Five projects shortlisted in IDEA 2021

Langdon Coffee Merchants, Cubic head office, Café Lafayette, Herston Biofabrication Institute, and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne Connect have all been shortlisted in the 2021 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

Launched by inside magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 13 categories and six Special Awards.

Langdon Coffee Marchants, Melbourne, has been shortlisted in the Workplace Under 1000 sqm category and is a new workplace and coffee roasting facility housed in a heritage pre-war brick warehouse. Our first step for this project was to strip it back to its bare bones and rectify only what needed to be rectified. Otherwise all imperfections, layers and quirks within the walls were left alone and celebrated. 

Also shortlisted in the Workpalce Under 1000 sqm category is Cubic’s new head office in Sydney. The project personifies founder, Robert Migliorino’s constant pursuit of perfection in the construction of high-quality interiors, and features spaces for collaborative teamwork, diverse meeting rooms and more focused settings, as well as a social heart of the building – the democratic hub space.

Located in a 150-year-old converted warehouse, Café Lafayette balances the legacy of the bluestone and red brick laneway of Melbourne’s industrial past with an inserted kaleidoscopic interior that celebrates not only the vibrant food of today but also the heritage of the city’s food culture. It’s been shortlisted in the Hospitality category. 

Both Herston Biofabrication Institute and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne Connect have been shortlisted in the Institutional category. 

Herston Biofabrication Institute is the first of its kind – advancing knowledge and technology in 3D scanning, modelling and printing of medical devices, bone and human tissue. Its design creates a layered, transparent and collaborative setting that showcases technology and allows patients to feel at ease in beautiful, sophisticated surroundings.

Our big idea for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne Connect was its vertical library’, which was used as a concept to reinforce the aspirations of the University of Melbourne and the faculty for the centre to be a connected hub aspiring to learn, share, innovate and celebrate its place as a global leader and local driver in engineering and information technology.

More information on the awards and all the shortlisted projects can be found here.

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