A hotel overlooking a Japanese castle and a neurodiversity-friendly office building are among the winners of Shaw Contract's 2023 Design Awards, revealed in this video produced for the brand by Dezeen.
Global flooring company Shaw Contract recognised five winners in the 18th edition of its Design Awards, which celebrate impactful living, working, learning and healing interior spaces around the world.
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In total, five Best of Globe winners were chosen by a panel of design professionals from 39 regional winners, which had been narrowed down from over 650 project submissions from 40 countries.
The winners include architecture studio Tatsuro Sasaki, which won an award for its OMO5 Kumamoto by Hoshino Resorts hotel built on Mount Chausu in Kumamoto City, Japan.
The hotel is located in the city centre overlooking Kumamoto Castle and is nestled in amongst the landscape to blend in with its surroundings.
The office features ample open spaces to flood it with natural light and is equipped with circadian lighting to follow people's natural rhythms and improve productivity.
Another winner was the 345 North Morgan office design by Eckenhoff Saunders, which is located adjacent to Chicago's metro tracks. The design of the office was informed by classic railway stations and draws from the neighbourhood's rich industrial history.
Other winners include Swot Design Group's Naelofar Office in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, which was designed to foster relationships and collaboration in the workplace.
It features meeting rooms with operable glass panels that can be rearranged to open up spaces for functions such as training sessions or events.
Rezen Studio's Newmont office in Subiaco, Australia also received an award, which Shaw Contract described as an example of "the rapidly evolving office typology which responds to the changes in which businesses are operating".
"We believe that design has the power to shape the world around us and create a better future for both people and the planet," said Shaw Contract.
"That's why the Shaw Contract Design Awards programme is so important to us. It allows celebration of the designers who share our commitment to creating a positive impact in all interior spaces."
Each winner was awarded a $2,000 USD charitable donation in the name of their studio to an organisation of their choice. They also received a trophy designed by Singapore-based artist Kelly Limerick using recyclable Shaw Contract's recycled yarn.
Find out more about all of the winners on the Shaw Contract Design Awards website.
This video was produced by Dezeen for Shaw Contract as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.