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World Interior of the Year 2018: A Lego house, transparent pharmacy and Orient Express train carriage among shortlist

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28-30 November 2018, RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands

LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group
©Iwan Baan

Interloop by Studio Chris Fox
©Studio Chris Fox

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, the leading global interior design and architecture awards programme, has announced the shortlist of 77projects that will compete to be crowned World Interior of the Year 2018.

Projects from across the globe were entered across nine diverse categories, ranging from health and educational buildings to hotels, bars and restaurants, and residential homes. Hosted alongside the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the event attracts more than 2,000 attendees each year for its three days of talks, awards, exhibitions and fringe events.

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Paul Finch, Programme Director of INSIDE World Festival of Interiors commented on this year’s shortlist: “Once again our finalist judges will have a wealth of good interiors to consider, and it will be a treat to listen to the designers present their ideas live to our international juries and delegates. This was a pleasing entry in terms both of geographical spread and range of project types.”

Shortlisted designers reflect the global reach of the awards and include WATG and Wimberly Interiors (Turkey), Genius Loci (Indonesia) BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) and Studio Chris Fox (Australia), Shanwei Weng (China), Beijing.

Fenghemuchen Space Design (China) and Department of Architecture Co (Thailand) were amongst those with the most shortlisted projects. The largest number of projects within the shortlist are based in China (20%), and mainly within the bars and restaurant category, followed by Australia (12%) and Taiwan (9%).

All nominees will present their projects to distinguished international juries that include Nigel Coates, and Lyndon Neri, Neri & Hu, during the Festival to compete for one of the nine INSIDE category awards. Open to all festival attendees, the presentations are followed by a live exchange between the designers and jurors. The overall winner of the ‘World Interior of the Year’ will be announced at an exclusive gala dinner on 30 November at the Beurs van Berlage.

Highlights from this year’s shortlist include:

Danish practice BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group has been shortlisted in Civic, Culture and Transport category for its ‘Lego House’ project in the heart of Billund. A life-size re-creation of the traditional lego brick house, the 23-metre-tall ‘Lego House’ is an immersive experience centre. Twenty-one overlapping blocks are placed like individual buildings, which frames a 2,000 m2 LEGO urban square that is illuminated through the cracks and gaps between the volumes. The central square welcomes locals and visitors to further amenities such as a café, restaurant, LEGO store and conference facilities.

Shortlisted for one of the best creative re-use projects is Nocenco Café by Vietnamese practice VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects). This renovation project includes a café on the rooftop of a 7-floor middle-rise concrete building which has been transformed into a local landmark in the city centre of Vinh City, north of Vietnam. Unlike other post-war buildings in the local area, bamboo has been used extensively throughout the café and to the exterior of the existing building due to its accessibility, weight and durability as a building material.

Australian practice, Studio Chris Fox, has been shortlisted in the Display category for their innovative ‘Interloop’ design, which sits above the main entrance of Wynard station, Sydney. Made from re-used 1930s OTIS escalator treads, the Interloop measures more than 50 metres in length, weighs more than five tonnes, and weaves in 244 wooden treads and four combs from the original escalators.

In another highlight from the Civic, Culture and Transport category WATG and Wimberly Interiors (Turkey) have been shortlisted for their Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express project which features Art Deco interiors. Wimberly Interiors renovated three ultra-luxurious private suites aboard the train. Drawing inspiration from the heritage and style of each of the destinations the train weaves through – Paris, Venice, and Istanbul – Wimberly Interiors has used ornate detailing, hand-beaded embroidery and lavish fabrics to reflect each city’s unique character.

In the retail category, the shortlist includes Waterfrom Design’s ‘Molecure Pharmacy’ in Taiwan. The design is inspired by the original pharmaceutical process of extracting molecules from nature to create healing drugs. The metal, lightweight glass and transparent acrylics are criss-crossed, and straight lines are adopted to build the display racks; similar to the expansion of a molecule – with medicines placed on them, the display racks seem to disappear from the space, while the varied pharmaceutical packaging adds colour to the walls.

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About INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors

Held in Amsterdam from 28-30 November 2018 alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE is where the global design community meets to be inspired by the latest and greatest in global interior design and architecture. Over three days INSIDE shines a spotlight on the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. At INSIDE’s heart is a global awards programme, which will be judged by more than 20 distinguished designers and editors from around the world. Finalists that are shortlisted across nine categories will present their project in person to international judging panels. After a hard fought battle, one practice will win the ultimate accolade of World Interior of the Year, which will be presented at a Gala Dinner awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 30 November held at the prestigious Beurs van Berlage.


Award categories:

Bars and Restaurants

Civic, Culture and Transport

Creative Re-use


Health and Education





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