The 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards have been announced.

A waterfront property in Darling Point designed by Sydney architects Chenchow Little took out the Premier Award, the competition’s top honour.

Darling Point Apartment

Image: Peter Bennetts

Darling Point Apartment is adorned from floor to ceiling in American oak, and houses more than 25 paintings and pieces of art.

“Darling Point Apartment is an inspirational piece of interior design that is both innovative and excellent,” the jury said.

Darling Point Apartment

Peter Bennetts

Queensland did claim one of the top gongs on offer, however. Cox Rayner Architects, a Brisbane firm, was recognised for their work on the Queensland Museum refurbishment, sharing the award for ‘Interior Design Impact’ with Breathe Architecture’s work on The Commons multiresidential development in Melbourne.

“The two projects are quite different, yet parallels exist in the impact they have generated,” the jury said.

Queensland Museum Refurbishment

Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

“Each project has been embraced by users; positively impacted the wider community; embraced a business model to drive a positive design outcome and generate ongoing projects; achieved sustainability on environmental, social and fiscal levels; and created engaging spaces people want to be in.”

The North Lakes Office Fitout — by Brisbane firms Nielsen Workshop and Morgan Jenkins Architecture — won awards for Sustainability Advancement and Workplace Design.

“The North Lakes Office Fitout is a transformational project that creates an inspiring interior within an uninspiring building envelope,” the jury said.

“The designers clearly manipulated volume to create varying workplace settings and experiences, creatively overcoming restrictions relating to building enclosure, budget and the surrounding industrial estate. The project signals unprecedented possibilities for workplace interior design, regardless of constraints. It reinvents tilt-slab construction and turns convention on its head.”

North Lakes Office Fitout

Image: Camera Obscura

The winners of the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards are:

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design — Darling Point Apartment (Chenchow Little)
Award for Interior Design Impact — The Commons (Breathe Architecture) & Queensland Museum Refurbishment (Cox Rayner Architects)
Sustainability Advancement Award — North Lakes Office Fitout (Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture)
Retail Design — 1888 Certified (TomMarkHenry)
Hospitality Design — Alex Hotel (Arent&Pyke with Spaceagency)
Public Design — Our Lady of Assumption (BVN)
Workplace Design — North Lakes Office Fitout (Nielsen Workshop & Morgan Jenkins Architecture)
Installation Design — My Zinc Red / Blood Bank (Stukel Stone)
Residential Decoration — Theodore Treehouse (Studiobird)
Residential Design — Fitzroy Loft (Architects EAT) & Darling Point Apartment (Chenchow Little)
Emerging Interior Design Practice — We Are Huntly
Best of State — Commercial Design and Residential Design

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