The St. Regis Vommuli and Whale Bar shortlisted for World Interior of the Year award

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli has been shortlisted amongst 78 projects contending for the World Interior of the Year 2017 award. The St. Regis Vommuli, located in the southern Dhaalu Atoll, was nominated for the award in two categories; the resort competing in the Hotels category, while the Whale Bar was nominated separately in the Bars and Restaurants category.

The resort, managed by the Marriot International, was designed by Singapore-based WOW Architect and Warner Wong Design. Officially opened November 1 last year, the resort unveils contemporary and luxury designs and features one of the Maldives’ largest three-bedroom overwater suites. Boasting 22 acres of land, the all-villa resort features 77 on-land and overwater accommodations, each with a private plunge pool.

The awards will be presented to the winners at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, scheduled to be held from November 15 to 17 at the Berlin Arena, Germany. It is a three-day event for interior design professionals and architects and is the only global interiors festival that combines awards, live judging, conferences and networking providing knowledge and inspiration. INSIDE is the World Architecture Festival’s sister festival which also takes place at the Arena Berlin in November.“Many of the shortlisted designs concern the way that interiors help us to live, work and play more efficiently and more enjoyable,” says Paul Finch, programme director for INSIDE and World Architecture Festival (WAF).

“This is appropriate in a year when our conference theme is ‘performance’, which will examine how elements like colour, acoustics and volume contribute to the success of new and refurbished interior projects.”

Other notable nominees of the awards include a mathematics gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and the office Neri&Hu created inside an old missile factory. Projects by Eric Parry Architects, Universal Design Studio, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Heneghan Peng Architects also made it onto the shortlist for the award.

The 78 shortlisted projects submitted include practices in America, Japan, Australia, Mexico, India and Europe. They are divided into nine categories, ranging from bars and restaurants to residential, and transport. To see the full list of nominees, please visit insidefestival.com.

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