MAASTRICHT – After months of waiting and anticipation, the winners of The Great Indoors Award 2015 Forever Now were finally revealed beneath a cascade of pink-hued light within a converted church-cum-dazzling disco.
Causing quite the stir in the Concentrate & Collaborate category – and in water cooler conversations in offices since its debut – Dutch studio RAAAF's The End of Sitting installation conceived in collaboration with visual artist Barbara Visser. Opened to visitors of Amsterdam's Looiersgracht gallery for a public test run earlier this year, the concept shocks open-plan office environments and ergonomic chairs around the world with a terrain of nondescript geometric blocks conducive to leaning, lounging and reclining while working.
Sweeping the Serve & Facilitate category with an open-minded hotel for tourists and refugees in Vienna, Austrian firm AllesWirdGut Architects. Bringing a healthy dose of today's reality to hospitality, the Magdas Hotel Wien hosts and employs refugees of the ongoing Syrian crisis.
Fitting right into Rebelle Maastricht's shower of pink illumination, India Mahdavi's London eatery: The Gallery at Sketch. Plastered with quirky drawings by David Shrigley, the restaurant's pink walls and copper accents squeal modern basserie dripping with 1920s Hollywood glamour. Emulating rows of marshmallows, blushing armchairs inject diners with candy-coated comfort.
Literally raising the bar in the Show & Sell category by stacking hundreds of concrete plates and dishes atop each other, Japanese architect Yusuke Seki gives traditional Hasami ceramics the platform they deserve at the Maruhiro flagship store in Nagasaki. In case you were wondering, yes they are clean and no, it's not your flatmate's turn to clean the dishes.
A 3D printed trophy illustrating the signature logo for The Great Indoors Award 2015 was given to each category winner to celebrate the biennial event while doubling as a floral vessel for now and forever.
The Great Indoors is an initiative of Marres, house for contemporary culture, Bureau Europa / platform for architecture, and Frame magazine. The Great Indoors 2015 is made possible by the City of Maastricht and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.