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    Warehouse turned loft apartment named Australia’s best interior design

    Nathan Johnson

    A former warehouse turned loft apartment in Melbourne’s west has won the 2014 Australian Interior Design Award.

    Loft apartment’, a former butter manufacturing warehouse redeveloped by Adrian Amore Architects, impressed the judging panel with its clever spatial planning and simplistic design; a principle also seen in other winning projects across the award’s twelve categories.

    The Adrian Amore project received the Premier Award for interior design excellence and innovation, as well as the Residential Design award and Best in State (VIC).

    “The spatial planning within the apartment reveals the hand of the designer; a skilful hand that expertly creates and explores volume, plasticity and light, culminating in an interior that is invigorating, sumptuous and liveable,” commented the jury about the Loft apartment.

    In its eleventh year, more than 400 projects were entered in 2014 event—an 11 per cent increase from last year. The jury’s short-list of 148 interior designers was then invited to the Sydney Hilton Hotel for the awards ceremony on 17 May where the prizes were announced.

    Event manager, Jacinta Reedy was impressed with this year’s entrants and highlighted a new direction for interior design in Australia.

    “The jury recognised in these projects new directions in interior design, including clever use of raw materials, a love of simplicity and restrained approach to design,” she said.

    “The pool of winners at this year’s awards represents some of the brightest talents in Australia’s design industry.”

    The awards are co-presented by the Design Institute of Australia, designEX and Artichoke magazine.

    The winners by category:

    Premier Award, Interior Design Excellence and Innovation

    Loft Apartment, West Melbourne, by Adrian Amore Architects (Pictured Below)

     

    Sustainability Advancement Award

    Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar by Hassell (Pictured Below)

     

    Emerging Interior Design Practice Award

    Acme & Co (Pictured Below)
    —Commendation
    Assemble Studio

    Residential Design Award

    Loft Apartment, West Melbourne, by Adrian Amore Architects
    —Commendations
    Black House by Andrew Maynard Architects
    Dollshouse by Edwards Moore
    Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins Architects
    House Maher by Tribe Studio Architects

    Hospitality Design Award

    Industry Beans by Figureground Architecture (Pictured Below)
    Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant by Pascale Gomes-McNabb
    —Commendations
    Ruyi by Hecker Guthrie
    A.Baker by DesignOffice Australia

    Australia Residential Decoration Award

    The Avenue by Arent & Pyke (Pictured Below)
    —Commendation
    Marine Parade Apartment by James Dawson Interiors

     

    Retail Design Award

    Toni & Guy salon, Port Melbourne, by Travis Walton Architecture
    Zumbo Melbourne by Elenberg Fraser (Pictured Below)
    —Commendation
    The Windsor Annex by Hecker Guthrie
    Gallery Funaki by Karen Abernethy Architects
    Qi Master Reflexology by Pinto Tuncer

     

    Workplace Design Award

    Ansarada office by Those Architects and End of Work (Pictured Below)
    —Commendation
    Sustainable Headquarters for Birkenstock Australia by Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)

     

    Public Design Award

    Garangula Gallery by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects (Pictured Below)
    —Commendations
    MacKillop Chapel for Australian Catholic University by Woods Bagot
    The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL Architects in Association
    Walkerville Civic and Community Centre by JPE Design Studio

     

    Installation Design Award

    Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar by Hassell
    —Commendations
    NGV Community Hall by McBride Charles Ryan
    Planet Under Construction (PUC) by Woods Bagot

     

    Best of State Awards for Residential Design

    New South Wales – House Maher by Tribe Studio Architects (Pictured Below)

    Queensland – Marine Parade Apartment by James Dawson Interiors

    Victoria – Loft Apartment, West Melbourne, by Adrian Amore Architects

    Western Australia – CASA31_4 Room House by Caroline Di Costa Architect and Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

     

    Best of State Awards for Commercial Design

    Australian Capital Territor — A. Baker by DesignOffice Australia
    New South Wales – Garangula Gallery by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects

    Queensland – The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL, Architects in Association (Pictured Below)

    South Australia – Walkerville Civic and Community Centre by JPE Design Studio 

    Tasmania – Geeveston Child and Family Centre, Wayraparattee by Liminal Architecture and Liminal Spaces

    Victoria – Industry Beans by Figureground Architecture

    Western Australia – Perth Arena by ARM Architecture & Cameron Chisholm Nicol (Joint Venture Partners) 

    All images courtesy of Australian Interior Design Awards. 

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