Highly commended: Hotel and short stay interior of the year 2019. Optical illusions and maze-like staircases are designed to trick the eyes of lodgers at this MC Escher-inspired guesthouse in the city of Guilin, China.
Located by the Li River in Guilin, a prefecture city in the northeast of China's Guangxi region best known for its Karst scenery, the guest rooms called Dream and Maze are part of ‘The Other Place - Guilin Litopia', a creative guesthouse that offers short-term accommodation in 10 uniquely themed guest rooms.
The two interiors feature anti-gravitational staircases and puzzling arched doorways, based on Escher's well-known labyrinth-like Relativity lithograph.
A colour palette of pink and white creates a serene and fresh environment in the dream rooms with the aim to distance spaces from busy, everyday life.
Judges comments: "This interior inspired by MC Escher has pushed limits, risked taking design to the extreme and creates a real experience".