“It felt put together; authentic.”
“It was the architecture that got it on my list.”
“Even the way the grain of the wood is pronounced; it’s beautiful.”
These are some of the comments we heard while the judges deliberated on this year’s stellar HD Awards submissions this past Monday. Having managed the submissions process, personally looking through each and every one of the nearly 400 entries, I knew what a challenge our jury members had ahead of them.
“These are pretty unique spaces.”
“What do you do with old roadside motels? Vacant office space? Old malls? It’s solving a problem.”
“It takes a lot to get to that level of simplicity.”
The HD staff gathered at Grupo Habita’s first U.S. property, Hôtel Americano in Chelsea, with our five judges. We drank coffee, ate lunch, and pored over hundreds of project photos for nearly nine hours—we editors, of course, only acting as observers and mediators to facilitate the conversation.
“A lot has to do with the detailing. It’s very complete.”
“It’s a spectacular room spatially.”
“The artwork shook me up.”
To my surprise, deliberation was remarkably calm and sane. Not that I thought the judges would be at each other’s throats, but it’s never easy to reach a group consensus (or so I’m told by friends who’ve not somehow managed to dodge jury duty as I have). But for our panel, they set out to find the best of the best in each category. In the end, I think our panel selected some great winners.
Stay tuned for the official announcement of the 10th annual HD Award winners, as well as registration information for the awards ceremony, which will be held June 4 at the Grand Hyatt New York.
“They executed this exquisitely. Undeniably fantastic.”