Winning entries submitted for the 2014 Herengracht Industrie Prijs, an initiative by Lensvelt HUB, were just unveiled in a festive ceremony in Amsterdam. The interior-focused projects were located in the Netherlands and constructed by Dutch architecture and interior design firms. Built within the past three years, the 220 works were a diverse sampling of innovative buildings with an emphasis on design. Jury members included Adri Vlasblom of Elle Decoration, Arjen Ribbens of NRC and Jeroen Junte of de Volkskrant selected five projects which deserved mentions and awards.
Within a canal row house ballroom, Jeroen Junte presented the five shortlisted projects of the competition. Judges were impressed by Piet Boon's design for Restaurant 'The Jane' Antwerp in Belgium which harmoniously merged old with new elements with a unique flair. Previously a military chapel, the revamped space wraps a show-stopping chandelier by PSLAB. An altar turned kitchen completes the beautiful transformation. Unfortunately, the building's Blegium location knocked The Jane from receiving the H.I.P. award but judges were too impressed to exclude it from any mentions.
The Bank by Rijnboutt in Amsterdam's Rembrandtplein received a mention as well, maintaining the exterior and updating the interior an iconic monument of the city. Polished stone, copper and glass distinguish the project with illuminated and inviting interiors which maintain Dutch grandeur. Inside the recently completed De Rotterdam building, the Nhow Hotel by OMA features 278 rooms generating the largest hotel in the city of Rotterdam. Concrete ceilings contrast transparent shower enclosures and TV's embedded within glass partitions. The luxurious design is met with an affordable room price of 90 euros. Merk-X stretched a limited budget within a leased space for Rutgers & Posch's lawyer office. Patterned textiles within a balanced colour palette emerges amidst vintage furnishings.
Designed by Amsterdam-based i29 architects, the recently opened pop-up Frame Store in the historic Felix Meritis building received the H.I.P. trophy, an object designed by Joep van Lieshout. With a limited budget and fast-tracked schedule of four weeks, the configuration of mirrored boxes within the 18th century building is flexible and removable. Without attaching or altering the historic space, the solution is a clear concept which generates a special atmosphere. The ambition combined with the outcome has resulted in their selection by the jury.