Held in Portugal from 1-3 December 2021 alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE 2021 shortlist is sure to sate the appetite for fresh ideas, inspiration, and beautiful interiors, revealing more than 100 of the very best designed bars, restaurants, hotels, workplaces, and homes by some of the world’s foremost design and architecture firms.

Whether it’s retail spaces that resemble luxury hotels, schools that echo workspaces, or offices that could double as art galleries, entries from across the 11 categories in this year’s shortlist, supported by Miele, subvert expectations and blur boundaries, showcasing the fluidity in today’s interior design trends.

Interior design projects in the Public Building category help re-envision the value design can bring to public life, with entries ranging from the bright and bold Memphis Group-inspired museum, Ya Space, by PIG Design, to Russia’s Ivanovo railroad station, refurbished by Faber Group to preserve its unique decorative elements and cultural heritage.

Poly Times Sales Center by Matrix Design | Courtesy: World Architecture Festival

Hotel category includes Opus, by Zaha Hadid Architects in Dubai, Nobu Hotel in Palo Alto, by Montalba Architects, and a capsule hotel in a village deep in the forest in Zhejiang province, China, to name a few. Amongst the Bars and Restaurants interior design projects Seven Dials Food Hall, by Stiff + Trevillion Architects in London, the Greek restaurant Ilios in Cancun, designed by Filipao Nunes Arquitectos.

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London workspace by Squire & Partners

For those lusting after office interiors following many months working from home, this year’s shortlisted Workplace projects include Goop’s California HQ, by Rapt Studio, Arup Sydney Offices, by Hassell, a flexible London workspace by Squire & Partners, and a readapted industrial building for a multi-disciplinary design practice in NSW, Australia.

The Gandel Wing by Bates Smart | Courtesy: World Architecture Festival

This is the first time the INSIDE Festival is hosted in the Portuguese capital, following previous editions in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Singapore, and Berlin.

This year’s awards attracted more than 200 entries from over 30 countries, representing a 10% increase in submissions year over year. Other major world architects and designers in the INSIDE 2021 shortlist include Bates Smart, Perkins & Will, Populous, Woods Bagot, and FJMT Studio.

INSIDE 2021 shortlist:

Bars & Restaurants interior design projects

Absence from island, Today is Long Cafe, Hong Kong SAR, China
Charrette Studio, Camin Cuisine and Cafe, Bangkok, Thailand
Filipao Nunes Arquitectos, Ilios Cancun, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Huiyimingcheng, Hong Japanese Cuisine, Xi’an, China
ISTO, KHLEBNY, Kyiv, Ukraine
NONG STUDIO, The Exchange Bar, Shanghai Blackstone Apartment, China
Office AIO, Basic Coffee, Beijing, China
PIA Interior Company Limited, Gentry Club, Hong Kong, China
PIA Interior Company Limited, Sirimahannop, Bangkok, Thailand
Rapt Studio, Coffee Movement, San Francisco, United States
Stiff + Trevillion Architects, Seven Dials Food Hall, London, United Kingdom
SWS Group, Qingdao four seasons flowery café, Qingdao, China

Education interior design projects

Design Union Studio , NYC Kids Club, Shijiazhuang, Shijiazhuang , China
Fan Architectural Firm (FANAF), Flowing chapter-Jiangwan City Children’s Activity Center, Nanjing, China
FJMT studio, UTS Central , Sydney, Australia
Liljewall arkitekter, MAF Arkitektkontor, Kunskapshuset (House of Knowledge), Gällivare, Sweden
Rapt Studio, The Schoolhouse, Mountain View, California, United States

Health and Fitness interior design projects

Atelier Alter Architects., PLLC, BIT Sports Center, Beijing, China
Bates Smart, The Gandel Wing, Melbourne, Australia
Matrix Design, SUNAC Chongqing One Sino Park, Chongqing, China
Matrix Design, Suzhou Yango Tanyuan Sales Center, Suzhou, China
Matsuya Art Works.co.ltd., Midlight Runway, Nishinomiya City, Japan
Pedra Silva Arquitectos, Maida Smiles Dental Clinic, London, United Kingdom
Vermilion Zhou, BodyConcept Pilates Studio, Shanghai, China
Vermilion Zhou, Green Massage, Shanghai, China

Hotels interior interior design projects

Atelier tao+c, Capsule hostel and bookstore in village, Hangzhou, China
IXI Design, The View from the Well, Yangshuo, China
line+, Cloud of Hometown Resort Hotel, Tai’an, China
Manea Kella, Casa Popeea, Braila, Romania
Montalba Architects, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California, United States
PANORAMA Design Group, MeeHotel, Shenzhen, China
Studio Locomotive, Hotel Gahn, Phang Nga, Thailand
YANG & ASSOCIATES GROUP, Kempinski Hotel Nanjing, Nanjing, China
Yesim Kozanli Architecture & Interior Design, Mercure Hotel Trabzon, Trabzon, Turkey
Zaha Hadid Architects, Opus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Public Buildings interior design projects

a9architects, Fangsuo Fangting, Chengdu, China
Atelier Alter Architects, Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum, Xiamen, China
Atelier Global, Shenzhen Longhua Book City, Shenzhen, China
COX Architecture, Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ, Sydney, Australia
DA INTEGRATING LIMITED, KennaXu Gallery, Shenzhen, China
JAC studios ApS, The Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
KLID (Kris Lin Interior Design), Textile, Deqing, Huzhou, China
LSD Interior Design, Xi’an Fangsuo Commune, Xi’an, China
Matrix Design, China Merchants Zhanjiang Cruise Terminal Sales Center, Zhanjiang, China
Matrix Design, Poly Times Sales Center, Chengdu, China
Matrix Design, Yango Nanjing Winner Land Mansion Sales Center, Nanjing, China
Panshine Interior Design, Pingjiang·Xinzhuyayuan Sales Center, Suzhou, China
PIG Design, Ya Space!, Hangzhou, China
Populous, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium General Admission Interiors, London, United Kingdom
ST Design, K11 Musea Carpark, Hong Kong, China

