SBID announces International Design Award winners

By Elspeth Pridham
October 28, 2019

The winners of the SBID International Design Awards 2019 were revealed last Friday, 25 October, at a lunch and ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair. This year the Awards attracted entries from 48 countries with winning projects from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Qatar, Poland, Barbados, Monaco, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

All 15 awards categories are assessed by a technical panel, a public vote and a panel of leading industry experts, who look for outstanding examples of technical content and aesthetic creativity. Now in its ninth year, the SBID Awards have been accredited as the first interior design awards scheme to achieve Gold standard by The Independent Awards Standards Council. Driven by a desire to recognise talent and creativity, the annual event rewards and celebrates outstanding projects and products from the industry at large.

The Overall Winner Award (pictured centre, left), is presented to the project that received the highest score after both tiers of judge’s choices, the public votes and SBID have considered the entries. This year the overall award was given to Mexican-based practice Roth Architects for their Uh May Residence in Mexico. Uh May residence is a habitable sculpture, located in 10 hectares of the jungle 30 minutes from the town of Tulum in the Yucatán Peninsula. The house harmoniously blends in with the environment of Azulik Uh May whilst also respecting and honouring the natural habitat that hosts it. With no straight lines or sharp angles, it respects the organic shapes of the ground on which it was built.

The use of ferro-cement was specifically chosen to avoid the introduction of heavy machinery into the jungle, thus preventing the felling of 250 trees. The finish, carefully crafted with local materials, makes this a unique space of purely organic forms. This property redefines life in the jungle, promoting a non-invasive dialogue between architecture and its natural surroundings.

SBID Founder and CEO, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE said: “Each year the SBID International Design Awards continue to grow from strength to strength. With a sell-out ceremony and more countries represented this year than any other, it truly is held as the premier interior design awards by the global industry and SBID is proud to present it each year. This year’s Overall Winner demonstrates the seriousness in which the design industry at large is taking in the environmental conservation and project procurement.”

The winners of the 2019 SBID International Design Awards are:

CGI & Visualisation, sponsored by Vectorworks

Angel O’Donnell for The Atlas Building

Club and Bar Design, sponsored by Oxleys Furniture

House of Design by Suzy Habre for Iris

Development Sales Centre, sponsored by Vessell Gallery

Matrix Design for Gemdale Fenghua International Sales Center NanJing

Healthcare & Wellness Design, sponsored by The Stone Federation

Diana Interiors Group for The Salt Room

Hotel Bedrooms & Suites Design, sponsored by Yves Delorme

G.A Group for Belmond Cadogan London

Hotel Public Space Design, sponsored by Viva Lagoon

CCD / Cheng Chung Design for InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland

KBB Design, sponsored by Vitra UK

Masterwood Joinery for Slopehill Road (pictured top, left)

Office Design, sponsored by KI Europe

ADP Architects for Axon Office – “Work-Space-Ship”

Public Space Design, sponsored by Sans Souci

Tengyuan Design for China Railway Qingdao World Expo City Conference Center

Residential Apartment under £1M, sponsored by Lalique

Kolomoiets-Project for Apartment with History (pictured 2nd from top, left)

Residential Design over £1M, sponsored by THG Paris

STA Architectural Group for Palazzo del Cielo (pictured 2nd from bottom, left)

Residential House Design under £1M, sponsored by Kassavello

LEIVARS for Esher Contemporary Open Plan Family Home (pictured bottom, left)

Restaurant Design, sponsored by Perennials & Sutherland

Bishop Design by Paul Bishop for Torno Subito

Retail Design, sponsored by Blooms Art 

Hyphen and Portview Fit-Out for LUSH Liverpool

Show Flats and Development, sponsored by Foglie D’oro

II BY IV DESIGN for Ten York


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