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2015 Award winners

1st prize

Inside Outside, NL-Amsterdam | Rothschild Bank – Curtain

“The project proves that textiles can indeed support story telling in architecture and be so much more than simple decoration.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

In 2012, Rothschild Bank opened ‘New Court’, its 75-metre high new headquarters in the City of London. OMA is responsible for the building. It is with great sensitivity that the Dutch architects have placed the modern building between existing older buildings. While the facade is characterised by steel and tinted glass, the interior is dominated by the warm tones of the travertine, which comes into its own on both the walls and the ceilings. Inside Outside designed a semitransparent drapery for the glazed foyer, which is visible from many angles. The room divider, made of gold and silver faux leather strips of varying lengths, reflects the light that enters the space and adds a touch of glamour and exclusivity. At the same time, the way the delicate fabric
moves creates a dynamic play of colour so that the spatial impression is constantly changing. The drapery in the foyer ensures that there is privacy and improves the acoustics of the space. It was important that staff and visitors had private areas while not missing out on daylight and
outside views. The faux leather strips form an irregular pattern and the overall impression somewhat resembles a brick wall. By varying the dimensions and colours of these ‘bricks’, the interior designers achieved a colour-changing effect. Sections of gauze were added between the
faux leather strips in some parts. The transparent nature of this material means that it is possible to enjoy the impressive views of the surrounding historical buildings such as St Stephen Walbrook church.

2nd prize

Michele Rondelli Interior and Architectural Consulting, CH-Herrliberg | Bundeshaus Bern Schweiz, Ständerratssaal

“Making reference to the German idiom of ‘saying something with flowers’ (etwas durch die Blume sagen – saying something in a roundabout way), the designer is making a subtle comment on the political issues debated in these rooms.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

Politicians from the 26 Swiss cantons meet at the Council of States Chamber. It was completely renovated as part of the refurbishment of the Federal Palace in Bern, the headquarters of the Swiss government. Michelle Rondelli selected flowing drapery with opulent floral patterns in order to draw attention to the row of arcades surrounding the renaissance-style hall. Textile wallcoverings and sophisticated brocade drapery in an enchanting floral print gives the room a suitable formal atmosphere.

3rd prize


“The design lends the rooms both a sense of reduction and of sensuality, and the colourful textiles provide an attractive ambience for diners.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

Pakta restaurant in Barcelona transports diners into another world. Inside a space measuring just 100 square metres, 45 weaving looms encase the restaurant and sushi bar like a second skin, directly alluding to the origins of the Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine served here. The Spanish studio El Equipo Creativo used strong, brightly coloured cotton threads measuring five millimetres in length and stretched them over the weaving looms to subtly create a cosy, intimate and upbeat atmosphere.

2015 Special mentions

ediated Matter, MIT Media Lab, US-Cambridge | Silk Pavillion

“The Silk Pavilion is never completed but remains in constant flux, with the three-dimensional cocoon reminiscent of parametric structures.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

The Silk Pavilion symbolises the possibilities of digital production when combined with bionic design processes on an architectural scale. The starting point was the ability of silkworms to form a three-dimensional cocoon out of one single thread of silk. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms spun a pavilion out of silk on a primary structure comprised of 26 parts. A configured light source controlled the silkworm population, enabling the creation of a dome area with various levels of thickness and transparency

Alex Cochrane Architects, UK-London | Silence Room Selfridges

“The felt material he chose to upholster the seating furniture and as a covering for walls and floors is of essential importance to the room’s perception and function.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

In the department store Selfridges & Co. in London, a ‘silence room’ was created for customers as a quiet haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The only piece of furniture inside is a long bench against the walls, on which visitors can rest, sleep, read or meditate. The floor, walls and bench are all upholstered with a light, soft wool felt material, creating a calming atmosphere. This contemplative mood is highlighted by integrated indirect lighting, which casts the room in a soft light.

Brandlhuber + Emde, Scheider, DE-Berlin | Antivilla

“Impressively, the architects have incorporated the seasons in their architectural project, thereby commenting on energy efficiency and sustainability.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

During the renovation of a former fabric warehouse south-west of Berlin, Brandlhuber+ developed an innovative concept that made it possible to adapt the building to its new requirements as an artists’ studio and residential building. The sauna oven on the upper floor is at the centre of the staggered temperature zones, which are separated from each other by transparent drapery. As a result, it has been possible to maintain the generous spatial impression of the gutted building at the picturesque location.

PW Design, UK-London | Hotel Continental Oslo

“The colours and fabrics they selected create a positive ambience and a sense of being in a sanctuary.” (from the jury‘s verdict)

RPW Design married contemporary Scandinavian design with the 19th century while renovating this luxury Norwegian hotel. They upholstered antique furniture with modern, bright materials and demolished walls in order to let more light into the historical building. The hotel rooms are dominated by white and grey shades and a modern, minimalist ambience. The designers created large spaces from two small chambers, inviting guests to relax.

