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City & Country: MIID Award entries ‘broad and rich’

THIS year’s Malaysian Institute of Interior Design (MIID) Reka Awards 2013 saw 136 entries for its 11 categories. The categories are public and institutional, leisure and entertainment, food and beverage, corporate offices, hospitality (hotels, lobbies and public spaces), hospitality (rooms), retail and exhibition, residential (houses), residential (apartments and condominiums), residential (show units) and student’s work. A large number of entries were handed in on the last two days before the awards’ closing date.

The judges included Chan Seong Aun, president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects; Ronnie S B Choong, president of MIID; Lim Hock Huat, an established interior design practitioner and designer; and Chris Yap, director and convenor of MIID Reka Awards 2013.

According to Lim, the awards are a worthwhile effort in yielding a “broad and rich” range of entries.

“Quite a number of entries were submitted by established firms which have been consistently implementing great designs and quality architecture and designs,” he says.

Choong says the entries are of high standard in terms of design ability, and when compared with the designs available in the region, they are among the best. However, he adds that they need more originality.

Chan is optimistic about the entries this year, saying that there are flashes of brilliance in design and interpretation in the students’ works.

“Overall, the future looks bright for the interior designers, and the leap to the international arena does not seem far-fetched,” he says.

However, Lim also adds that there are no surprises or paradigm shifts in graphics, just “quite good drawings”. “However, there is no ‘eureka experience’ among the entries. The students’ works seem to have stagnated and only a few show serious and meaningful proposals.”

THIS year’s Malaysian Institute of Interior Design (MIID) Reka Awards 2013 saw 136 entries for its 11 categories. The categories are public and institutional, leisure and entertainment, food and beverage, corporate offices, hospitality (hotels, lobbies and public spaces), hospitality (rooms), retail and exhibition, residential (houses), residential (apartments and condominiums), residential (show units) and student’s work. A large number of entries were handed in on the last two days before the awards’ closing date.

The judges included Chan Seong Aun, president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects; Ronnie S B Choong, president of MIID; Lim Hock Huat, an established interior design practitioner and designer; and Chris Yap, director and convenor of MIID Reka Awards 2013.

According to Lim, the awards are a worthwhile effort in yielding a “broad and rich” range of entries.

“Quite a number of entries were submitted by established firms which have been consistently implementing great designs and quality architecture and designs,” he says.

Choong says the entries are of high standard in terms of design ability, and when compared with the designs available in the region, they are among the best. However, he adds that they need more originality.

Chan is optimistic about the entries this year, saying that there are flashes of brilliance in design and interpretation in the students’ works.

“Overall, the future looks bright for the interior designers, and the leap to the international arena does not seem far-fetched,” he says.

However, Lim also adds that there are no surprises or paradigm shifts in graphics, just “quite good drawings”. “However, there is no ‘eureka experience’ among the entries. The students’ works seem to have stagnated and only a few show serious and meaningful proposals.”

Corporate office
There is only a silver award winner in this category — Mind Valley’s corporate office by PDI Design Associates Sdn Bhd. Its interior designer is Ooi Boon Seong, appointed by Mind Valley LC. The headquarters of the online publishing group was designed specifically to best complement the company’s expertise in culture hacking and toeing the line between work and play.
Public and institutional
The shortlisted entry for this category is Glad Tidings Vision Centre by Archicentre Sdn Bhd. The interior designer is Dr Tan Loke Mun, appointed by Pioneer Energy Sdn Bhd. This 23,125 sq m building was envisioned as an iconic landmark. Its form is made up of carefully wrought materials and finishes.
Hospitality (hotels, lobbies and public spaces)
There is no gold or silver award winner in this category, and only one mention of a shortlisted entry — Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur by ZDR Sdn Bhd. Its interior designer is Noor Azam Othman, who is doing work for Daito Asia Development Sdn Bhd. Undulating patterns on the ceiling are a homage to the topography of Kuala Lumpur, incorporating discovery elements such as embossed poetry intertwined to create texture and movement.
Food and beverage (restaurants and bars)
There are two winners for this category. Lids & Finch in Damansara Heights by The Box Interior Architecture Sdn Bhd took the gold award. Its interior designer is Teo Kui Soon, appointed Cookie Monster Enterprise. The café’s hues and shades of black and white provide the best backdrop for the window displays.
Hospitality (rooms)
The silver award is won by Westin Hotel & Resort Langkawi, designed by ZDR Sdn Bhd. Its interior designer is Noor Azam Othman, appointed Eagle High Properties Sdn Bhd. The hotel is designed to provide an indulgent gateway and self renewal, complete with spacious rooms and suites.
Hospitality (rooms)
The silver award is won by Westin Hotel & Resort Langkawi, designed by ZDR Sdn Bhd. Its interior designer is Noor Azam Othman, appointed Eagle High Properties Sdn Bhd. The hotel is designed to provide an indulgent gateway and self renewal, complete with spacious rooms and suites.
Retail and exhibition
St Mary’s School Museum by Ngiom Partnership took the silver award. Its interior designer is Dr Lim Teng Ngiom, appointed by SMK St Mary. The museum was borne out the love for an old school that was demolished and rebuilt in another location. The project is a narrative of memory, spirit and soul, and its spaces are an effective creation of visual memory without the big expense and big play of architecture.

Residential (houses)
The silver award goes to No 18 House by Dr Tan L M Architect. Its interior designer is Dr Tan Loke Mun, appointed by Kwan Foh Kwai. The home is a sustainable abode for a large family with generous open living space to entertain guests and private parties customised to each family member’s requirements.
Residential (apartment and condominiums)
The shortlisted entry for this category is Seni Residence by PDI Design & Associates Sdn Bhd. Its interior designer is Ooi Boon Seong, appointed by Vishen Lakhiani and Kristina. The unit is best designed for its quirk and composure for a couple with a young son. It is a single-level space with eclectic elements applied to aptly reflect the owners’ background, of whom the wife is an art connoisseur from Europe.

Student’s work
The gold award for this category goes to Lam Choon Sam from the Malaysian Institute of Art for the design of The Architecture and Design Library. The site, which was originally designed as an office building, was later converted into a mixed-use development with most of the units being transformed into food and beverage outlets. The concept for the design was to create a space that would be a stimulus for Malaysian designers to adopt a creative and innovative mindset.

The silver award goes to Ng Kar Chian, also from the Malaysian Institute of Art, for the design of the Environmental Awareness Park. The design is to establish a mimicry in terms of the relationship between the internal spaces and nature by providing sufficient green zone in order for this experience to be a reality. These spaces support and promote interaction between human and animal life, leading to the enhancement of human behavioural patterns and an improvement in lifestyle quality.

 

This article first appeared in The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on October 28, 2013.

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