The annual Australian Interior Design Awards were announced last week in Sydney, with the Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation going to Adrian Amore Architects' Loft Apartment in West Melbourne.

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence. The awards are backed by the Design Institute of Australia, which represents Australian designers.

The 2014 top prize went to Loft Apartment, a renovation project housed in a former butter factory in West Melbourne. A sculptural central staircase is the key feature of the proposal, twisting dramatically and soaring up to a recreational roof terrace which overlooks the city.

Loft Apartment West Melbourne

Loft Apartment in West Melbourne by Adrian Amore Architects.

The apartment stands out for its fresh interpretation of design and unique qualities that step away from common trends, forging new ground in residential interior design.

“Generated from a concept primarily focused on its interior, the apartment possesses a sculptural quality -made evident through the central staircase- that is ethereal and sophisticated in its execution. The exquisite furniture selection within the apartment complements the calm and serene spatial atmosphere, while bold joinery pieces cleverly define spaces,” the jury said.

Loft Apartment West Melbourne

Loft Apartment

Multidisciplinary design firm Acme & Co. earned first prize in the Emerging Interior Design Practice category for two different projects: The Incinerator and the FiftyFive5, both in NSW.

The Willoughby Incinerator building was an extraordinary example of Australian Industrial Heritage, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Eric Milton Nicholls in 1934, which was transformed into a vibrant community café that pays homage to its past.

The Incinerator by Acme & Co.

The Incinerator by Acme & Co.

The FiftyFive5 design, meanwhile, transformed the upper level of an industrial warehouse located in Ultimo, an inner-city suburb of Sydney. Through a detailed analysis of the company’s identity and work process, the designers created an innovative working solution that enhanced their creative methods.

The jury said Acme & Co. showed a strong, consistent approach to design in both projects, including integrity and transparency of design thought found in the studio’s built work, and a careful and crafted design process when creating new work.

The Incinerator by Acme & Co.

The Incinerator by Acme & Co.

“Through a solution-focused attitude, the studio now has a portfolio of projects that exhibit innovation, consistency and attention to detail. From the work presented to the jury, Acme & Co displays an acute ability to respectfully combine new work with heritage structures, as seen in The Incinerator project,” the jury said.

The list of winners includes:

Premier Award, Interior Design Excellence and Innovation:
Loft Apartment, West Melbourne, by Adrian Amore Architects.

Sustainability Advancement Award:
Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar, by HASSELL.

Emerging Interior Design Practice:
Acme & Co.

Installation Design:
Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar, by HASSELL.

Hospitality Design:
Industry Beans, by Figureground Architecture.
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, by Pascale Gomes-McNabb.

Public Design:
Garangula Gallery, by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects.

Residential Design:
Loft Apartment, West Melbourne, by Adrian Amore Architects.

Residential Decoration:
The Avenue, by Arent & Pyke.

Retail Design:
Toni & Guy Salon Port Melbourne, by Travis Walton Architecture.
Zumbo Melbourne, by Elenberg Fraser.

Workplace Design:
Ansarada Office, by Those Architects and End of Work.