At the start of the new year, the editorial team reflects on last year’s INDE.Awards, selecting some projects that deserve another round in the spotlight.
January 13th, 2019
The INDE.Awards are truly the only regionally focused awards program. The Indo-Pacific is diverse – be it climate, or way of life – but upon reflecting on the projects shortlisted in the 2018 INDE.Awards, there is a certain layer of similarity that can be extracted.
Our office environments are adapting. There is a particular focus on the impact of wellness. Our living spaces are going up in ever-more original ways. I can only imagine how difficult it was for the jury to select just one winner and honourable mention from such a unique bunch of work.
Here is a curated selection of outstanding design across multiple typologies, all from the 2018 INDE.Awards shortlist. A common thread among these projects is their ability to defy expectations.
The Wellness Space
Throwing out every expectation of what defines a spa design, the Nimman Spa by Maos Design manages to bring calmness through an intense application of colour. Located in Shanghai, the Nimman Spa is inspired by contemporary Thai design, with the fit-out being informed by subtle cultural appropriations, while the lush greens are reminiscent of the jungle.
The Social Space
This intensely minimalist restaurant fit-out is the work of design newcomers Prevalent. The owner of Susuru wanted to build a strong brand identity and knew that a killer interior would be one of the best ways to do so. Located in Newcastle, Australia, Susuru has turned plenty of heads since it opened, with an interior that has distilled its design references from Tokyo Metro Station.
The Shopping Space
Taking note of the fact that shopping habits and retail environments are not necessarily the drawcards they used to be. The Sydney fit-out for high-end natural stone supplier Artedomus is all about creating a design destination. Guests are greeted at a reception area, and can then take a trip through the various areas and ‘dream apartment’ showcase. It is a truly immersive experience, designed by The Stella Collective and Thomas Coward.
The Work Space
Taking over 11 floors in the heart of Singapore, The Working Capitol by HASSELL is all about the ‘next evolution’ of co-working spaces. The fit-out blends hospitality-style amenities with a huge range of workspaces and quiet areas alongside more luxurious inclusions such as a sky garden and 20-metre outdoor lap pool.
Sculptural and dramatic, Pt Leo Estate by Jolson Architecture and Interiors is an incredibly beautiful building that sits snugly in the Mornington Peninsula landscape. The project is positioned on a winery and fuses art, architecture, interiors, landscaping and of course fine food and wine. From the carpark, all the way to the furthest reaches of the sculpture garden, not a thing feels out of place and takes users on a journey of discovery.
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