We continue our series celebrating BD’s Architect of the Year finalists, looking at the interiors shortlist

BD has announced all the architects who made it on to the shortlists for our prestigious annual Architect of the Year Awards.

We are spotlighting each category in turn and publishing a selection of the images that impressed the judges.

Today’s shortlist is the Interior Architect of the Year Award

Platform 5 Architects

Platform 5’s entry ranges from a modest rear house extension to interiors for the £26million refurbishment and extension of LeSoCo (Lewisham Southwark College). All three, says the practice, set the scene for interaction by using architectural elements to define the interior. This ensures that spaces maintain a human scale, even when the volume of space is generous as at LeSoCo and at Backwater, a private residence on the Norfolk Broads.

Woods Bagot

The London and Sydney-based practice entered residential, hotel and office projects including the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Sheraton Park Lane hotel on Piccadilly, central London. As well as new build apartment projects at City Island in London’s Docklands at the Atlas Building in Shoreditch, Woods Bagot completed bespoke office suites within the listed Paramount House in Sydney designed to compliment the building’s Art Deco heritage.

Jestico + Whiles

A craft brewery, a beef restaurant and a conference venue comprise the diverse entry from Jestico +Whiles. Two Glasgow projects showcase creative re-uses for client Glendola Leisure – the refurbishment of a former Art Deco bank for Shilling Brewing Co and Alston Bar & Beef, designed in a vaultbeneath Central Station. In London, the practice is creating a business venue within the former County Hall for etc venues.

Studio Mills

Studio Mills is an architecture and design studio set up by twin sisters Jayne and Kirsty Mills. Projects include a flagship US store for watch company and repeat client Larsson & Jennings. Inspired by the local architecture of downtown New York, the store combines a cantilevered, blackened steel-clad watch bar with white terracotta tiles, white stucco walls and copper detailing. The entry also includes a private residence in Westminster.

Space Group

Space Group think of themselves as architectural scientists, exploring past methods and future technologies alike in the search for more sustainable design solutions. Their entry consists of four London domestic projects including the Old Spratts Factory, a refurbished 280sq m apartment within a converted dog biscuit factory, and My Favourite Sun, a remodelled 200sq m penthouse close to Spitalfields Market.

PEEK Architecture

The Soho practice submitted three central London residential refurbishments and one interior for a new build mews house. The latter includes a new feature staircase detailed from bronze stringers and oak plus internal glass walls that maximize light. PEEK’s £1.7million extension and refurbishment on Argyll Road transformed a Kensington townhouse into a flexible family home for both formal and informal entertainment.

Cousins & Cousins

The practice’s entry features two north London residential refurbishments of diverse scale. In Canonbury, Cousins & Cousins completely remodeled and extended a Georgian townhouse, achieving near Passivhaus standards. The  £1.4m project includes a rear extension that opens up the new kitchen and dining area to the garden. In Hampstead, the practice is at tender stage on a project to create a mezzanine level in the loft space of a second floor apartment.


Workplace interiors comprise the entry from BDP. For PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDP created a ‘next generation’ of workplace in Bristol with a variety of settings for different working needs. Interiors for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society similarly encourage a more collaborative working environment as well as promoting the work of the society to the public. BDP’s entry is completed with a £30million upgrade to an office building at Thomas More Square and a showroom/office for lighting distributor Atrium.

Additional reporting by Pamela Buxton

Now in their 14th year, the awards will be held at the ExCel Centre in London on March 8. Book your place here