BCI Asia Interior Design Awards (IDA) 2020 seeks to recognise exceptionally aesthetic and functional interior designs. This competition is not only an opportunity to showcase creative ideas but also to raise awareness of socially, economically, environmentally, and ethically responsible designs.
This competition is for projects that were completed between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019, with seven categories: Offices, Retail, Residential, Institutions, Hotel, F&B and Recreational. Three competent judges were involved in the evaluation process, Tung Ching Yew from Singapore, Melisa Wong from New York and Mya Myitzu from Myanmar.
The ten winners will be announced later on. For now, allow us to present the seven merits of BCI Asia IDA 2020 competition:
MERIT | F&B CATEGORY | VIETNAM
Takashi Niwa Architects
Ippudo Vietnam is a restaurant situated at District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. The building is a result of a renovation project to convert a two-storey steel structure into a semi-outdoor space. The existing surroundings present an opportunity to create an eventful dining space. Greenery and wooden latticework are used as screens to provide privacy while offering a view from the dining space.
MERIT | HOTEL CATEGORY | VIETNAM
ALBA WELLNESS RESORT
Alba Wellness Resort is the outcome of the renovation of an old hotel built on the valley of Truong Son Mountains. Located 30 kilometres north of Hue City, the hotel was nestled in a tropical forest with natural hot spring in. The goal was to reflect the surrounding environment—the rivers, the mountain, the nature and its therapeutic effects—on the design and architecture.
MERIT | RESIDENTIAL CATEGORY | VIETNAM
NH Village for Architectural Design Company Ltd
The increasing demands of residential spaces have led to rapid development of high-rise apartments in Vietnam cities, but the layouts are often lacking functionality so owners often need to renovate before they move in. The designers further claimed that the trend in Vietnam emphasises aesthetics but overlooks functionality. C2-Apartment aims to bring about changes to the current Vietnamese market.
MERIT | INSTITUTIONS CATEGORY | THAILAND
CLASSROOM MAKEOVER FOR THE BLIND
The makeover project was conceived to provide a new learning environment to supplement the school’s programme. The new facility is conceived as a new multi-sensory cube finished in a vibrant mix of materials and texture, inserted in place of the existing library.
MERIT | HOTEL CATEGORY | VIETNAM
LEGACY YEN TU – MGALLERY
Tung Lam Development JSC
Legacy Yen Tu – MGallery is a hotel/resort located in Yen Tu mountain, at 1,068 metres above sea level, which is near the UNESCO World heritage site of Ha Long Bay. The site is historically rich as it was the location where King Tran Nhan Tong established Truc Lam Buddhism. Designed by resort-specialist, Bill Bensley, the hotel aims to reflect its heritage and spirituality values; hence involving the use of traditional building plans and materials, such as calligraphic wooden slabs and outdoor patio living area.
MERIT | HOTEL CATEGORY | MALAYSIA
THE PRESTIGE HOTEL
Ministry of Design Pte Ltd
The Prestige Hotel is located 25 minutes from Penang’s international airport, in an area that is culturally and contextually rich. The ground floor of the large building block is allocated for retail stores and dining and the first floor to fourth floor for hotel rooms and amenities. As a new building, The Prestige Hotel has to adhere to Penang’s city planning guidelines that require newly built architecture to assimilate into the surrounding historic context. To fulfill this requirement, the hotel adopts a classic style but with a twist that makes it look modern at the same time.
MERIT | F&B CATEGORY | INDONESIA
Kisaku is a coffee and social space located in the heart of Jakarta’s CBD, targeting workers as its market. The place is a transformation of an old and humble one storey house into an open and welcoming coffee shop. Simplicity is created by eliminating interior decoration and bringing out the aesthetics value from the composition of architectural space and form, and the minimalist details.