‘Sublime’ warehouse conversion wins top interior design

The Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) for 2022 were held on 17 June at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency, showcasing the brightest, most original and groundbreaking talent the industry has to offer.

An adaptation of a 1920s brick warehouse has taken home the Premier Award or Australian Interior Design as well as award for residential design.

Stable and Cart House by Clare Cousins Architects was described by the jury as an “exemplary piece of work” that is “sublime in every way”. The jury members unanimously agreed the project was worthy of the top recognition as a design that was not only easy on the eye, but that had been practically conceived to be lived in.

Stable and Cart House by Clare Cousins Architects.

Stable and Cart House by Clare Cousins Architects.


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“Originally a stable and cart store designed by esteemed architect Harry Norris, the house had a rich history of varied tenants, including an ironworks, a salvage warehouse and a dressmaking atelier,” the architects said in a design statement.

The architect embraced the rich history of the 100-year-old site, from its double-heighted perimeter walls to the original feed loft, while injecting light and warmth into the singular volume space. The jury commended the home’s use of material palette – industrial patina, aged timbers and rusted corrugated roofing – to celebrate the historic elements of the house.

“The material palette not only reflects a sustainable approach to how people live, but also displays a responsive understanding of an Australian design language that supports the opportunity for the house to age gracefully,” the jury said.

Colour and detail were used masterfully, with the new material characteristics creating a pleasing contrast with the old. The jury concluded, “The design’s balance and restraint makes it simply amazing.”

In the Residential Decoration category, the award went to the home of Australian singer-songwriter and Youtuber Troye Sivan, created by Flack Studio.

See all the winners of the 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards here.