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2014 Market Winner: Ludia by For. Design planning

As the winners of the 2014 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 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Andre Davingnon, APDIQ® – President and Artistic Director, talked with us about creating a place to not just work – but live, minimal design, and Mary Poppins’ favorite word!

Describe this project in one word.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
The Ludia project proposes a new vision of profitability based on the latest corporate ideologies. Offering smaller work stations, all close together, to facilitate team interaction. Then using the saved square footage to conceive gathering spaces to create the sense of belonging to its employees. By this new approach in design, the Ludia spaces went from simple offices to a place to live. As well as a better organisation and the increase of effectiveness, the biggest success of this design was to assemble all the right conditions to allow the implementation of the game culture and socialization in the workplace: From the serious production meeting… to the next hockey game!

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
The mandate was to develop a workshop for 84 artists, collaborative spaces, a multipurpose lounge, IT lab, a server room, a cloakroom for 100 people and washrooms, in a new 9600 square feet space, with a construction budget of 400,000$. An increased challenge appeared after demolition started forcing a reevaluation of the structural condition of the historic building. With this major necessary architectural work, the initial budget was amputated and a new strategy in design was required.

To obtain optimum results and impact, while taking into account budgetary constraints, the development of the design was based on three considerations:

  • Can we design, construct and manufacture with different means?
  • Can we achieve the same result by using less expensive materials?
  • Can we save money while creating custom product?

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One strategy used was to create a minimal design with the use of one or more vibrant color for a dramatic effect at a low cost. Following this principle, the new staircase and handrail were build according to industrial standard. The highly saturated orange color, used for this new area of vertical circulation, produces a grandiose effect. The lounge was fully painted black with the intention of harmonizing all of the existing architectural details from different historical periods.

This use of black paint acted as a canvas and enhanced all the colors and textures of the various furniture pieces and fun design elements. The monetary savings from the installation of commercial products such as vinyl tiles and baseboards, commercial type paint, standard doors and frames helped to put more emphasis on the lounge’s key items. More expensive products such as recycled wood, grass carpet, floral pattern carpet, mosaic backsplash, a mural by Montreal artists, printed mural and glass partitions were used in smaller quantities, creating a more dramatic effect while still maintaining a sense of unity.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

  • Using the physical and budgetary constraints as an incentive to create
  • Listening and a good analysis of the client’s need are a great formula for a tailored design
  • Dare to mix styles and approaches to create a unique design
  • Make it a priority to safeguard the architectural Heritage of a space and develop a new concept in keeping with the history of the place.
  • Crazy ideas exchanged while brainstorming (those we barely mention) sometimes make the best design
  • Color is your best ally – use it!
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2014 Market Winner: DIRECTV by AECOM

As the winners of the 2014 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 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Cathy Pack, Senior Associate, spoke with us about the presence of technology, opportunities in interiors work, and hearing & working with many voices.

Describe the project in one word.
High-resolution!

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
Before this project, DIRECTV did not have a campus – it was just a collection of buildings close to each other. With the addition of a cafeteria, gym, interactive lobby, conference center and courtyard, the 4,000+ employees engage with their environment and each other much more than ever. As far as the personal work areas, 30 floors were gutted and reconfigured so all employees enjoy daylight and a high ratio of collaborative space. Technology is present everywhere, with flat panel displays in every office and customized workstations with racks for equipment. Even in the ‘soft seating’ spaces, the material palette is sharp with contrasts of texture and color, reflecting the DIRECTV brand.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
Before any design took place, interviews were conducted with 42 departments and over 1,300 individuals! DIRECTV encourages all employees to have a voice, which is wonderful for the company, but challenging for the designers and the project management team to synthesize. The other challenge was convincing many of the employees to embrace the open, collaborative office space and, in some cases, relinquish private offices. The first build-out reflects some of this hesitation, but as the second and third buildings have rolled out, workstation panel heights have come down even lower, colors have become more vibrant, and teaming areas more prominent.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
The DIRECTV Headquarters is my first large-scale Interiors project, having come from more of a core-and-shell Architectural background. I feel that every architect should take opportunities to work on Interiors. In my experience, Interiors offers:

  • More exposure to clients and user groups
  • Faster decisions and increased design opportunities
  • More female leadership
  • Fine-tuned coordination of AV/Technology/Furniture
  • A highly engaged network of professionals and product representatives with year-round social and charity events
  • Opportunity to be on the front-end of our changing world and how technology is changing the way we work

Images: Interior Design, AECOM

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2014 Market Winner: TenneT Headquarters by Studio Groen+Schild

As the winners of the 2014 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 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Tine Groen, interior designer on the project, talked with us about connecting employees, using pure & honest materials, and planning for the future.

