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2013 Market Winner: Red Bull Argentina by Avola-Llaber Arquitectos

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Daniel Avola and Liliana Llaber, Architects, talked to us about proud employees, making a flexible space and “Giving Wings” to ideas.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
The company motto in itself is an inspiration. “Give wings” to ideas, to projects, to people; enable creativity and in this way create a space where ideas can come true. It could not be a better starting point and an inviting project for us designers and architects that are always seeking to look beyond structures to create new spaces, flexible, functional and fun.

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What was the happiest moment of the project?
The whole project was a gift. But definitely the happiest moment was the very last night when we completed the project. Before leaving the new office, we stopped by the entrance door with the team and some Red Bull counterparts working with us on the project to give a final look. The next morning is when ideas will begin to come to life in that space.

What are you most proud of?
The morning when all employees came for the first time to the new offices was also unforgettable. It was more than proud – a kind of thanks-giving and gratefulness – what we fell when watching the faces of everyone. Enjoying what we will be a new way of working. They were more happy and proud than us. That was the best gift and recognition we could get.

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Tell me about your client.
Red Bull is a one-of-a-kind company. The working culture, the vision, the idea and most important of all, the people are altogether unique and outstanding. You work together and they let you grow and create.

While we were giving around the rest of the offices around the world, the challenge became even bigger. But at the same time, loyal to what Red Bull is, the team gave to us full freedom to create our own project. This was the starting point and as the days went by it became the cornerstone of unforgettable teamwork.

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What were some of the challenges in designing this space?
The challenge was to create from two existing and conventional “L” shaped offices create a different – as from scratch – space. To make it interactive, as if no “L” shape was there, maximizing the sunlight intrusion and the green context from the outside.
In this way we designed glassed and sunlight-friendly meeting rooms on the sides and a flexible meeting room at the center, to break linear spaces and make it feel as if it was designed and created with no limitations.

Functionality and spaces interaction was our technical motivation throughout the project. To believe that we could create a new space as if nothing was there, to make it ideal and free forgetting that there was something there before. Simply, to go beyond it.

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2013 Market Winner: Masivo Capital by HGC Arquitectos

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Shaw Contract Group spoke with Rosario Rueda, Executive Director, about branding, commitment  and Colombian inspiration.

How did you find your love for design?  Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
I have been a very sensible person towards finding the right ways of bringing art, aesthetics, and welfare to people in the spaces where they work and live. These attributes are built within my DNA, so my inner spirit was the one who inspired me to study and practice design.

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What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
This project represented for me a very important professional challenge because it forced me to incorporate an intangible attribute – transport systems – into the workplace, so that all the mural images could stimulate productivity, sense of belonging and commitment of all the company´s personnel.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
The happiest moment of this project was when we were celebrating our 20th company anniversary, and this client, who was invited to our event, awarded us a plaque with a diploma honoring our outstanding professional work.

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Tell me about your client.
The client was very demanding and rigorous, but at the same time very receptive to the ideas that we presented to them, that could materialize their corporate values and brand image as well as the functionality required for their operations, into the workplace.

Tell me more about how the city of Bogota is incorporated into the design.
The image of Bogotá was incorporated through the wall murals, where all the transport routes were visible. Also, we contributed all the tropical colors of Colombia from fruits, landscapes and attire (orange, for example) into the workstations and the carpet with special subtle accents in the tiles.

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2013 Market Winner: Pocono Medical Center, Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center by EwingCole

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Tara McGrath, Senior Interior Designer, spoke with us about establishing positive distractions, modern facilities and personal connections.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
Designing for healthcare is about creating a patient centered space of beautiful architecture to establish positive distractions.  To me, cancer treatment is the most challenging aspect of healthcare design because of the amount of time a patient spends in one space.  One of the reasons many reasons designers work in healthcare is to help people and I am not an exception.

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What was the happiest moment of the project?
The opening celebration was the happiest moment for me during the entire process.  I arrived early to walk the building with the president of Pocono Medical Center.  It was the first time I was able to see the completed project.  After 3 years of working on the project I was thrilled about how it all came together.