Residential (Housing, more than one dwelling) interior design projects

LSD Interior Design, Nanjing VANKE the Noble Garden Heyuan, Nanjing, China
LSD Interior Design, Nanjing VANKE the Noble Garden Xiaoyuan, Nanjing, China
PONE Architecture, The Home for a Brand New Start, Shenzhen, China
WJ Design, Dangui Garden, Hangzhou, China

Residential (Single dwelling) interior design projects

doT & associates, House ½ , Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Essence Space Design, The Hidden House, Taichung City, Taiwan
Hangzhou Guanghe Art Design Co., Ltd. & Hangzhou Dianshang Building Decoration Design Co., Ltd., Light Mix house, Hangzhou, China
Jorge Yulo Architects & Associates, La Cabaña de Resureccion, Calamba City, Philippines
MUHO Design Studio, Narrative of Stacking, New Taipei City, Taiwan
OHLAB, CASA PALERM, Lloret de Vistalegre, Mallorca, Spain
Studio Arthur Casas, MW Apartment, Recife, Brazil
Wei Yi international design associates, Window of soul, Taiwan
Yu [ i ] Design Studio, Articulation of a White Prelude, Taipei City, Taiwan

Retail interior design projects

A2M, Endless bookstore, Moscow, Russia
AD ARCHITECTURE, TRONGYEE Boutique, Shantou City, China
AIM-ARCHITECTURE, Harmay Beijing Flagship Store, Beijing, China
Atelier tao+c, JOLOR STORE, Shanghai, China
Benoy, David Jones Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Australia
DAS Lab, Holiland Concept Store, Shanghai, China
External Reference, Presentedby x Level Shoes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
K11 collaborate with AB concept, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Laab & Speirs and Major, K11 Musea, Hong Kong, China
Matrix Design, 1-7 Bread Fangda City Shop, Shenzhen, China
Office AIO, Shop O, Chengdu, China
Russell & George, Sarah & Sebastian, Melbourne, Australia
SH Int’l Design Inc, OLYMPUS PLAZA TAIPEI, Taipei, Taiwan
ST Design collaborate with Strategic Design Department of New World Development Company Limited, Flavour Funhouse, Hong Kong, China
Strategic Design Department of New World Development Company Limited collaborated with 1:1 ltd, Muse Edition, Hong Kong, China
Superorganism Creative and Design Practice, H.N.LIN Design Center JULU758 showroom, Shanghai, China
WJ Design, Liangzhu center of arts, Hangzhou, China
Woods Bagot, Wuhan Greenland 606 Centre, Wuhan, China
www.w-a-a.cn, WeMarket, Beijing, China

Temporary interior design projects

Atelier Alter Architects., PLLC, WuliEpoch Culture Center, Beijing, China
BVN, Re-ply, New York City, USA
doT & associates, Fruitfulness, Taichung City, Taiwan
Fan Architectural Firm (FANAF), Time art museum-Gold Pedestal Group Feiyan Cultural Industry District Investment Promotion, Nanjing, China
Rooi Design and Research, Furniture Pavilion S, Shanghai, China

Workplaces (Large) interior design projects

AI Group, AI Group Office, Taipei City, Taiwan
Decibel Architecture, Flinders Gate NextHome, Melbourne, Australia
DP Design, Design Headquarters, Singapore
Fan Architectural Firm (FANAF), Refurbishment of International Demonstration School of Architecture, Nanjing, China
HASSELL, Arup Sydney, Sydney, Australia
HASSELL, Transurban Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
HONG Designworks (Xi’an), Chinlink Office, Xi’an, China
maos design, IDEO, Shanghai, China
Ministry of Design Pte Ltd, YTL Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Montalba Architects, Headspace SM Campus, Santa Monica, California, United States
Perkins+Will, Treasury Dock, Dublin, Ireland
Rapt Studio, Goop Headquarters, Santa Monica, California, United States
Squire & Partners LLP, x+why, People’s Mission Hall, London, United Kingdom
Woods Bagot, CBA Axle South Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia

Workplaces (Small) interior design projects

FR-EE, Kering Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
J.C.Architecture, Comma Lab, New Taipei City, Taiwan
KTX archiLAB, Toshin Post-Pandemic, Osaka, Japan
Matsuya Art Works.co.ltd., The PolyCuboid, Himeji City, Japan
Perkins+Will, Mansueto Office, Chicago, IL, United States
Smart Design Studio, Smart Design Studio, NSW, Australia
Vantree Design, Guangzhou Good World Plaza Office, Guangzhou, China
WJ Design, Lingdi Office, Hangzhou, China
Woods Bagot, A global information and technology company Shanghai Headquarter, Shanghai, China


During the festival, to compete for one of the eleven INSIDE category awards, as well as the overall winner of the ‘World Interior of the Year’ award, nominees will present their projects to a ‘Super Jury’ that includes: Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates Studio; Oliver Salway, Founder, Softroom; Vesna Petresin, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Johnny Chiu, Founder, J.C. Architecture.



Cover images
1. Wuhan Greenland 606 Centre by Woods Bagot
2. MW Apartment by Studio Arthur Casas
3. Smart Design Studio by Smart Design Studio