Describe the project in one word.
Cradle2Cradle

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
TenneT, a utility company for electricity transmission has evolved from a company with a technical identity to a people oriented organisation. The interior of its head office in Arnhem seamlessly matches its new identity. The open and transparency of the interior is designed to improve the mutual connection between all the employees working within this building. Pure and honest materials ensure a timeless base. Meeting places have been given their own look & feel based on three themes: people, nature and technology. This is expressed in colours, materials and signing. The diversity within the themes, brings more diversity within the users minds. The interior is extremely sustainable, even circular: the complete interior package can be dismantled. No glue, silicone kits or other toxic substances were used. The users understand that the whole interior design is specifically chosen for their health being, not only on the short turn, but also on the long run. The end result is a healthy interior that energises the employees of TenneT.

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Design is a process, explain your journey.
Disassembling is key within this project. It was our journey to design and connect the whole interior by keeping with this base, easy possibility for future disassembling, with 100% recycling possibilities. We feel that we only are part of the journey. What will be the journey of the selected products? They are here now, in which building will they be 20 years from now. How excited is that! Nothing needs to go to landfills, the selected interiors has many lives.

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What are the most important lessons that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
Design with the future in mind.

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2014 Market Winner: Jones Lang LaSalle by H.Hendy Associates

As the winners of the 2014 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 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Shaw Contract Group spoke with Julie Laurin IIDA CID LEED AP – Design Director, Kerry Wilson, AIA, LEED AP – Principal/Architect, and Heidi Hendy, CID, LEED AP – Principal about high expectations, encouraging new interactions, and future success.

Describe this project in one word.
United

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
When these two companies—one from a more progressive open environment and one traditional office layout—merged into a single corporate entity, everyone had heightened expectations that something was going to change. Maximizing this opportunity of expectations, we were able to design a space based on how the employees migrated through the space, unlike typical office layout norms.  The hub, great room, and casual conferencing were all placed directly adjacent to the main lobby.  This location supported a “first place to stop” behavior that encourages cross-cultural and team-centric connections between the newly merged companies.

The strategic  placement of these spaces for employee  engagement , individual focus and telecommuting  touchdown stations has proven to encourage new interactions with all and is quickly uniting the organizational cultures into one. When the managing principle was asked , “what element of design has had the most positive impact on the organization?” He quickly replied,  “ The Great Room. If I’m ever looking for an individual that the first place I go. It is always in use!”

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
A new workplace strategy can change only as fast as its organizational threshold and leadership expands their views, which at times can be a painfully slow process. This design had to support new ways of working into a team-oriented space without diminishing the positive qualities of either corporate culture.  The project  was polarized between the traditional and  open layout norms , each  had to buy in first, and each carefully considered step forward seemed to be followed by a step back. After several open-plan iterations followed by complete conceptual reversals, the client saw the advantages of leaning toward an environment  that would connect and engage the staff.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
Today, there is too much focus on design trends and not enough on sound business principles. The designed space should be a tool for the client’s future success. This is possible only when you understand the client’s current and future goals, organizational process, culture, and leadership dynamics.

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2014 Market Winner: XPrize Foundation by Wolcott Architecture | Interiors

As the winners of the 2014 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 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Tim Gajewski, AIA . IIDA . LEED®AP, Design Director at Wolcott, talked with us about the idea of a “blank canvas,” making a statement, and sticking to your guns.

Describe this project in one word.
Catalyst. 

XPrize 1 Lobby (Shaw Carpet)

How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
Our design for the project supported the idea of a “blank canvas,” allowing our client’s teams to project their individual personalities, culture, and history of experiences directly into the space, without being locked into any single ethos. Understanding that a blank canvas requires that the space can be wiped and changed frequently, the majority of the space features an open plan, and any workstations and semi-private offices are composed of completely demountable wall and furniture systems. This flexibility provides the catalyst and ultimate opportunity for self-reflection and regeneration.

XPrize 4 Open Work Area (Carpet Tile)

Design is a process. Explain your journey.
The key is identifying a strong Design Statement. It will dictate every decision regarding development elevations, details, or the floor pattern. In the case of X Prize, the spaceship was an iconic piece in their history, their first prize. In displaying the spaceship, the carpet in the seating pit was selected to enhance the effect of the ship taking off into space. This is one small example of our design process.

XPrize 7 View From Conference Room (Shaw Carpet)

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
The most important lesson learned from this project is to listen to your client and design for their vision. They may not always be be able to articulate the vision in your terminology. Other consultants may have agendas that may not promote the client’s vision. So the challenge is to listen, decipher, create, and stick to your guns during construction.

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