The shortlist for the Australian Interior Design Awards have been announced, with some of the industry’s best and brightest one step closer to national acclaim.
With every passing year, design teams and their projects become increasingly advanced in terms of technologies used and the psychology behind their design choices. This years shortlist showcases, perhaps more than ever, how great design offers more than a pleasing aesthetic.
This year’s shortlisted projects each offer this additional “wow” factor.
The Public Design shortlist includes projects such as the Monash University Museum of Art by architectural firm Kerstin Thompson Architects, PEGS Junior Boys School by design practice McBride Charles Ryan and the University of Adelaide Learning Hub by architectural firm HASSELL. While each of these designs vary immensely, jurors have demonstrated clear preferences as the designs offer modern and functional educational facilities enhanced by a clever inclusion of technological aspects.
The shortlisted entries for the Office Design category include HASSELL’s George Patterson Y&R and BVN Architecture’s AECOM Sydney workplace. These designs also highlight the functionality of modern aesthetics while also focussing on interior greenery.
It is clear the judges are keen to assess the psychological aspects of these interiors, placing greenery in high regard. Colour is also well-regarded, with the colour awards presented in both the commercial and residential sectors.
These are only a handful of the shortlisted entrants, each boasting its own distinct and impressive features. One certainty about this year’s awards is that a clear winner is going to be very difficult to choose. Thankfully, it is not a dearth of design innovation that will make the jurors’ decisions difficult, as this industry sector is increasingly proving its importance to the building industry as whole.