2015 Award Winners

The award ceremony will take place on 22nd October 2015 at AIT-ArchitekturSalon Cologne. On this occasion the ranking of the prize winners will be announced and solemnly honoured. For this reason you can find the prize winners and special mentions for the time being in alphabetical order:

Alex Cochrane Architects, UK-London | Silence Room Selfridges
Alex Cochrane’s ‘Silence Room’ impresses with a pervasive reductionism. The felt material used to clothe the seating, walls and floors here is essential to how the room is perceived and how it is treated. Given the rather ambitious brief of creating a zone of meditative tranquillity right amidst the hustle and bustle of one of London’s most prestigious shopping streets, the ‘Silence Room’ is certainly a success.

Brandlhuber + Emde, Scheider, DE-Berlin | Antivilla
The ‘Antivilla’ represents the fruition of a bold and convincing conceptual approach. Very strikingly, the architects have managed to integrate the four seasons into the overall architectural design, thus producing a highly original statement on sustainability and energy efficiency. The flexible curtain dividing the room provides a welcome contrast to the rough-hewn ambience of the building.

With the interior design of the Pakta Restaurant, El Equipo Creativo have managed to achieve a lasting impression using just a few strategic design elements. The weaving looms that surround the space give it a distinct atmosphere and convincingly allude to a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine. In essence, the concept here is to reveal the basic material that each of the fabrics is woven from. This creates a narrative space that is easy to comprehend and that very effectively mirrors the restaurant’s approach. The rooms are defined by minimalism as well as sensuality, and their colourful design offers the restaurant guests an appealing ambience.

Inside Outside, NL-Amsterdam | Rothschild Bank – Curtain
The foyer of the new headquarters of Rothschild Bank is visually dominated by a big curtain from Inside Outside. For this, the interior design company drew on its successful collaborative relationship with the architects from OMA. The central curtain impresses as a homogenous design element that integrates the floor, wall and ceiling, thereby creating a harmonious overall ambience. Petra Blaisse and her team successfully managed to join up a number of disparate materials in this design feature. The golden and silver strips of artificial leather making up the drapery evoke a shimmering haze of gold – an interior design element that certainly befits a bank as prominent as this one. What this project demonstrates is that textiles can help to tell a story and that they can rise well above the role of being mere decorative elements. Despite the project already being completed some time ago, it remains highly relevant today.

Michele Rondelli Interior and Architectural Consulting, CH-Herrliberg | Bundeshaus Bern Schweiz, Ständerratssaal
In the ‘Ständeratssaal’ of Bern, one of Switzerland’s historic parliament buildings, Michele Rondelli has developed a subtle interior design gesture that is worthy of the heritage building’s venerable past. In keeping with Gottfried Semper’s ‘Theory of Dressing’, the floral patterns on the brocade drapery evoke the classical concept of ‘room dressings’. Picking up on the German proverb of ‘saying it through flowers’ (to say something very diplomatically), the designer has come up with a subtle narrative context to frame the political negotiations that the space is used for. In addition, the ruffled drapery, which conceals its wealth within, alludes to the Swiss predilection towards discretion. Much like the wings of a butterfly, the curtain only unfolds its visual splendour once opened.

Mediated Matter, MIT Media Lab, US-Cambridge | Silk Pavillion
In the ‘Silk Pavilion’, the emphasis is on innovation, technology and research. Most interestingly, it represents an intersection of digital design techniques and living materials. The silkworms in use here form an important part of how the design is created, a process that could not be fully predicted in advance. Resultantly, the fabric can be experienced both as a habitat and a living shell. The Silk Pavilion never reaches completion, but rather demonstrates a permanent state of flux. Aesthetically, the three-dimensional cocoon frequently resembles parametric structures.

RPW Design, UK-London | Hotel Continental Oslo
In the restoration of the Hotel Continental, RPW Design have aptly demonstrated the extensive versatility of textiles in interior design. The chosen colours and fabrics create a pleasing ambience that exudes a deep sense of security. In addition, the large number of design details on show here is simply stunning. The distinguished aura of this luxury hotel built in 1900 has been fully preserved, but the building’s refurbished interior very eloquently indicates its arrival in the 21st century as well.

2013 Award Winners

Residential Living

Eklego Design, Hedayat Islam

Restaurant, Bar & Nightclub

Kern Design, Sabine Kober / Norbert Kern
DE-Frankfurt am Main

Creative Presentation
Country Partners Italy

H.C.E. & Partners, Giorgio Scrivere

Hotel & Wellness Resort

Anita Rosato Interior Design,
Anita Rosato, UK-London


W40 Interiors, Markus Gabler