The annual FRAME Awards were announced at a gala event in Amsterdam last week. Among the winners were Philippe Starck, who won a Lifetime Achievement award, and Faye Toogood, who was named ‘Designer of the Year’ award. But there were also plenty of Dutch designers who earned international praise.
Paul de Ruiter Architects and Mulderblauw Architects, for example, won the public’s vote in the sustainability category for the QO Hotel, with a smart facade that moves in response to the climate. Kaan Architects also seduced the public with the Utopia Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst, in which they skilfully integrated an old school built in 1880 into a new complex. Group A won a jury prize for the design of the Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam, and Bureau Sla and ZakenMaker received a jury prize for a block of nine dwellings near Almere.
Holiday home of the year
Smaller Dutch projects that won awards included a 3D-printed interior by Dus Architects and a lakeside holiday home by i29 interior architects and Chris Collaris. This ‘Tiny Holiday Home’ with a footprint of just 55 square metres was the jury’s choice for ‘House of the Year’.
Tiny Holiday Home, by i29 interior architects and Chris Collaris