Step inside the world’s top interiors for 2018

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, the leading global interior design and architecture awards program, has announced the shortlist of 77 projects that will compete to be crowned World Interior of the Year 2018.

Projects from across the globe were entered across nine diverse categories, ranging from health and educational buildings to hotels, bars and restaurants, and residential homes. Hosted alongside the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the event attracts more than 2,000 attendees each year for its three days of talks, awards, exhibitions, and fringe events.

Highlights from this year’s shortlist include:
Civic, Culture and Transport category – Danish practice BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group for its ‘Lego House’ project in the heart of Billund.
A life-size re-creation of the traditional Lego brick house, the 23-meter-tall ‘Lego House’ is an immersive experience center. Twenty-one overlapping blocks are placed like individual buildings, which frames a 2,000 m2 LEGO urban square that is illuminated through the cracks and gaps between the volumes. The central square welcomes locals and visitors to further amenities such as a café, restaurant, LEGO store and conference facilities.


Creative Re-use category – Nocenco Café by Vietnamese practice VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects).
This renovation project includes a café on the rooftop of a 7-floor middle-rise concrete building which has been transformed into a local landmark in the city center of Vinh City, north of Vietnam. Unlike other post-war buildings in the local area, bamboo has been used extensively throughout the café and to the exterior of the existing building due to its accessibility, weight, and durability as a building material.


Display category – Studio Chris Fox for their ‘Interloop’ design.
This innovative design sits above the main entrance of Wynard station in Sydney, Australia. Made from re-used 1930s OTIS escalator treads, the Interloop measures more than 50 meters in length, weighs more than five tons, and weaves in 244 wooden treads and four combs from the original escalators.


Civic, Culture and Transport category – WATG and Wimberly Interiors (Turkey) for Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 
Art Deco interiors are featured in this renovated train. Wimberly Interiors renovated three ultra-luxurious private suites aboard the train. Drawing inspiration from the heritage and style of each of the destinations the train weaves through – Paris, Venice, and Istanbul – Wimberly Interiors has used ornate detailing, hand-beaded embroidery and lavish fabrics to reflect each city’s unique character.


Retail category – Waterfrom Design’s ‘Molecure Pharmacy’ in Taiwan.
The design is inspired by the original pharmaceutical process of extracting molecules from nature to create healing drugs. The metal, lightweight glass, and transparent acrylics are crisscrossed, and straight lines are used to build the display racks; similar to the expansion of a molecule – with medicines placed on them, the display racks seem to disappear from the space, while the varied pharmaceutical packaging adds color to the walls.

Additional projects from this year’s shortlist include:

Display category – Fleur Pavilia Sales Gallery by New World Development Company. The fleur floating island in the city, Hong Kong, China. 


Hotel category – Hisvahan Hotel by GEO_ID, Istanbul, Turkey.


Retail category – Genius loci – House of Fritz Hansen, Jakarta, Indonesia.



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