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Microsoft Conference Centre named 2015 Design Is…Award People’s Choice Winner

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Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Marjorie Marshall from Metaphore Design spoke with us about the design approach for the Microsoft Conference Centre project.

Describe this project in one word.

Stimulation.

The Microsoft Conference Centre keywords required the environment to be a fun and casual place to exchange, learn and inspire innovation.

In what way does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

Although the Microsoft Conference Centre (serving visitors and employees alike) offers varied options for conventional meetings and training sessions-  the common areas are infused with enticing opportunities for spontaneous collaboration and quiet reflection. Whether the visitor is sipping a cappuccino at the bar, enjoying the view at the window seat, playing a lively game of XBox , or sharing a private exchange in the banquette nook – the process of  shared learning and creativity is reinforced by the stimulating environment.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

Of course every project begins with a thorough exploration of our clients’ company. By understanding the Microsoft management objectives and challenges for this project, we could direct our design solutions to re-enforce their corporate goals.  The Metaphore Design creative process ensures that there is a direct link between the project Design Concept and our clients Corporate Soul. Beginning with client -directed KEYWORDS, we select images relating to the essence of these words. The next layer is architectural images inspired by the keyword images. From there, we develop the Design Concept connecting to the layout and clients functional needs. At every stage, we connected back with the Microsoft project team to ensure we were on the same wavelength. This way, they felt empowered to be part of our process and were very enthusiastic at the presentation of our ideas for the Conference Centre…

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

This project was an exciting one for our design team. It had to be great! Microsoft believed in Metaphore Design to create a space that would encourage collaboration and innovation.  We were so pumped to meet the challenge. The success of the Microsoft project was truly due to our ability to work together as a united team. By fully utilizing our individual strengths, and collaborating as a united force, we were stronger than the sum of our parts, and we became a better team in the process.

I would say to young designers – don’t be afraid to co-operate FULLY in a team… You won’t lose anything, and everyone will gain.

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Nando’s Central Kitchen a 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of Global Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Here, Tracy Lynch with Studio Leelynch spoke with us about the specific, South African-inspired design approach.

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Describe this project in one word.

African.

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

Located in Johannesburg, Nando’s Central Kitchen is comprised of converted warehouse spaces and incredibly supportive interior design – the open plan spaces initiated a collaborative working environment,  and the inspired art collection serves as inspiration for the team. By combining real materials and authentic local designer pieces, we connect daily work to a sensory experience, deeply embedded in a powerful local context.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

My design philosophy is focused on developing a deeply conscious response to the particular requirements of my clients. Powerful brand experiences which reflect the vision and values of the projects initiators are at the heart of my creative direction. The intended outcome is the realisation of a product, event, experience or interior that has the ability to inspire, to be more than the sum of it’s parts. In addition to conscious creative direction the celebration of local talent and creativity and the meaningful spend of resources is a focus of my design process. I believe the time for Africa is now, I want to celebrate this through my work and share with the world the positive creative energy that I am exposed to in South Africa every day.

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

Collaboration is key.  Harnessing the creative energy of South African designers result in a rich and layered interior story.  The collaborative process of infusing spaces with pieces challenge me as a designer to become a designer curator. The process added extraordinary value to the end product and allowed the true creative spirit of South Africa into the spaces.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: West Harrison 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of Global Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Suzen Heeley from Ewing Cole addresses the design process for MSK in West Harrison, NY.

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Describe this project in one word.

Serenity

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

A patient relayed the following to us regarding her experience at this facility:

Newly diagnosed with cancer, a woman who happens to be an interior designer, chose to go to our new regional center located near her home.  Understandably, she felt anxious, nervous and stressed about her first visit and did not know what to expect.  Upon walking into the lobby, her nerves calmed and she felt less anxious seeing the design of the space.  She told us that the colors, finishes and furniture made her feel secure about being at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center…that she knew she was in the right place.  For if MSK cared enough to create such a wonderful space, it was an organization that truly cared about her as a person and as a patient.  And she was pleased to see pendant light fixtures she recognized from her design work!

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

At first glance, it was a challenge to see beyond the dated brick and metal panel building to envision what is now MSK West Harrison.  Once our design team recovered from the shock of being handed such a challenge, they recognized the location offered great potential to become our latest MSK outpatient facility, transforming an existing 1950’s office building into a 114,000 square foot, contemporary cancer center. No detail was overlooked in crafting a transformational patient experience within a sustainable, green building environment.  The design features of this intuitive, serene space work to maximize patient comfort and reduce anxiety, while providing the most advanced clinical care.  The patient is the focus forevery design journey we take and pushing our design consultants beyond their comfort zones to create the right design is our mission.  We are the #1 cancer center in the U.S. and our patient environments should reflect this in every way.

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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?

  1. Leave your fears at the door and push yourselves way beyond your comfort zone…forget status quo.
  2. Put yourself in the patient’s shoes and see the space and experience through their eyes.
  3. Separate yourself from the pack…there are many designers out there and Owners look for what distinguishes you from the rest.
  4. Never say “never”…there’s always a better solution out there.
  5. Don’t recycle design ideas you’ve created for another healthcare organization; each project is a new opportunity for you to reach new heights.

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Showroom Multicarpet Rollux is a 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Global winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Maite Bartolomé from + Architects addresses the design process for Showroom Multicarpet Rollux in Santiago, Chile.

