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Configured to Interact

Hexagonal format and asymmetric shapes combine at random, providing connectivity to build scale and enhance user experience. Designed to promote impromptu interaction, Configure assists with way finding and provides alluring, visual interest. Deconstructed, rhythmic patterns and bold color encourage a more imaginative, playful approach with installation.

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THW Interiors | Berman Commons – 2016 Design Is…Award Market Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Thoughtful.

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

Berman Commons is a multi-layered project with inviting spaces that have insightful vignettes that encourage the human scale of daily living. The conceptual design idea was to create a
space where shared moments become the driver for the layout of the design. The design impact is geared towards an elegant, refined approach which speaks directly to the residents.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

The journey is defined by the people who played an intricate part in the creation of the community. Our client, Harley Tabak, CEO of the William Breman Jewish Home and Berman
Commons, brought a unique team together with amazing volunteers including Joe Rubin, Bob London, and David Weiss. The talent and ingenuity was impeccable, and will always be the
reason behind this project’s success. The process involved multiple disciplines at THW Design including but not limited to the architects, land planners, and the interior design team.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

We take great pride in the larger challenge of solving the design approach of making a commercial scale project feel like a residence. It was important to us and to the
owner that it feel like home. One of the ongoing challenges in our projects is to connect the spaces with corridors that don’t feel overwhelming and long, by giving them breaks in the
ceilings as well as the carpet design which bring a much smaller scale to life. This is definitely evident in Berman Commons AL and MC corridors.
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On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

While there may be some trends at hand within the design, it still has the classic flavor of multi-generational groups. Senior living spaces are meant to keep the elderly engaged with their friends, family and community. Design is a good way to reinforce this healthier way of living. The carpet design and lighting have an edge that also gives the project a grounding of trends and classic design combined.

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Studio 103 | Puma Australia – 2016 Design Is…Award Market Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Connection.

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

We needed to find a clever way to inject life into the building on a tight budget. The solution came in the way of new flooring. We merged colour and pattern to give direction, connecting different zones without the need for expensive structural elements or signage. Multicoloured herringbone carpet tiles flow out from the general flooring, highlighting specific areas and
facilitating natural meeting points for staff.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Our starting point was a series of dark, dilapidated buildings, disconnected from each other. Our challenge was to create a connected and collaborative office with minimal structural change. By creating strategic openings between buildings we were able to utilize an abandoned courtyard space. The resultant infill space now functions as an informal meeting and working area, complementing the more formal office zones and bringing in much needed natural light. We wanted to highlight the flow of space through each opening in order to enhance the feeling of connectivity. In order to do this, a minimal materials palette was adopted. Singular finishes flow through and up, drawing the eye forward and into adjoining spaces.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

With a tight budget, it was apparent that would need to minimize changes made to the existing buildings and come up with a clever way of connecting them. Having a low budget doesn’t necessarily mean you can do less with the space, you just need to be more creative in the way you do it. A lot of care was taken to create openings in the most strategic locations to open up sightlines throughout the office and bring in the outdoors. There is a new feeling of openness.
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On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

This project strongly reflects the current trend of bringing the outside in. Sightlines were opened up throughout the space, allowing natural light to flow through giving dark corners a new life and energy.

Bringing plants into office spaces is becoming the norm. They are not only visually appealing but invigorate the office atmosphere by bringing in oxygen. Complimentary styles add a new organic energy to an otherwise corporate interior.

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IA Interior Architects | Sapient Nitro – 2016 Design Is…Award Market Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Energetic

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

One of the biggest project goals was to create a buzz of activity that engages employees and visitors alike. As part of this effort, we worked with SapientNitro to develop a tour route so clients can experience the brand and culture firsthand. The result is a path, known as Main Street, which runs from the main entry hub to the far end of the office. Along the way, visitors encounter work zones, edit bays, think tanks and a wide variety of meeting spaces. The success of the design is really expressed on this route with an unmistakable sense of creative energy flowing through the office.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Tours of existing locations and visioning sessions with key leaders enabled us to dive into the culture of the local group to understand the drivers for the agency’s new office. A key factor was not only understanding the Sapient team, but also understanding the neighboring competition, and how to differentiate the Sapient brand and physical space. The concept for Creative Crates, an abstract representation of how SapientNitro builds and delivers new ideas, is key to the design solution. These shipping crate-inspired structures, clad in reclaimed wood, create distinctive zones where groups can collaborate. Each one includes a unique super graphic, along with a different set of furnishings to support a particular work style.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

The greatest project challenge emerged from the unusual site conditions we started with – a raw parking structure and several former retail bays. To transform these spaces into a cohesive office required frequent site visits to address unexpected conditions discovered during demolition. For instance, when a 2-foot change in floor level was discovered in the planned Social Operations room, we added a seat pad and turned this obstruction into built-in bench seating. By embracing the unique features of the building envelope, these components became an integral part of the design solution.

On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

In today’s society, we have more choice than ever. We can choose where to live, where to work, and a career that suits our unique talents and passions. This project fosters creativity by providing a wide variety of choices for when, where and how to work. From quiet work zones to active think tank spaces, the unique plan offers an assortment of meeting rooms, cafés and collaborative areas. The space even includes a theatre for showcasing the agency’s video productions on a grand scale. But when it comes to choice, the Creative Crates prevail, each one providing a different set of amenities to facilitate a wide range of work styles.

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Mars Interieurarchitecten | School of Aeronautical Services – 2016 Design Is…Award Market Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Change.

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

Education in The Netherlands is changing. Albeda College innovates by making the transition from education to working easier. The way things look is as important as how it works. In this case the impact is so successful that there is a student application stop.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Every project is a journey. There are always new challenges which need to dealt with. The way teachers used to instruct students is totally different. We had to design a space that enabled students to get a new and inspiring education.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

Get inspired, get out of the office and create your own journey.

On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

Dialog is most important, email, youtube, facetime, texting are fantastic tools but there is no substitute for personal and face to face meetings.

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