On Wednesday 20 February 2019, the winners of the second edition of the Frame Awards 2019 were announced and some of the best Dutch architecture firms are at the top!

The Tiny Holiday Home designed by i29 Interior Architects & Chris Collaris has been nominated the ‘House of the Year’ Frame Awards 2019. With a footprint of only 55 m2, the Tiny Holiday Home still has a luxurious feel of space, and all around panoramas to the surrounding nature. This compact home is built for a family of four and it includes a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom and two toilets. The layout is developed from the inside-out, the smart arrangement of functions make use of every cm2. Situated on an elongated island plot close to the lake, the positioning of the building volume is related to the views on the surrounding water and the orientation on the sun. The design team made use of simple materials like natural oak wooden panels – or stained black to combine with the rough pinewood facade – and a continuing polished concrete floor. i29 Interior Architects & Chris Collaris strived for a design strategy in which architecture and interior come together in a model combination.

Photography: Ewout Huibers

Concrete Amsterdam with Hotel Norge won the People’s Choice Award in the category Spatial Awards Hospitality. Hotel Norge by Scandic is one of Scandic’s unique signature hotels. Our hotel has the best location in Bergen, right in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find everything from exciting shops, cafes and a rich cultural life, to spectacular nature experiences within easy reach of our hotel. Concrete Amsterdam have gathered inspiration from the nature surrounding the city. Therefore, the interiors reflect high quality, modern, Nordic design with many distinctive details. Each facet of the Hotel encapsulates a certain mood, which plays into the fact that we humans cannot hide from a truth learned to us from many ancestors before us: the sun and the moon have a massive effect on our behaviour and state of mind – and a travelling state of mind is no exception.

KAAN Architecten with their Utopia – Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst, Belgium, won the People’s vote Governamental Interior Award of the Year 2019. Utopia houses the Municipal Library and Academy for Performing Arts. It has been slotted into the urban fabric to enhance the characteristic irregular streets and intimate spaces of the city center, and to interact with them. This is a place where meeting is stimulated, on different scales. The building, the city and its residents are inextricably linked, and can gaze at each other through tall and wide openings, carefully sliced out of the brickwork. Within the new building, the ballet room, rehearsal studios and teaching spaces have windows as tall and wide as the rooms themselves, providing a view onto the city and a glimpse inwards from the city. Old and new come together. Both outside and inside, the historic façades blend perfectly with the generous spaces, while the brickwork dialogues with light gray concrete elements. In combination with the oak wood book cases and extensive daylight, this creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Photography: Elfino Sisto Legnani & Marco Cappelletti

We are even proud to see a lot of Italy among the Frame awards 2019 winners!

Studiopepe won the Bar of the Year award with their Club Unseen, Milan. Club Unseen was an exclusive shelter created just for created for the 2018 Milan Design Week. The secret club represented a quiet place that gave space to creativity: a place with a relaxed and casual atmosphere, in which an innovative interpretation of hospitality emerges clearly to the senses and to the heart. Access was granted only by an exclusive membership tattoo, to avoid the crowdy effect of Design Week, and a personal butler that welcomes you at the door and introduce yourself to the experience of the club.

Photography: Giuseppe Dinnella

Cava Arcari triumped in the Best use of Lights winning both the Jury and the Peoples choice at the Frame Awards 2019. The project designed by David Chipperfield Architects and commissioned by the Morseletto stone laboratory, reintroduces the white stone, with a series of platforms, steps and ramps, to allow the maximum flexibility for every kind of use, from a concert to a lecture, a movie projection or a theatre piece. Both the ambient and stage lighting, designed by Viabizzuno, enhance the unique atmosphere for this new events space.

CC-Tapis stand by Studio Milo won the Trade fair stand of the year award. The stand is a reminiscent of the Colosseo Quadrato of Rome and it is characterized by perspective views where the rugs interact and suggest a creative dialogue between themselves and the space. The project is a perfect combination of product and presentation where people is invited to touch the rugs and experience the stand.

Photography: Andrea Bartoluccio

Albero Caiola, born in Pordenone – an Italian province about an hour’s drive from Venice – rose between Milan, Eindhoven and Vicenza, now based in Shanghai where he established his studio, has been nominated emerging designer of the year!

Photography: Mark Gong

Discover all the other Frame Awards 2019 winners here