri&Hu. The studio will also be the Guests of Honour responsible for creating “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at the coming imm cologne from 19th to 25th January 2015.
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