Winner spotlight: An Urban Sanctuary

Jo Smit
26 Nov 2018

Cool, calm and crafted: that’s the look that won via architecture’s An Urban Sanctuary the Residential Development Interiors Award in the prestigious World Interiors News Awards 2018. The sophisticated interior complements architect Wong & Ouyang’s design for the tower at 28 Aberdeen Street, in Hong Kong.

Inspired by the architecture’s curvilinear geometry, via architecture has put spatial fluidity at the heart of its interior concept. It has applied a palette of calm, subdued materials, shaped in a simple and modern language, to highlight materials and craftsmanship.


The apartment development’s entrance lobby is defined using curved walls of silver travertine, with grey and beige tones becoming lighter higher up the wall. These walls frame the view towards a richly planted outdoor garden. Contrasting black textured timber slats line the wall to the elevator, while the elevator itself incorporates crafted walnut panels with integral handrail, directing residents towards the apartments.


On every floor, the lobby is treated as part of the journey to individual apartments. The main floor material is travertine, and one wall is surfaced with black metal/timber. Echoing the overall architecture, an undulating wall of light oak laminate lines the apartment wall.


The same quiet sophistication continues into the apartments themselves, with their lightly bleached oak flooring and kitchenette with its smoked oak and bead-blast aluminium cabinets. Clever features incorporated into the apartments include a pivot door between living room and bedroom suite.


An Urban Sanctuary by via architecture is one of more than 20 projects and practices recognised in the WIN Awards 2018, which were celebrated in London this month. The awards showcase the very best global creativity and talent in interior design across categories covering interior products, practice, projects and branding concepts.


The full list of winners of the WIN Awards 2018 is here.

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