Describe this project in one word.

Showcase

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

The design is based on  Exhibition Support Elements that characterize the interior space, so the relationship between the visitor and the showcased products becomes fluid and interactive, becoming part of the natural use of the space.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The Multicarpet Rollux showroom gathers sales and product specification offices, and exhibition spaces for both companies. The commission emphasized from the outset that the work and exhibition spaces were integrated, seeking a close relationship with the client, and transmitting the intention of Rollux and Multicarpet of supporting architects find the right materials and solutions for each project, in a joint work similar to an architecture studio.

With this starting point, the design of the Showroom integrates materials and products from both companies as a natural solution to the main functional and climatic requirements of the building, and not as exhibited elements in isolation. The design focuses on two main elements:

1)   A large wooden shelving system located in the center of the building, associated to the vertical circulation of the Showroom, will serve as a reference library for catalogs that provide insight into the multiple lines of Multicarpet flooring. This shelving system has a second technical function, as it hides HVAC equipment and serves as horizontal and vertical shaft for building facilities.

2)    A metal perimeter rail and facade profiles that support the various lines of Interior and Exterior Rollux Curtains, along all glass facades of the building, allowing to control the optimal natural lighting in workspaces and characterize the exterior facades.

The architecture of the building focuses on the solution of the details of these two elements, simple solutions are sought for a clean project that transmits the quality of the materials displayed.

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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 importance of the flexibility and adaptability of the building.  The building should remain as a neutral background for the exhibited products, so it can evolve through time, allowing changes on use and function, not becoming obsolete.
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And the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners Are…

Firms Celebrated for Design Excellence Around the World

In its tenth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Seven projects out of 477 entries from 30 countries were selected as winners. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

“After ten years and more than 2,200 entries from across the world, the Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across global market segments,” says John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “The Design is… Award program celebrates beautiful spaces – but layered with the delivery of innovative solutions, impacting how individuals encounter, approach and ultimately use a space.”

And the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners are (drumroll please)…

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Firm: Nando’s | Johannesburg South Africa

Project: Central Kitchen | Johannesburg South Africa

The new campus comprises seven inter-connected buildings, designed to be a functional and highly-productive articulation of a sophisticated, forward-thinking, South African aesthetic.

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Firm: +Architects | Santiago Chile

Project: Showroom Multicarpet Rollux | Santiago Chile

Keeping client relationships at the forefront, the design of this space provides a solution to the functional and climatic requirements of the building. A large, central library and optimal control of natural light pair well with natural elements like steel, stone and concrete.

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Firm: EGBARQ | Santiago Chile

Project: School of Rock Santiago | Santiago Chile

As Chile’s first academic venue for North American music, this space called for rich design that’s young, fresh and exudes movement. Incorporating container sheets, brick, wicker and cement finishes, the firm created an informal atmosphere. Graphic elements add to the richness of the interior.

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Firm: Jackson Clements Burrows | Melbourne Australia

Project: Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus | Melbourne Australia

The campus spans a full city block and provides a balance of sophistication and playfulness in a flexible environment, as dictated by the key principles of: connection, experience, diversity, journey and engagement. Intuitive circulation and cross-campus sightlines punctuate primary pathways.

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Firm: Forme UK | London UK

Project: Somerset House | London UK

Aiming for seamless transition and addressing the architectural openness, transparency and permeability of design, designers gave a deft touch to the historic structure through a process of non-intrusive rejuvenation.

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Firm: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Ewing Cole | New York NY

Project: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: West Harrison | Harrison NY

114,000 SF of modern, intuitive space is designed to maximize patient comfort and reduce anxiety, crafting a transformational patent experience. Material sections convey optimism, strength, understanding and hope. A soft, muted palette creates a calm, serene environment to help patients relax.

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Firm: Metaphore Design | Montreal Canada

Project: Showroom Microsoft | Montreal Canada

Washed in natural light, this 4,000 square-foot conference center features leading technology within its six meeting rooms and attached training facility. A neutral palette and intense color is used to brand and engage. Sleek organic shapes greet visitors, who have the option to relax or exchange conversation between sessions. The charcoal and white palette adds contrast throughout the space.

Twenty distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. The jurors reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.

The judging panel included:

  • Bradley Barnett, Guild 13
  • Ron Bateman, HOK
  • Brian Berry, Gensler
  • Stephanie Clements, THW Design
  • Sandra Cortner, Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Tim L. Cowell, The Walt Disney Company
  • Victor Feingold, Metrobuilding
  • Cynthia Ann Haight, ThenDesign Architecture
  • Joan Insel, Callison
  • Shane Kelly, tp bennett
  • Jonathan Kim, Steven Leach & Associates Inc.
  • Jiayi Li, Shanghai Architectural Decoration and Landscape Design Research Institute
  • Geraldine Maher, Jackson Architecture
  • Karen Miller, NBBJ
  • Bill Puetz, Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV Design
  • Rob Toner, Cox Enterprises Inc.
  • Erica Wickes, 34F Design Inc.
  • Elisa Worden, Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Charles Young, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials.

View the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners video to see the best and brightest design minds breathe life into their breathtaking design visions.

Firms can currently enter the 2016 Design Is…Award competition at the Shaw Contract Group site.

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