Wow! German Interior Architecture Award 2014: 1st prize for kplus konzept!

With the 1st prize of the German Interior Architecture Award 2014, awarded on 23 October as part of Orgatec trade show in Cologne, kplus konzept received a significant award for the project “Open Space” realized in 2013 in the basement of the shopping mall Köln Arcaden with the client mfi development gmbh. With the prize, which is awarded only every four years, BDIA (German Interior Architects Association) has now honored for the eighth time outstanding innovative projects.

Bettina and Markus Kratz accepted the prize full of joy and pride thanking their great team of interdisciplinary specialists with whom concentrated know-how and a tremendous amount of passion and commitment flew into the Open Space project and the integrated Pop-up Store concept. Two other winners and additional 26 projects have been awarded and are, as well as the “Open Space”, published in the book “Excellent Interior Design” (available from early December 2014 at Callwey).

The Jury Statement:

“Open Space” describes a living, continually changing and evolving spatial structure in which improvisation, low budgets and creative imagination are no longer mutually exclusive.

Ready-made and uniform store designs are out; trendsetting is the joint development of start-up companies and interior designers, enabling people to engage in creative and identity finding processes and ensures up-to-dateness by a temporary design view. The result is a compelling concept that optimizes a formerly difficult spatial situation and keeps open a significant future development potential. “