Every week we highlight those Frame Awards projects 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 2 to 9 July 2021, shared with comments from the jury.

1. UNCOMMON STORE

Atelier.Archi@mosphere

Seoul’s Uncommon Store was designed to balance technological innovation with an immersive space (submitted for Light, currently scored at 6.63, and Multi-Brand Store). The totally automated, retro-futuristic store is powered by QR codes – scanning them provides a customized ‘untact’ experience based on stored data. Atelier.Archi@mosphere collaborated with AWS (Amazon Web Service) and Hyundai Group. Doris Sung, principal and director at DOSU Studio and director of undergraduate programmes at USC’s School of Architecture, says ‘it challenges the “common” user experience and method of shopping, and proposes a new type of shopping.’ ‘Whether it is how we should be shopping is besides the point.’

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2. COSMETEA STORE

Nax Architects

Nax Architects took inspiration from ‘view-framing’ techniques in Chinese garden design while creating the Cosmetea Store in Shanghai (6; Single-Brand Store). Glass bricks and metal interact with bright lighting, lending contrast and texture to the 75-sq- space. ‘There is something about this design that got me very quickly,’ shares Julio Kowalenko, cofounder at Atelier Caracas. ‘Although it is a colour and material palette that I’ve seen many times before, this project has a lot of interesting moments when it comes to construction details and the way materials are utilized.’

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3. SPACIOUS LOFT

Studio Karhard

Situated within a former car repair shop, this 280-sq-m Berlin residence (6; Large Apartment) was transformed into a space for a family of four by Studio Karhard. The workshop was divided in height to give way to new zoned areas for living and working. Much of the open-plan interior’s original character was retained, while updated with sustainable materials. ‘The showcasing of industrial materials are well presented against the white backdrop of the floors, walls and ceiling,’ notes Sung. ‘Combined with the surrounding artwork, the result is a very livable space.’

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4. ST. JOHNS STUDIO

Beebe Skidmore Architects 

St. Johns Studio is a Small Office (9) in Portland, Oregon. Beebe Skidmore Architects turned the original space, a mid-century soap factory, into a ‘healthy workplace designed for thinking, comfort and focus.’ Unified with the surrounding area, the 1,575-sq-ft rectangular concrete block structure was repaired, waterproofed, insulated and seismically upgraded to achieve current standards. ‘This stubbornly sympathetic renovation has created a magical contrast between inside and out,’ comments Nathan Watts, creative director at Interstore. ‘It’s calm, healthy and true to its origin.

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5. COMPANION HEYTEA PET FRIENDLY THEME STORE

UNI Design Studio 

Considering Shenzhen’s migrant majority, UNI Design Studio devised the Heytea Pet-Friendly Theme Store (6.08; Restaurant) as a space for connection and companionship. Designed to bring people and pets together – and connect them with others, too – seating can be adjusted so that smaller spaces open up to form larger group areas. Pets are catered for outside in the fresh air through custom-designed furniture and facilities, including a parking station, waste disposal and seating. Sung mentions that the project only ‘starts to touch on’ the positive aspects of factoring in pets when it comes to the design of public spaces and ‘falls short of making more clever statements about the cultural condition.’

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