IFI Design Distinction Award Finalists

A total of 50 projects representing all global regions have been shortlisted as Finalists for Design Distinctions Awards (IFI DDA), by an international jury.

Featuring 45 firms and four universities worldwide, shortlisted projects include a sustainable safari lodge in Sri Lanka investing in local craftsmanship; a tiny holiday home in the Netherlands; a major hospital extension supporting better quality of life for patients and caregivers in Colombia; and a learning space in Australias supporting new concepts of childhood education.

Finalists represent those leading the way in Interior Architecture/Design practice through their built work; contributing at the highest level to raising the bar of design innovation and excellence. Final IFI DDA winners will be announced at the IFI GAP Awards Ceremony and gala Dinner in Dubai, Wednesday 26 February 2020. Congratulations to all Finalists!

See below for details of all projects and firms selected as IFI DDA Finalists.




Commerce – including retail spaces, showrooms and innovation spaces

  • Chongqing Zhongshuge by X+Living (China)
  • Jinan Bocuishan Sales Center by Beijing Fenghemuchen Space Design (China)
  • JINS SWFC Shop (China) by junya.ishigami+associates (Japan)
  • Shanghai Xinzhuang Zhongsheng Store by Atelier Archmixing + Supercloud Studio (China)
  • TARA MATA Fashion Boutique by PMT Partners Ltd. (China)




Habitat – including dwellings, domicile and places of abode

  • Image (China) by Design Apartment (Chinese Taipei)
  • Light House by LAYAN (Australia)
  • Lotus Zen House Hidden in the Jiuhua Mountain (China) by H DESIGN, PAL Design Group, Lacime Architects and S.P.I Landscape Group (Hong Kong, China / China)
  • Tiny Holiday Home by i29 interior architects (Netherlands)
  • White Building at the foot of the Wan’an Mountain by Fanben Space Design Firm (China)




Health – including hospitals, medical and nursing facilities

  • Hainan Sanya Reich International Medical & Beauty Center by Nanjing Xusong Decoration Design Co., Ltd. (China)
  • New York Presbyterian David H. Koch Center by HOK (USA)
  • ReFuture Clinic by YODEZEEN Architects (Ukraine)
  • Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation by El Equipo Mazzanti (Colombia)
  • UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center by Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign (USA)




Humanitarian – including museums and galleries, sports arenas, places of worship, performing arts

  • African Mobilities – This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition by Ilze Wolff, Wolff Architects (Germany / South Africa)
  • Pilgrims’ House in Vastseliina by KAOS Architects (Estonia)
  • Times Book Club 2 by PSD (China)
  • The You Art Centre, Changde  by ATELIER GLOBAL LIMITED (China)
  • Xiamutang Children’s Bamboo Library by Zhanghaiao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) (China)




Learning – including schools, colleges, universities, learning and educational facilities

  • Aichi Bunka Fashion College Fashion College by Hiroyuki Niwa (Japan)
  • Blossom School by Karv One Design (Hong Kong, China)
  • NAFA Arts Preschool by SODA (Spirit Of Design Analogy Pte Ltd) (Singapore)
  • National University of Singapore School of Design & Environment 4 (Singapore) by Serie + Multiply Architects (UK / Singapore ) with Surbana Jurong and National University of Singapore School of Design & Environment
  • NUBO (Australia) by PAL Design Group (Hong Kong, China)




Play – including restaurants and bars, retail spaces, fitness and wellness

  • Ayla Clubhouse & Golf Academy (Jordan) by Oppenheim Architecture (USA)
  • Doko Bar (China) by Waterfrom Design (Chinese Taipei)
  • Dong Xi Courtyard by Shenzhen Horizontal Design Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Jiyu SPA by Shanghai Hip-pop Design Team (China)
  • The Green Isle by Keng-Fu Lo (Chinese Taipei)




Stay – including hotels and guesthouses

  • Bo Du Resort Hotel – Co-existing with the Poetic Rural by CSD.DESIGN (China)
  • Cheetah Plains by ARRCC (South Africa)
  • Joali Maldives (Maldives) by Autoban (Turkey)
  • Poly Linzhi Yatu Hotel by WTD (China)
  • Su House by KUNYU-DESIGN (China)




Student – design projects by Interior Architecture/Design students and recent graduates

  • Music Therapy Tea House by Ka Wing Chu, Hong Kong Design Institute (Hong Kong, China)
  • Renovation of Old Soap Factory as “Boutique Hotel” in Urla/İzmir I.D. by Beril Kamel, Bilkent University (Turkey)
  • S/ash /iving by Kwan Yiu Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China)
  • Shangri-La Ancient Spa Resort by Jianfeng Ni Yanru Yin, California College of the Arts (USA)
  • The Bulkeley Market by Shuning Olivia Chen, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China)




Sustainability – design solutions that improve well-being whilst reducing negative impacts on the environment

  • Aaniin Community Centre and Library by Perkins and Will (Canada)
  • Alila Yangshuo Shenzhen by Horizontal Design Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Brick Cave by H&P Architects (Vietnam)
  • Shixia Cottage, Qinhuangdao Beijing by Shanfangzhu Art Design Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Sri Lanka) by Nomadic Resorts (Mauritius)




Work – including offices, industrial spaces and technical labs

  • GID OFFICE by GID International Design (China)
  • Luther’s Machinery Hall by HG Arhitektuur OÜ (Estonia)
  • McDonald’s Headquarters by Studio O+A and IA Interior Architects (USA)
  • NVIDIA Headquarters by Gensler (USA)
  • Roche Workplace by HASSELL (Australia)