From centre for the production of thermal and electric energy to centre for the production of creative energy: the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam is a demonstration of the first law of thermodynamics in architectural form! A former industrial plant for the production of energy from non-renewable sources becomes one of the city’s most creative, active centres, producing energy from an inexhaustible renewable source. Its historic industrial brick buildings have become an event venue, a cinema, a theatre, a restaurant, workspaces and plenty of greenery. A model for redevelopment in the Netherlands and abroad, the Westergasfabriek is an example of how even a polluted site can become a park and a concrete resource for the city.
The perfect location for the Frame Awards Show, the event concluding the contest of the same name for interior design and designers from all over the world.
During the Frame Awards Show on February 21, prizes were presented to 28 interior designs selected by the judges and another 28 selected by the public. That’s a lot of prizes, because the five macro-categories of interior design (retail, hospitality, work, institutions and shows) were divided by type of interior, and additional prizes were also awarded: for project execution (best use of light, colour, digital technologies, etc.), for relationship with society (sustainability, innovation and social value), plus four honorary prizes.
The prize for lifetime achievement went to Turkish designer Sevil Peach, acknowledging her role as a profound innovator and influencer in today’s workspace revolution. Sevil Peach is ahead of her times: her plans for the Barclay and Vitra offices based on the concepts of transparency and flexible, informal workstations were by about 15 years ahead of what are now common requests from clients, made possible by the evolution of information systems.
Successful studio X+Living, founded by designer Li Xiang, was named Designer of the Year and the studio’s Zhongshuge Bookstore Chengdu won the prize in the Retail - Multi-brand Store of the Year section along with Au Pont Rouge Saint Petersburg by Cheungvogl Architects. X+Living is also connected with the Client of the Year award, presented to one of its clients, Zhongshuge Bookstores.
The Emerging Designer of the Year award went to Space Encounters.
The Frame Awards winners and nominees include several projects presented in the pages of Floornature. The Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town by Heatherwick Studio, for example, won the Innovation Award. The judges were impressed by the profound renovation of the atrium. The space that now welcomes the public with its futuristic design was created in a former grain silo, redesigning and cutting the original concrete tubes.
The prize for Best Use of Material was presented to Fabricwood, a furniture showroom designed by Produce.Workshop in Singapore.
Lastly, inSports in Beijing, designed by Powerhouse Company, was a finalist for Health Club of the Year, for interiors dedicated to physical wellness and sports; while De Bank, the new headquarters of KAAN Architecten in Rotterdam, was a finalist in the Small Office of the Year category.
Images courtesy of Frame Awards