After months of waiting and deliberation, the very best of Australian interior design has been announced at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA).
As expected, the winners are some of Australia’s most talked about, multi-award winning projects, with the Premier Award For Interior Design Excellence & Innovation going to the Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects’ The Royal Children’s Hospital project.
Located in Melbourne, the initiative has already earned acclaim for the interior colour scheme used throughout, earning it the Dulux Colour Awards 2012 Grand Prix award. The colour palette and overall complexity this adds to the brightly-styled hospital interiors also won favour with the Australia Interior Design Awards jury, as well as wins in the 2012 Colour in Commercial Design and Public Design Awards.
“The interior design of the Royal Children’s Hospital will extend the experience of the power of interiors into the public realm further than any other project this year,” say the AIDA jurors.
The jurors went on to describe the interiors as ‘complex, technical, responsive and, above all, beautiful hospital interior(s).’
Also showing off Victoria’s design chops is design practice Elenberg Fraser’s Vue de Monde, which has been cited as leading Australia in terms of design excellence.
“The jury wishes to also acknowledge the excellence of Vue de Monde in setting a new standard for Australian design identity,” they say.
The fine dining restaurant received the Sustainability Advancement Award for a ‘comprehensive range of sustainable features that deal with energy, water, materiality and products’ according to the jurors.
One key innovation noted by the jurors is the sustainable food and waste strategies that allow this ultra-chic and elegant space to maintain its sustainability level throughout the running and functioning of the space.
“The myriad environmental aspects within this project are completely and seamlessly embedded in the interior design,” say the jurors. “The project redefines sustainable interior design.”
Vue de Monde also won the 2012 Hospitality Design Award, while Russell & George’s Paper Stone Scissors design came up victorious for Victoria in winning the 2012 Workplace Design award.
Victoria certainly dominated this year at the design awards, with the majority of winners coming from the Southern state and several winners taking home multiple awards. It is clear that the winning entries this year have not won by fluke or by a small margin. What Australian interior designers are showing is that projects are becoming more complex and all encompassing, offering excellence in a number of facets and reaping the rewards that comes with this type of design ethic.