21 Aug 23

Excelling in interior design awards: Redefining hospitality, heritage and more

M&C Saatchi

Woods Bagot continues to make waves in the design world as they stand out with remarkable achievements in the field of interior design. The global studio’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of creativity, especially in hospitality, heritage preservation, and reimagining conventional spaces, has earned them significant recognition in prestigious awards.

One of the most notable acknowledgments comes from the globally renowned Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, a pinnacle in the design competition for food and beverage spaces on an international scale. In its 15th year, the awards celebrate ingenious designs and the creative minds behind them. This year, Woods Bagot’s exceptional project, Intercontinental Hotel Sydney – The Treasury, has been shortlisted in the Hotel category for the Australia and Pacific region and recognized globally for its excellence in Heritage Building.

The project posed unique challenges due to its diverse scope of work and the property’s illustrious 171-year heritage. Situated adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden with views of Sydney Harbour, The Treasury epitomizes an iconic location. The project’s success was underscored by the collaboration between the client, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and the operator, Mulpha Hospitality Group.


The design accolades continue for Woods Bagot, with their projects making a strong showing in the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), an initiative led by the Australian Design Review. IDEA is Australia’s most esteemed independent design awards program, established in 2003 by inside magazine. Celebrating excellence across 15 categories and six Special Awards, IDEA is a benchmark for Australian interior and product design.

Among the standout shortlisted projects by Woods Bagot are:

Hospitality category:

Workplace category:

Institutional, Colour & Sustainability categories:

These accolades underscore Woods Bagot’s commitment to rethinking the conventional, fostering innovation, and delivering exceptional quality in every project. Their ability to blend hospitality, heritage preservation, and unconventional design approaches in a cohesive manner is not only a testament to their expertise but also reflects the future trajectory of design.

As the design community eagerly anticipates the winners’ announcement between October – November, the recognition garnered by Woods Bagot serves as a reminder that their projects are setting new standards in the world of interior design, shaping the way we experience spaces and environments.

Shortlisted in the workplace category, NAB Wynyard Place, links the two key buildings – the heritage Shell House clock tower with the new centre core Wynyard Place.

M&C Saatchi

Located in the historic former Transport House on 99 Macquarie Street, M&C Saatchi is also shortlisted in the Inside World Festival of Interiors.

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