The Most Beautiful Interiors Shortlisted for 'World Interior of the Year'

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Architecture & Design Editor13 July 2017

From a jade-green spa to a floating bar, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the diverse range of 78 projects that are up for the prestigious award of World Interior of the Year 2017. Here are some of the most striking designs from the shortlist.

Creative re-use category | anySCALE Architecture Design Consultants | Soho 3Q Bund | Shanghai, China

The new SOHO Bund office space is based on Bund’s art deco heritage, with custom interior furnishings designed to reflect the era – the glamorous staircase, with its reflective bronze panelling and striking angular design, is the star of the show.

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Bars & restaurants category | WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design The Whale Bar | Maldives

WOW Architects is really living up to its name with this Whale Bar, designed for the Vommuli Island resort. The luxurious design takes its inspiration from the rich marine life surrounding the island, including the whale-shark-shaped bar.

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Residential category | O2 Design Atelier | Courtyard House @ Sungai Buloh | Kelana Jaya, Malaysia

At the heart of this open-plan Courtyard House are two trees and shrubs, so the family can be surrounded by nature wherever they are in the home. The double-height space is clad in a cement render to highlight the interplay between natural light and shadow, with flashes of green that mimic the lush greenery surrounding the property.

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Civic, culture & transport category | Eric Parry Architects | 5–7 St Helen’s Place with The Leathersellers’ Hall | London, UK

This new seventh hall of the Leatherseller’s Company, which has been on the site since the 16th century, includes this incredible dining hall – richly panelled in black walnut, while clerestory windows look towards the church wall above.

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Health & education category | PAL Design Group | NUBO | Sydney, Australia

This utterly charming and playful design is designed to encourage children to interact with it and explore the space. It’s deliberately designed with a minimalist aesthetic to let the kids’ imaginations run free, rather than bombard them with too much furniture, colour and equipment. Various zones include a library, activity area where they can ‘slide, climb and hide’, plus a cafe where they can make their own healthy meals.

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Hotels category | Maos Design | Nimman Spa | Shanghai, China

Underneath the shopping mall of Shanghai you can escape to a sanctuary of tropical greens in the form of the Nimman Spa. A lush palette of greens were used for the design, with a range of textures used to dress the space including striking bespoke tiles, terrazzo, marble, leather, metal and concrete.

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Civic, culture & transport category | Zaha Hadid Architects | Mathematics: The Winton Gallery | London, UK

This new gallery at London’s Science Museum displays a whole host of intriguing historical artefacts that showcase inventions and innovations that have helped shaped the world today. At the heart of the gallery is the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aeroplane, which inspired Zaha Hadid’s striking aerodynamic design and fluid nature of the building itself.

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Display category | Produce workshop | Fabricwood | Singapore

The centrepiece of this stunning Herman Miller store is undoubtedly the incredible, ‘tailored’ plywood-skin ceiling, which stretches across the entire 20×7-metre (66×23-foot) space. To create the overall look of textured fabric, the plywood has been looped together using a traditional tailoring technique called ‘darting’.

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The INSIDE festival runs alongside the World Architecture Festival, which will run from 15–17 November in Berlin.

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