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By Kenza van Lerberghe for IROCO Design.


Coinciding with the World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the just-as-popular INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors honors the very best in the international interior design scene with its annual awards competition.

This year's shortlist consisted of 60 nominations from 21 countries in nine different categories: Bars and Restaurants, Display, Hotels, Residential, Retail, Creative Re-use, Offices, Culture and Education, including well-known firms, such as MAKE Architects and a21 Studio.

One of the unifying qualities of this year’s nominations was the concept of “re-use and redesign.”  Many of the recognized projects were not entirely new constructions, but innovative renovations to existing buildings where space and resources are limited. 

It was fascinating to see how entries from around the world differed from continent to continent – bringing different levels to the meaning of good design.

Below we highlight the Asia Pacific nominees…  




Project: MOTT32

Category: Bars & Restaurants

Architect/Designer: JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Location: Hong Kong

Mott32 - Joyce Wang



Project: IDC Space: research and display space for the International Design Centre

Category: Display

Architect/Designer: Singapore University of Technology and Design

Location: Singapore

IDC Space



Project: Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower

Category: Hotels

Architect/Designer: FHAMS Ltd.

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower



Project: Xintiandi Penthouse

Category: Residential

Architect/Designer: JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Location: Shanghai, China

 Xintiandi Penthouse



Project: Sustainable Industries Education Centre - Tonsley Tafe

Category: Creative Re-use

Architect/Designer: MPH Architects

Location: Australia

Tonsley Tafe



Project: Cine Times

Category: Culture

Architect/Designer: One Plus Partnership Limited

Location: Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Cine Times



Project: Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University

Category: Education

Architect/Designer: Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau LTD

Location: Australia

Abedian faculty - Bond University



Other highly commended projects were...


Project: Auriga

Category: Bars & Restaurants


Location: Mumbai, India




Project: The Tent

Category: Hotels

Architect/Designer: a21studio

Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam


The Tent



Project: Camper Showroom/Office

Category: Retail

Architect/Designer: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Location: Shanghai, China

 Camper showroom-office


Camper showroom-office1



So - who won? Hong Kong's own Mott 32 stole the grand prize - not unexpected considering Joyce Wong's talent. Congratulations to Joyce and Team, and also to owners Maximal Concepts.

If you haven't been yet, head down now. The food is as memorable as the interior!


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