01 Oct 2020 • Frame Awards
And our first-ever Interior of the Month award goes to . . . Heatherwick Studio’s Maggie’s Leeds healthcare centre
We are pleased to share that the wait is over: with September past, our first-ever Interior of the Month has been named, along with four honourable mentions.
Our 15-strong jury concluded that Maggie's Leeds – a charity that provides practical and emotional support to cancer patients in the UK city, built by Heatherwick Studio – was the most impressive of hundreds of submitted projects for the inaugural Interiors of the Month award. It is in the company of four honourable mentions which have been acknowledged for the categories of Best Use of Material, Large Apartment, Exhibition and Best Use of Light.
Heatherwick Studio’s winning space is located on the campus of Leeds’s St James’s University Hospital, a 462-sq-m healthcare centre that champions wellness and nature through its design. The curvaceous wooden interior – prefabricated from sustainably forested spruce – has concentrated nooks of greenery and the structure sports a rooftop garden where visitors are encouraged to participate in caring for the on-site plants. These biophilic elements are paired successfully with the many material features which were thought out to, in the team’s words, ‘avoid any hallmarks of a clinical healthcare environment’ in the centre.
Mohawk Group’s A&D design director Royce Epstein called it an ‘outstanding project’, saying that, as a cancer survivor herself, she ‘appreciates all of the thoughtful and considerate details that consider the patient experience.’ ‘Everything from the materials, colour palette, soft and human touches, and the form of the space feels nurturing and aspirational for wellness.’ Fellow jury members, Lavazza's Florian Seidl and Bernardon's Shannon Pringle, celebrated how the building embraces and reinforces the surrounding green space on the campus rather than taking away from it. Submitted in the category of Healthcare Centre, it earned a chart-topping score of 8.88 out of 10 in the voting process.
Those projects highly commended by the jury include UABB Longgang Exhibition Hall in Shenzhen by Atelier XI (which earned scores of 7.91 for Best Use of Light and 7.84 for Exhibition, respectively), Gusto 501, a bar and restaurant constructed from terracotta and steel in Toronto by Partisans (7.89 for Best Use of Material) and the bright, industrial SCH52 Loft in Berlin (7.65 for Large Apartment) by Batek Architekten. The first, a massive air conditioner factory transformed into an exhibition venue for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, utilized a 250-m-long light installation for wayfinding, display and atmosphere. Like Maggie’s Centre, Gusto 501 and the SCH52 Loft, the UABB Exhibition Hall will go on to be a contender in the Frame Awards 2021 annual awards programme.
On 6 October, our September jury will join to kick-off a monthly series of public live-judging sessions on Zoom, sharing their opinions about the winning project and honourable mentions and imparting important industry insights (sign up here). Already curious about what’s in store for the next round? Learn more about our October jury here, and stay updated with our Awards page – new projects are published daily.
Architects and designers, there will be a chance every month to win an award in the lead up to the annual Frame Awards ceremony in June 2021. Submit your project today to be amongst a growing platform of the world's best spaces.