Every week we highlight those submissions which have been frequented by our readers and jury, in the lead up to the reveal of Interiors of the Month winners and honourable mentions. Here are the five most-viewed spaces between 26 March and 2 April 2021, shared with comments left by the March jury members.

Photos: Gottingham

1. HOTEL KIRO HIROSHIMA

Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects

Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects took a historical approach to restoring the former hospital building that now houses Hotel Kiro Hiroshima (7.23; Hotel). The aesthetic makes use of the interior’s clinical past, balancing cold finishes and surfaces with warm furnishings and upholstery. A rehabilitation pool was transformed into a lounge and bar, while the rest of the Hiroshima hotel is occupied by loft- and Japanese-style rooms that suit the varying needs of guests. ‘This is conceptually very interesting as it is difficult to carry the intellectual weight of turning a hospital into a hotel,’ comments Nasim Köerting, head of design at The Office Group. ‘The architecture suits the interior perfectly.’

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Photos: Hideki Makiguchi

2. ETHICUS THELEEMA

Wataru Tanabe Studio

A café-cum-exhibition-space, Ethicus Theleema (6.46; Restaurant) is located in an area of Shizuoka, Japan populated by many holiday homes. Wataru Tanabe Studio’s client sought a hospitality hub for neighbouring residents to gather and view works by local artisans. The designers developed the L-shaped interior as a ‘single white cube room’, studding the layout with round-shaped stands, logs, natural stones and mortar lumps that can be used as both furniture and display fixtures. Anne-Laure Pingreoun, founder and curator at Alter-Projects, says: ‘Really nice concept and design – it is just lacking warmth. I would also be worried about the soundproofing element of the space as it is quite bare.’

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Photos: Edward Begley

3. TIME OUT MARKET MONTRÉAL

GH+A Design Studios

Spanning 3,800 sq-m, Montreal’s Time Out Market is situated on the second floor of a shopping complex in the Canadian city. The Restaurant (5.63) features 16 food offerings, three bars, a demo kitchen, cooking school, retail shop and performance area. GH+A Design Studios pursued a soft industrial look for the oculus-shaped space, using wood and a dark palette to effectively demarcate the space from the surrounding bright white shopping centre and offices. Creative director and designer Martijn Hoogendijk misses a sense of variety that would reflect the diversity of food options. ‘There is no visual distinction,’ he says, ‘making it feel like a giant mensa – a nice-looking mensa, though.’

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Photos: Thomas de Bruyne / Cafeine

4. SNEAKER DISTRICT AMSTERDAM

Barde + VanVoltt

Sneaker District Amsterdam is a small split-level store (5.44; Multi-Brand Store) with an interactive mechanical shoe display that can fit over 50 pairs, installed against a concrete wall and flanked by LED lighting. Produced in partnership with the Delft University of Technology and Stalen Gasten, the bespoke carousel invites visitors to browse in a new way. For the interior’s material and colour palettes, the team at Barde + VanVoltt was inspired by the Dutch capital city and the aging process of sneakers. ‘I’m not a “sneaker head”, but it feels like too many individual ideas stood in the way of a balanced and impactful store design,’ thinks Hoogendijk.

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Photos: Chasing Wang

5. THE EXCHANGE BAR

Nong Studio

Shanghai’s Blackstone Apartment building marks the ‘modern architectural classics of Shanghai with an eclectic style’, a distinguished 1930s ambience Nong Studio sought to embrace with the design of its Exchange Bar (6.04; Bar). References to that heyday are rife in the vault-like bar, from a whiskey-filled golden turntable and various baroque details to antique bonds and an area adorned in abacus beads. Photographer Shao Feng notes: ‘The design has the possibility of replicating reality, and it also has the dimension of a completely fictitious replica.’ He continues that it confirms ‘design is a paradox formed around the relationship between “existence” and “appearance”.’

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We will announce the March winner and honourable mentions on 6 April, during our Live Judging session. Jury members will share their insights and takeaways from the month. You can register for the Zoom event here.