The IIDA honors the industry’s elite with its 47th annual Interior Design Competition.
Firm: JKMM Architects
Project: Amos Rex art museum in Helsinki (shown above)
Standout: Connecting past and present—including a 1930s pavilion comprising restaurants, shops, and a cinema—domed sculptural skylights in concrete and steel are a bold addition to a historic 19th-century square, formerly a military parade ground.
Firm: One Plus Partnership
Project: Xi’an Changjiang Insun Imax Cinema in China
Standout: Inspired by film negatives and the work of photographer Georges Rousse, optical illusions in contrasting paint colors make a big impact on a small budget while drawing a visual connection to the movies shown on screen.
Firm: Fun Connection Design
Project: ICS Kindergarten in Beijing
Standout: Happy, saturated colors and natural materials define the series of open-plan learning areas and walkways, which encourage independence in the pint-size students—and provide them with infinite opportunities for creative play.
Project: Goodstën in Martínez, Argentina
Standout: An existing creamery receives a double-height annex addition that’s faceted and blanketed in treated metallic shingles, introducing a contemporary aesthetic while honoring the building’s traditional architecture.
Firm: Arshia Architects
Project: Gallery 19C, Los Angeles
Standout: Modern-day molding frames 19th-century artwork, and a fabric ceiling-scape emits diffuse, even light in the winner of the Will Ching Design Competition for commercial projects by firms with five employees or fewer.
Project: KLEO Art Residences in Chicago
Standout: Vibrant natural light, often overlooked in low-income housing projects, is abundant thanks to a polycarbonate facade in this affordable living space for artists.
Firm: J.C. Architecture
Project: Living Lab, Taipei City, Taiwan
Standout: Built as a paradigm for reviving the city’s old houses, a former army dormitory takes on new life as a family home, its century-old stone walls mingling with new glass ones that fuse indoor and outdoor living.