Meet the latest Frame Awards Interior of the Month – Animal Adventure Island, a pared-back parent-child paradise that encourages kids to ‘learn while playing and play while learning’ – as well as the four runners-up receiving an honourable mention.

1. ANIMAL ADVENTURE ISLAND

Fenhom · URO

Architect and Interior designer Zhang Ying conceived the Animal Adventure Island in Meishan, China (7.22; Hotel), as a ‘parent-child paradise’. Encouraging kids to ‘learn while playing and play while learning’, the space is designed for exploration. Jury member Esin Karliova, founder and principal at Studio Karliova praises the project, which is full of muted colours and natural materials, for being ‘child-centric without being overwhelming’.

See more here.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

2. TEAHOUSE 5.8 TBILISI

Design Studio NAO

Design Studio NAO has turned a historical ruin in Tbisili into a 15-sq-m Japanese teahouse (6.93; Cultural Space). The studio held workshops with local architecture students to decide how to protect the Georgian landmark while incorporating Japanese culture. ‘As a result of the transformation, the old empty ruin has turned into a cultural exchange space between Japanese and Georgian people,’ say the designers. ‘It can be a challenge to create something impactful with muted colours and minimal materials,’ notes Karliova. ‘It can get lost or become mundane. This project is neither!’

See more here.

3. BABMAES STREET

Fathom Architects 

Fathom Architects retrofitted a disused building from the 1970’s as a hub for networking, events and wellbeing activities. Celebrating the raw concrete shell of the existing building and combining it with finely crafted interiors resulted in an urban sanctuary with a variety of spaces for people to connect and recharge. With its focus on wellbeing and social interaction, rather than desk-based tasks, the London workspace (6.9; Co-working Space) is responding to the changing nature of work in cities.

See more here.

4. HERBARIUM OF INTERIORS: A MILK BAR CURATED BY INDIA MAHDAVI

HEAD Genève

Curated by India Mahdavi and developed by Master students at HEAD Genève for Alcova Milano 2021, the Milk Bar (6.88;Exhibition) takes cues from Stanley Kubrick’s fictional Korova Bar in A Clockwork Orange (1971). It was used to display a series of naked lying caryatids serving breast milk. By ‘exploring the role of image culture in the construction of contemporary interiors,’ the work aimed to ‘reframe the boundaries of interior architecture through parallel image-space domains.’ María Callís Bañeres, president of the Retail Design Institute of Spain, calls the project ‘great design work from a thematic perspective.’

See more here.

5. MLC SCHOOL SENIOR CENTRE

BVN

The new Senior Centre at the MLC Burwood campus (6.82; Learning Space) is designed to allow for easy reconfiguration, thus enabling the building to respond to future teaching and learning models. Educational spaces are located around the perimeter of the building, with non-sectioned areas left open to provide flexibility for teaching requirements. A variety of different learning spaces - from enclosed teaching spaces to open collaborative learning spaces, science laboratories, seminar rooms and quiet rooms - provide staff and students with a flexible, contemporary site. Catalina Maldonado, sustainability and technology officer at Actilum, praises the project's non-hierarchical approach to space to promote dialogue.

See more here.