Awards | Jan 12, 2015 |
Association crowns best of the best in global design
By Staff

According to the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the planet's most impressive design is found far from American soil, be it in the form of a movie theater in Hong Kong, a school in Kiev, or a private residence in Mexico City. The IIDA, in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, has revealed the winners of the 2014 IIDA Global Excellence Awards, an annual worldwide design competition that honors and celebrates excellence in the creation of international built design.

“The international nature of the competition is exceptionally inspiring as we think about the growing impact interior design has made on the community at large,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.

Projects were submitted from 39 countries. From this, 16 winners were chosen in 10 categories. Reviewers included Mari Balestrazzi (Founder and Principal, MARCO), Giorgio Borruso (Owner, Giorgio Borruso Design), Johannes Lampela (Creative Director, BMW Group DesignworksUSA) and William Paley (Associate, Tony Chi & Associates).

“This year’s submissions are testimony to the value and impact of good design, with high-quality projects of various scale and budget, from remote locations to major metropolises alike,” Lampela said.

Other judges agreed. “This year we saw a large participation from varied geographical areas, which made the process of evaluating design across the multitude of projects—all so different, in terms of scope of work, budget, and achievement of goals—particularly engaging,” they said collectively in a statement.

The 2014 Global Excellence Awards winners are as follows:

Corporate Space Large: T2 Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, by Landini Associates

Corporate Small Space: Pillar Grove in Nisshin, Japan, by Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio


New School in Kiev, Ukraine, by Dreamdesign

Toshin Satellite Preparatory School in Kobe, Japan, by Matsuya Art Works


UA Cine Times Cinema in Times Square, Hong Kong, by One Plus Partnership LTD

Hankou City Plaza International Cinema in Wuhan, China, by One Plus Partnership LTD


King Abdullah Specialist Children's Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by Perkins + Will


Jones the Grocer in Sydney, Australia, by Landini Associates


Savannah Bandas at the Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Gorge Lodge in Kyambura, Uganda, by Regional Associates

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel in Hengill, Iceland, by MINARC


1+1>2 in Taichung City, Taiwan, by Puredesign

Barrancas House in Mexico City, Mexico, by Ezequiel Farca Architecture and Design


UGOLEK Restaurant and Level2 in Moscow, Russia, by NB-Studio

Itoman Gyomin Shokudo in Itoman-shi, Japan, by Yamazaki Kentaro Design


T2B in Sydney, Australia, by Landini Associates

The Galleria Luxury Hall West in Seoul, South Korea, by Burdifilek

Winners will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 24, at an awards ceremony at Maison & Objet in Paris. Here the Best of Competition winner will be announced and awarded.

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