Dutch sustainability, Asian innovation: insights from the Frame Awards nominations

Circl by DoepelStrijkers, nominated for the Sustainability Award

Selected from nearly 900 submissions, the Frame Awards 2018 nominees cover the spectrum of non-residential interiors and reveal the most cutting-edge designs across the globe. The five nominees in each category reveal a new era of design with notable themes that place the Dutch at the forefront of sustainability and reveal tech companies to be paving the way in progressive workspaces. A significant portion of projects by and for Asian companies were selected across all categories, suggesting a fundamental shift in the global dynamic where the continent is taking its place as a leader of novelty and innovation in architecture and design.

Notably, Hong Kong-based design studio One Plus Partnership sweeps the Cinema of the Year category, with five bold nominated designs that give movie buffs a reason to visit the cinema in the age of downloads and streaming. Each cinema features bold sculptural and graphic elements that add playfulness and dynamic character.

Wuhan Wushang Mall Cinema by One Plus Partnership Limited, nominated for Cinema of the Year

One Plus Partnership is joined by other nominees from Asia including Joey Ho, Linehouse, Go Hasegawa, and Ryoji Iedokoro – whose design for the Nikunotoriko restaurant in Tokyo was nominated for a Frame Award in a record-breaking total of three separate categories.

Yoshino Cedar House by Airbnb Samara Design Studio with Go Hasegawa, nominated for the Social Award

Meanwhile, in the field of green architecture and design, Dutch studios prove the strongest with three of the five nominated works coming from the Netherlands. Projects such as the People’s Pavilion and Circl set a new standard for environmental consciousness, using recycled or borrowed materials and demonstrating that sustainability is more than just a buzz word.

People's Pavilion by Overtreders W & Bureau Sla, nominated for the Sustainability Award

Perhaps unsurprisingly, when it comes to workplace design the IT industry reigns supreme. Software developers and technology companies such as Uber, Dropbox, and Pinterest are leveraging open-plan offices that offer their employees so much more than just a desk. These businesses have successfully scaled their casual start-up atmospheres to large offices which reflect the progressive nature of the industry.

Pinterest HQ by IwamotoScott Architecture with Brereton Architects, nominated for Large Office of the Year

Find the full list of nominees on the Frame Awards website, and cast your vote for the best in each category from now until 20 February.

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