Staff -- Interior Design, 12/1/2011 2:00:00 AM
Winner: Studio MK27
Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil
As conceived in 14th-century Italy by Giovanni Boccaccio, Il Decameron offered an interrelated series of 100 allegorical tales. As conceived in 21st-century Brazil by Marcio Kogan, the São Paulo design showroom Decameron presents countless intimate vignettes in shipping containers. The containers are brightly painted and stacked in two levels, forming a row that runs through the open front and back of a concrete hangar structure. (It can be closed at night with polycarbonate sliding doors.) The tricked-out containers and the 2,700-square-foot fixed structure both display furniture and lighting by the likes of Rody Graumans and Decameron’s owner, Marcus Ferreira. In addition, the pieces can be shown on the gravel of the rear courtyard, which separates the showroom from another concrete building. This one offers office space—and a little air-conditioning.
Merit: Alexchoi Design & Partners
Project: Hangzhou Broadway Cinemas
Like film spliced in an editing room, the four levels of this shopping-mall movie theater are unified through the repetition of wall tiles and acoustical elements.
Merit: Andre Kikoski Architect
Project: Wyckoff Exchange
Location: Brooklyn, New York
A commercial building is fronted by perforated bifold doors, each comprising an outer layer of Cor-Ten steel, an inner one of stainless, and LEDs between.
Merit: ROW Studio
Project: Maison Carlos Ortega
Location: Mexico City
Partitions and faceted volumes, constructed from oriented strand-board, allow a single small space to double as an emerging fashion designer’s showroom and apartment.