Today we bring you another category of the Frame Awards nominees. The awards honour the best interior design projects and those that created them, whether they are designers, architects or hospitality providers. The category of Craftsmanship is just one of the 36 awards given on February 20th.
Located on the center of Amsterdam’s Zeeburgereiland and with an eyeline to the Ij River, Freebooter consists of two, two-bedroom apartments of 120m2 each. Sensitive to Dutch history, customs and culture, the project took as its starting point the Netherlands’ maritime past, becoming a modern-day “ship on land”, with references to wind, water and sail. The main materials of the build, like a ship’s hull, were limited to wood, steel and glass.
As well as acknowledging Dutch innovation and the nations’ pioneering nature, it was the spirit of the Freebooter that GG-loop sought to bring to the apartments, assembling a highly skilled team of craftsmen and carpenters to help realize the vision. One of the most important features is its use of light. A year-round study of light conditions generates the optimal shape and positioning of the louvers, enabling maximum distribution of light while allowing for an appropriate level of privacy.
Little Shelter Hotel
The design of Little Shelter is a contemporary interpretation of Northern Thai vernacular architecture, particularly on creating dialogue between old and new materials. While the traditional wood shingles are used on the roof and side walls, front and river-side facades are made of industrial polycarbonate sheets cut into shingles, fixing with translucent studs and special transparent screws. These uninterrupted translucency architectural surfaces delicately reflect the lush surrounding, create dramatic light condition for interior spaces, and become a glowing lantern at night.
The guest room interior is a place to rediscover Chiang Mai in a new angle, literally. “Looking-up” images of important places and cultural events of Chiang Mai are placed on the entire ceiling, infinitely reflected onto the two long walls cladded with small mirror acrylic shingles, giving a surreal borderless impression. The images are all different for each room, emanating different and unique feeling suitable for any preferences of the guests. Little Shelter is not only a place to sleep. It is an introduction of the past, the present, and probably the future of Chiang Mai to its visitors.
Chuan’s Kitchen II
Chuan’s Kitchen II, which takes both the Sichuan Yingjing’s black earthenware and mined soil materials from metro construction as the medium, is an experimental restaurant built upon the contemporary experiment of traditional folk art. To explore the design application of a typical manufacturing element from the practice, the studio used earthenware gaskets [a sealing device used to separate coal and greenware in the kiln] as the primary source of decoration. Made from the same material – white clay and anthracite – as finished products like utensils and cooking pots, the functional gaskets typically get discarded after seven or so firing processes.
The studio extracted the gaskets and used them to interlace and weave arcs into huge chain nets that connect with vertical iron walls enclosing the external façade and two dining areas. Working in unison, the effect is powerful: standing at over 20-m tall, the walls create a sense of impressive visual weight. The gaskets also have their place overhead, as the studio was able to customize them into pendant lamps.
Companies that handle seafood from Awaji Island and nearby sea. A fresh fish and fish dish shop that was opened to provide households with marine products that do not normally appear in the Japanese market. Because the main role is fresh fish from Awaji Island and local area. The wonderful sea around Awaji Island is expressed in the whole space.
The layout is centered on the wooden utensils so that they can be seen from the outside. The fixtures stand like a ship floating in the sea, and the floor is exposed-aggregate finish, creating a wave. Sea waves are also expressed on the ceiling with plaster. Because the selected fish lined up, the brass store name sign is expressed as one item that pours down from the ceiling = sea.
BingDing Wood Kiln
Porcelain is deeply ingrained in Jingdezhen’s history. The name wood kiln comes from the local preference for using the reddish timber from Horsetail pines for fuel. Industrial technologies, environmental protection requirements and new ways of firing the pottery have greatly impacted the industry and left the technique vulnerable to extinction. So AZL’s client, the 70-year-old practitioner Yu Hezhu, began to learn how to complete the kiln building in 2014 from the master before him – there are no blueprints or written documents for the process, and he worried it would get lost in time.
Yet Hezhu’s team and the government don’t just aim to keep the enigmatic history of the wood kiln safe with the project: they also hope it will generate new opportunities for rural craftsmanship inheritance and economic development in the area.
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