1st December , 2018

Posted by. Stirling

Not a British Winner in sight

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors and the World Architecture Festival announce their 2018 winners at the RAI Amsterdam. No British designers made it into the finals.

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors (WFI) concluded on November 30th 2018 with the announcement of the best interior designs of 2018 across the categories of Civic, Culture & Transport, Creative Re-use, Residential, Display, Hotels and Bar & Restaurant. The annual awards encompass the best interior designs from the past 12 months from around the globe.

World Festival of Interiors runs alongside the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and the 2018 Building of the Year is shown at the foot of this blog

The six category winners and the over all winner of WFI are:


Winner: TSH Campus Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) by The Student Hotel Experience Design Team

“The project serves its exact purposes: to accommodate young people and a creative space that has its own strong identity” said the judges.

Bars & Restaurants

Winner: Harrison Urby – Entrance Café (Harrison, USA) by Concrete
Highly commended: BO SPACE (Hangzhou, China) by WJ Design

Judges commented: “A project that goes beyond the interior and spreads out to connect with its neighbourhood and people.”

Creative Re-use

Winner: Francesc Macia 10 – FM 10 (Barcelona, Spain) by studio mk27
Highly commended: Space & Time (Melbourne, Australia) by Russell & George

“A former office block transformed in the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing way, with a great respect towards the earlier distinctive design. The reconfiguration has enhanced the original envelope” said the judges.


Winner: Sunny Apartment (Taichung, Taiwan) by Very Studio and Che Wang Architects
Highly commended: Lincoln (Brussels, Belgium) by Notan Office

“A refreshing take on spatial organization of a typical unit flat in a Taiwanese housing development in Taichung”, one of the judges commented. She added: “A well-researched acoustically designed ceiling which enhances the lightness of this inviting space”.


Winner: Yumin Art Nouveau Collection (Phoenix Jeju, South Korea) by JAC Studios

This is also the overall winner of the 2018 World Festival of Interiors, a poetic glass exhibition in Phoenix Jeju in the South Korean peninsula, has been named as the World Interior of the Year for 2018. The project, conceived by Danish practice JAC STUDIOS, has beaten over 70 finalists across ten categories to be named the World Interior of the Year.

Yumin Art Noveau Collection is a permanent exhibition of delicate glass produced in the Art Nouveau movement between 1870s to 1940s by French artist Émile Gallé, one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau moment; as well as works by leaders in the decorative glass-making field – brothers Auguste and Antonin Daum.

JAC STUDIOS worked closely with Art Nouveau experts including Didier Laugault from Chambre Nationale des Expert Specialises to create an exhibition using glass as the principle material to transform the interiors and welcome areas of the Genius Loci – a building by celebrated Japanese architect Tadao Ando (Pritzker Prize and RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner).

The judges commented: “The existing context, an architecture by Tadao Ando, is respected and a new experience has been created with subtlety. Human sensations are considered: light, bare-footed experience and sitting very close to the floor.”

And the winner of the WAF Building of the Year is:

Kampung Admiralty, designed by WOHA. This substantial mixed-use building is Singapore’s first integrated public development that brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof. This integrated complex maximises land use and is a prototype for meeting the needs of Singapore’s ageing population. With an imposed height limit of 45m the scheme builds upon a layered ‘club sandwich’ approach, with a range of commercial, residential and health spaces amid amenities and community services, topped by extensive green terraces adorning various elevated spaces.