The World Interior of the Year 2017 shortlist revealed

A mathematics gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects is one of eight UK projects in the running for World Interior of the Year 2017. 

A shortlist of 78 projects from around the globe has been narrowed down from more than 200 entries, with winners to be announced at the Inside World Festival of Interiors from November 15-17 in Berlin

London’s award-shortlisted projects

The Winton Gallery at London Science Museum in South Kensington is by Zaha Hadid Architects, their first UK project since Dame Zaha Hadid’s death last year. Shortlisted for an award in the civic, culture and transport category, the gallery’s design highlights the use of mathematics in everyday lives – with more than 100 historical objects and curved surfaces demonstrating its influence on both technology and environment. 

A building within a building, Google UK’s office in Kings Cross has a meeting room system called ‘Jack’ – plywood, modular rooms that can be re-worked when needed. There’s a ‘mini-city’ that includes restaurants, a gym and relaxation spaces; plus training rooms, lounges and break-out spaces below street level. In Pancras Square, it’s an innovative space, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. 

Behind a listed façade in the City of London, the new Leathersellers’ Hall building by Eric Parry Architects showcases contemporary crafting in leather, textiles, glass and metalwork – particularly on the eye-catching concrete spiral staircase. 

Near Buckingham Palace, the Nova building by Flanagan Lawrence has been shortlisted in the residential category; a contemporary development, comprising 170 luxury apartments in the heart of central London

In the retail category, Harrods’ grand entrance hall by Make Architects is a mix of Art Deco-inspired design and contemporary fittings. A Grade II-listing meant the escalators had to be installed from the ground-floor rather than through the roof, while a double-curved glass dome is a spectacular new feature. 

Tate Modern’s new store by UXUS is a part shopping destination, part cultural hangout; while Project Pluto is a new tech start-up campus in Regents House, Islington, by LOM Architecture and Design, with impressive use of lighting in spaces above and below ground. 

The shortlisted projects include work by companies from all over the world, including Australia, America, Japan, China, Mexico, India and Europe. 

Australian company SJB have four projects in the shortlist, the highest number from any one practice. 

Take a tour of some of spectacular shortlisted projects featured in our gallery above…

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