This year’s winning entry for Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector went to Ladybird Early Learning Centre designed by Godwin Austen Johnson. Catering for children as young as six months, architect Jason Burnside worked closely alongside interior designer Kathryn Brown to ensure the design allowed for maximum interaction between the children.
Ladybird Early Learning Centre was described by the judges as a bright, playful and dynamic space to inspire each and every child. The judges appreciated the creative use of colours and all looked through a single vision and managed to create a homogenous and harmonious space.”
The winning hotel has 420 rooms on 14 floors overlooking the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The interior design draws inspiration from both Dubai’s heritage and its leaps of achievement reflecting the modern, cosmopolitan and cultural identity that the city has gained in the past decade.
The judges praised its innovative and fun signage concepts and graphic frames seen throughout the public areas as well as its great attention to details, commenting that the design “hits the right feeling for the market.”
One of the judges commented: “The first successful generation Y hotel of its kind in the region, this hotel has made a big buzz in the city and is well worth a tour. The hotel is jam packed with fun, and functional and engaging details around each corner.”