IIDA Announces JKMM Architects as 47th Annual Interior Design Awards Best of Competition Winner

Amos Rex by JKMM Architects, Helsinki, Finland – photo credit Angel Gil

IIDA is proud to honor JKMM Architects as the Best of Competition winner for the 2020 Interior Design Competition for their project Amos Rex.

The annual competition celebrates outstanding interior design/interior architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. The firm was chosen from 12 finalists and six category winners and was announced as the Best of Competition winner during a virtual celebration on June 2.

“We appreciate the design team’s fresh and lively use of geometry to create an iconic and original experience to view art,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon, FIIDA. “The underground gallery is a playground for both art-lovers and inquisitive minds alike.”

Entries were judged by a jury of design experts: Lauren Chipman, CEO, Chipman Design Architecture; Michael Davis, founder and principal, Michael Davis Architects + Interiors; and Ghislaine Viñas, principal, Ghislaine Viñas, LLC.

Located in Lasipalatsi, Mannerheimintie, Helsinki, the world-class museum features a complex of domed, subterranean galleries that emerge from the ground to form a one-of-a-kind art landscape.

“The designers did a fantastic job playing with scale in this project and melding current design with history,” said Davis on behalf of the jury. “They have created an iconic and sculptural adaptive re-use project that celebrates the experience of art in a warm, eclectic space bathed in natural light.”

Images of the winning project can be viewed on the IIDA website and will be published in the May/June issue of Interior Design magazine, the competition’s publishing partner. For questions or more information, contact brand@iida.org.


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