David Kohn Architects’ Carrer Avinyo apartment in Barcelona has been crowned the best interior design of 2013 at the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors awards in Singapore. The World Interior of the Year design was announced after beating 55 other nominations to the prize.
The refurbishment of the apartment in Barcelona’s gothic quarter features an open plan living room, bathroom and three bedrooms – two-stacked one above the other with a third joined by an elevated mezzanine level. Kohn remodelled the space and removed partition walls to create a pied-à-terre for his clients, two brothers, who had lived there for some time.
“David Kohn Architects has maximised the tight, acute floor plan, consequently evoking a sense of theatrical delight.” says INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors. “Scales have been cleverly manipulated. The specially made tiled floor references a triangular public square nearby with a tessellated pattern progressively graduating with 25 colours, while the furniture elements – including the library and elevated bedrooms – create an architecture inside the room.”
“The project has a quality we set out to find today, that is the quality of magic.” says Head Judge, Nigel Coates. “Spanning extremes of scale, it has become a suitcase you can sleep in but also a place for celebration and entertainment. The newly achieved large central room combines simplicity with a sense of space that stimulates curiosity.”
“The jury debated extensively where architecture ends and interiors begin. We thoroughly support the potential for these two worlds to cross into one another’s professional territory, but some of the entries seemed not to capitalise on the special skills that are evident in [the] prize-winning scheme.”