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Emerging Interior Design Practice award winner Anthony Gill Architects. Photo: Peter Bennetts.

Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart for The Royal Children’s Hospital. Photo: Shannon McGrath.

Elenberg Fraser for Vue de Monde. Photo: Dianna Snape.

Australian Interior Design Awards

A revolutionary hospital for children, a food emporium in Canada and a Japanese food truck in Melbourne are just three of the extraordinary projects to receive gongs at this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards.

Presented in Sydney on Friday 27 April to a 500-strong audience of the “who’s who” and “who’s next” of Australia’s interior design industry, the 2012 awards marked the ninth staging of this prestigious awards program.

Co-presented by the Design Institute of Australia, Designex and Artichoke, 2012 saw standards and submission numbers increase once again as Australian professionals showcased their work from here and overseas. With a record-breaking 652 entries across 15 categories, the awarded, commended and shortlisted work represented briefs and budgets of all varieties, produced by both small and large practices.

This year’s Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation went to the Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart for the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne. The jury lauded the project as a “game-changer for health care in Australia,” congratulating the designers on a “highly complex, technical, responsive and, above all, beautiful hospital interior.” Elenberg Fraser won the Sustainability Advancement Award for Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Anthony Gill Architects took out the Emerging Interior Design Practice Award.

The contribution of corporate supporters is pivotal to the program’s success. These market-leading organizations are Forbo Flooring Systems, Somfy, The Laminex Group, Dulux Australia, Smeg, Space, Barrisol, ISIS and The Hatton.

For full details of all results as well as image galleries, visit