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10 years of AIDA: Hospitality

Celebrating ten years of Australian Interior Design Awards, we continue our retrospective of winning interior designs with Hospitality: 2004–2013.

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognize excellence in interior design across seven key categories: Retail, Hospitality, Workplace, Public, Installation, Residential Design and Residential Decoration.

Andrew Parr, SJB Interiors.

Andrew Parr, SJB Interiors.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Australian Interior Design Awards, we asked Andrew Parr, a former judge of the awards, the interior design director at SJB Interiors, and a DIA Fellow to reflect on the relevance of these awards for the profession. “The Australian Interior Design Awards have evolved into a recognized world class program. The level of design quality that has emerged over the past decade sets Australia as a major design force on the world stage,” says Parr, whose hospitality projects include Sydney’s St Margaret’s, The Establishment and MG Garage, Adina Hotels (throug Europe), Medina Treasury Adelaide and The Royce Hotel (Melbourne), to name a few.

Ten years of AIDA Hospitality project winners

2012
2012 Hospitality Design Award: Vue de Monde by Elenberg Fraser.

2012 Hospitality Design Award: Vue de Monde by Elenberg Fraser.

Image: Dianna Snape

Vue de Monde
Melbourne, Victoria
Elenberg Fraser

The jury said

A sophisticated abstraction of the Australian landscape is translated into an interior design narrative, delivering a highly original aesthetic. Vue de Monde is a restaurant that delivers a sense of opulence, along with a strong sense of place.

2011
2011 Hospitality Design Award: Crown Metropol by Bates Smart.

2011 Hospitality Design Award: Crown Metropol by Bates Smart.

Image: Shannon McGrath

Crown Metropol
Southbank, Victoria
Bates Smart

The jury said

An outstanding project that succeeds in creating intimate-scale boutique interiors in a large-scale hotel. This has been achieved by the designers through hand-crafted elements, unique detailing and the integration of carefully selected and diverse artworks in the guestrooms and public spaces alike, creating personality and individuality.

2010
2010 Hospitality Design Award: Rockpool Bar & Grill by Bates Smart.

2010 Hospitality Design Award: Rockpool Bar & Grill by Bates Smart.

Image: Earl Carter

Rockpool Bar & Grill
Sydney, New South Wales
Bates Smart

The jury said

Rockpool is a sophisticated project that enhances the qualities of the vast spaces within the existing building. The designers have crafted a sensitive and elegant design that responds with confidence and independence to the Art Deco building, creating a contemporary fine dining space in its own right.

2009
2009 Hospitality Design Award: Ivy by Hecker Phelan & Guthrie.

2009 Hospitality Design Award: Ivy by Hecker Phelan & Guthrie.

Image: Shannon McGrath

Ivy
Sydney, New South Wales
Hecker Phelan & Guthrie

The jury said

Designed from the inside out, Ivy is a statement with staggering detail and decoration. It represents the ultimate of its type. Hecker Phelan & Guthrie and Woods Bagot have created a lavish
playground, a world within a world of glamour and “Palm Springs” nostalgia.

2008
2008 Hospitality Design Award: Maedaya Bar by Architects EAT.

2008 Hospitality Design Award: Maedaya Bar by Architects EAT.

Image: Derek Swalwell

Maedaya Bar
Richmond, Victoria
Architects EAT

The jury said

This interior is the result of a brave and clear concept that communicates a strong story and sense of narrative. The traditional ritual of drinking sake is memorably reflected in the design and a sense of the “Japanese” is clearly evident.

2007
2007 Hospitality Design Award: Dusk Bar by Dire Tribe.

2007 Hospitality Design Award: Dusk Bar by Dire Tribe.

Image: Tanja Kimme

Dusk Bar, Ritz
St Kilda, Victoria
Dire Tribe

The jury said

A witty and deliberate methodology has been employed to make clever use of the cast-offs of technology, resulting in a powerful and provocative space. Warmth, humour and scale combine to create an imaginative interior.

2006
2006 Hospitality Design Award: The Solovoid Project by Spatial Research Group.

2006 Hospitality Design Award: The Solovoid Project by Spatial Research Group.

Image: Darragh O'Brien

The Solovoid Project, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria
Spatial Research Group

The jury said

The links in the project’s development – starting with handmade prototypes and finishing with the human touch – beautifully completes the process. The result is extraordinary on a number of levels, including budget and ESD properties, and displays a sense of humour and is joyful.

2005
2005 Hospitality Design Award: Taxi Restaurant by Maddison Architects.

2005 Hospitality Design Award: Taxi Restaurant by Maddison Architects.

Image: Rhiannon Slatter

Taxi Restaurant, Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria
Maddison Architects

The jury said

This is a sophisticated and rigorous interior design. The project responds well to a demanding architectural envelope within Federation Square. It demonstrates an unusual and creative composition of diverse materials and is an appropriate solution to the constraints of a complex existing building.

2004
2004 Hospitality Design Award: Hilton Adelaide by Carr Design.

2004 Hospitality Design Award: Hilton Adelaide by Carr Design.

Image: Earl Carter

Victoria Ballroom, Hilton Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia
Carr Design

The jury said

The lobby space is clever, like a theatre proscenium, creating a deft transition into te main ballroom. The ballroom space is evocative of a shimmering curtain sculpture, with the draped ceiling cleverly lit to provide a lustrous atmosphere where the designers have extracted maximum impact from a minimal number of bravely selected materials.

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