Capsule hostel and bookstore by Atelier Tao+C has won the Dezeen Awards 2020 interiors project of the year. The studio "succeeded in taking a traditional building and celebrating its sighting in the landscape," said judge Rafael de Cárdenas.
Announced at the Dezeen Awards 2020 interiors show, this hostel and bookstore located in a small village in rural China won the prestigious interiors project of the year award, as well as being named hotel and short-stay interior of the year.
There were 1,374 entries for the interiors categories at this year's Dezeen Awards, which is sponsored by Allermuir, V1, LSA, Hem and Grohe. Of these, 61 were shortlisted by our jury of 25 leading figures from the world of interiors.
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Chinese architecture and design studio Atelier Tao+C designed this hostel and bookstore inside an old, rammed-earth house that has been fitted with a glazed gable-end extension, which houses a large library and bookstore.
By removing the floor plates and original dividing walls, the studio created a big open space. A series of staggered volumes create a feeling of intimacy within the large open space as well as smaller spaces where the rooms sit.
The master jury for the interiors categories included New York-based designer Rafael de Cardenas, Victoriya Yakusha of Yakusha Design, Alex Mok of Linehouse, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar of Istanbul-based studio Autobahn and Ambrish Arora of Studio Lotus.
The jury, which met virtually on 5 November to select the winners, felt that "the combination of the building's old character and with its newly opened up dynamic spaces produces a very contemplative space filled with calm."