Is there anything about this project that touched you personally?
Designing cancer centers & treatment spaces are very important to me.  My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer many years ago but it was too far along for cancer treatment.  She passed away only a few short weeks later.  I have had the privilege to work on 4 cancer focused projects here at EwingCole since then.  With every cancer treatment project, I think of my grandmother and hope that the spaces we design help bring some encouragement to patients and their families.

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Tell me about your client.
Working with the Pocono team was amazing.  They were very open to new design ideas and finishes that were not part of their “standards”.  They trusted the EwingCole team to make decisions and supported the design concept throughout the entire process.

Tell me about the selection process for this project.  What do you think made them select you for this work?
EwingCole has a lot of experience with cancer treatment design.  Our team brings a vast amount of knowledge on everything from the equipment planning to the durability of finishes required for a high traffic healthcare facility.   We have the experience to create spaces that meet the technical healthcare requirements and still be able to design a positive patient experience.  I believe that Pocono understood EwingCole’s goal for cancer treatment from the very first meeting with our Healthcare Principal, Andy Jarvis, and continued to trust us throughout the entire design process.

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Many hospitals use soothing and natural colors, but your design features pops of red. Tell me more about the decision behind that.
This project’s design concept does stray from the standard soothing colors for healthcare.  It focuses on the positive distraction.  Working with Pocono we developed the concept of bringing the regional nature into the building and accenting the “nature” with clean modern architecture and colors.  We wanted to highlight the nature but still create a modern space to demonstrate the facilities cutting edge technology in cancer treatment: “The machine in the woodland and the woodland within the machine” design concept.

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2013 Market Winner: Advisory Board Company by SmithGroupJJR

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

We talked with Sven Shockey, Principal, about the collaborative impact, employee morale and his first steps to becoming an architect.

How did you find your love for design? Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
One of the first pieces of architecture that I appreciated was my elementary school. All the exterior walls were glass block which gave a tremendous glow to the classroom. In addition, the walls varied in height. I enjoyed the building every day and I think it contributed to my wanting to become an architect.

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Tell me about your client.
We have a wonderful client for this project. They are attuned to what design can do for them and they continually challenge us to rethink design problems.

Do you have any stories you want to share about project?
One of the most rewarding moments of the project was when the client moved into the space and we found comments written by their employees about the space on the whiteboards that we designed. One comments was “I feel like I have to work harder to deserve this place.”

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How has the new space improved collaboration?
The plan is organized into neighborhoods, each one with a full height, 10’ long whiteboard. Each time I visit the space, the whiteboards are filled with work which varies by each group and gives each neighborhood character. The boards make the collaboration palpable.

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2013 Market Winner: ‘International Investment Firm’ by Robarts Interiors and Architecture

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Yaching Hsueh, Associate Director & Senior Interior Designer, talked with us about international recognition, adding richness to the space and creating better results than expected.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
The happiest moment of this project is when we received a notice from IIDA that this project has won honorable mention in IIDA Global Excellence Award Corporate Space Small category last December. This is the first international award for our company and myself. Getting international recognition is definitely rewarding as a designer. It is amazing we won the second international award for this project.

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What are you most proud of?
We are very proud of our team work. This was a design build project with our own MEP design, project management and seamless collaboration between our Beijing and Shanghai office. Professional performance from all team members with trust and support from the clients make this an outstanding project. The clients are also very proud of their office.

Think about a situation when things turned out different than you expected. How did the outcome impact the end result of the project?
We specified grey tinted glass for meeting room glass partition. However, since that was double-glazed partition system, the two layers of grey tinted glass become almost black glass. This was different than our expectation but it turned out the effect is even better. It created more contrast for the client area and the black glass went very well with the polished aluminum frame. This is fortunately a lesson learned with greater result.

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Do you have any stories you want to share about project?
When we did our first presentation to the client, one design element he had strong concern was the onyx slats being cheap hotel decoration. We convinced him that with delicate designed details, high quality materials and lighting, it will be exquisite. It proved to be one of the most successful features in the space and the client loves it.

Tell me more about the use of onyx in the space.
Nature has been our inspiration for design. The onyx we used for this project are so rich in pattern and colors, it is not only the feature of the space but also the color palate for the whole project. All materials from wood veneer, carpet, to upholstery on sofa were taken from the colors on the onyx.

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