Every week we highlight those Frame Awards projects which have been frequented by our readers and jury, in the lead up to the reveal of Interiors of the Month winners and honourable mentions. Here are the five most-viewed spaces between 4 to 11 June 2021, shared with comments from the jury.

1. SONY MUSIC BERLIN

Studio Karhard 

Submitted for Best Use of Light (7.25) and Large Office (7.5), Sony’s 7,800-sq-m Berlin headquarters is both a workspace and music production studio. Acoustics were naturally a high priority in the project, as well as the lighting scheme, which is used as a decorative design element. The layout is open plan, studded by multifunctional meeting rooms and communication boxes; a main cafeteria is not just used for conventional purposes but also as a presentation and event space. Studio Karhard describes the aesthetic of the design concept as ‘glamour punk’. ‘Great working space,’ comments Lucky Fox chief creative officer Jason Traves. ‘The lighting scheme really adds impact.’

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Photos: Stijn Bollaert

2. OFFICE PUUR INTERIORARCHITECTS

PUUR Interiorarchitects

The Antwerp Small Office of PUUR Interiorarchitects (7.25) is inspired by the atmosphere of Venice’s Arsenale complex, where the city’s art and architecture biennale is held. Raw and unfinished building materials define the space, located in the Belgian city’s meatpacking district. Every architectural feature that was newly added is treated like an object or installation within the industrial environment. A transparent steel-and-glass volume is contrasted by a wooden structure; these features provide the office with its defined areas. Sustainability, from the selection of wood to the furniture, played an integral role in the execution.

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Photos: Peter Dixie

3. BOTH CONCEPT STORE

Desfa Group Inc.

Parisian footwear brand Both’s Beijing concept store (6.75; Best Use of Material) explores the use of rubber, mirroring the label’s material focus. Desfa Group Inc. utilized fit-outs and shop furniture to highlight rubber’s characteristic qualities – part of the space, in fact, is encompassed by a cubicle structure built from 2,000 orange rubber shoelaces suspended from a perforated metal structure. A central column within is clad in mirrors to accentuate the image of endless shoelaces. The designers balanced this immersive use of rubber with natural wood veneer and mirror-finished stainless steel panels, to soften the design.

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Photos: Ming Chen

4. VANKE UNIVERSE ART MUSEUM

SC-Pone

While the Vanke Universe Art Museum in Wuhan is indeed a Single-Brand Store (6.57, submitted in the December 2020 round of Interiors of the Month), it’s framed rather as an all-inclusive art space targeted at community regeneration. SC-Pone aimed to enrichen the experience by emphasizing the art itself rather than sales in the four-level, 3,600-sq-m building. It comprises a brand exhibition hall and showroom among other functional areas. ‘Beautiful and artistic,’ Hans J Galutera, founder and CEO of HG DesignWorks, calls the sculptural interior. ‘The use of expressive structure is wonderfully articulated. There is also an understanding of materiality and architecture that permeates throughout the spaces.’

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5. TORANOMON YOKOCHO

Suppose Design Office

Suppose Design Office’s Toranomon Yokocho (6.5; Bar) – a Tokyo food hall with 26 vendors – recreates the Japanese alleyways packed with izakayas, bars and eateries. Establishing a systematic space for rich experiences their key focus, the team created small buildings with different roof heights, alleyways and open spaces for each of the resident brands, communicating the importance of gathering. They describe the project as a ‘mechanism of hopping stores’, with the ‘fun street’ that makes the system achievable.

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