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Announcing the winners of Herman Miller Asia’s Liveable Office Award 2017-2018

After over one hundred entries and fierce deliberation, the latest Herman Miller Liveable Office Award winners have now been crowned, with the winning designers setting new benchmarks in workplace design

  • Architectus' Melbourne studio. Photo by Brett Boardman.

This year, Herman Miller Asia received 147 submissions from all over the Asia Pacific for the Liveable Office Award. The 2017-18 awards demonstrated the most diverse range of projects yet, as well as an even higher standard of design and innovation. This year’s awards were held at Herman Miller’s Tokyo Living Office showroom, which was designed by Flooat, Inc., the 2016 winner of the Commercial Business and People’s Choice awards.

For the 2017-2018 awards, Herman Miller Asia worked closely with a highly respected judging panel to narrow the list down to just five finalists per category.

Herman Miller Asia also launched a new awards category at the 2017-2018 awards: the Co-working and Collaborative Space. The new category recognises the number of regional co-working spaces that are taking a strategic approach to workspace design, while also acknowledging that co-working spaces are redefining office design for the industry.

Other categories were Commercial Business – Workspace Design, Best in Tech, and the People’s Choice award. Those shortlisted were narrowed down to several runners-up and one winner per category.

And the winners are…

Commercial Business – Workspace Design Award

Daimler Greater China Beijing headquarters, Mi2 Interior, Design & Project Co., Ltd., China

With Maddocks, by Bates Smart, Australia coming in second as runner-up and MetLife Japan headquarters, GARDE Co., Ltd. Japan and GE Digital Bangalore, RC Architecture, India coming in as joint second runners-up.

Co-working and Collaborative Space Award

Architectus Melbourne Studio, Architectus, Australia

With The Work Project, HASSELL, Singapore taking the runners-up spot, and Sun Life Financial headquarters, Goudie Associates, Philippines going home with a second runner-up award.

Best in Tech Award

DSP Design Associates, India

People’s Choice Award

Microsoft Corporation, Mumbai, DSP Design Associates, India

“The most interesting innovation I saw at this year’s Liveable Office Award was that organisations are changing, they’re getting new employees coming in, who want new working environments, and interior design is helping to make this change possible,” said Professor Cees de Bont, the Dean of School and Swire Chair Professor of Design of the School of Design at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University.

“I’m seeing this happening in India, Japan and other places. Designers being the agents of change is something wonderful, and it’s being done really professionally. That stood out really clearly for me at this year’s award.”


For full information about the winning projects, head over to Herman Miller’s official website for the scoop.

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