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Diamond Head a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-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, Makoto Horiike addresses the design process for Diamond Head in Tokyo Japan.

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Describe this project in one word.

静謐 Tranquility.

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

A space filled with white, transparent atmosphere and symmetrical beauty offers a serene setting. Softer materials are used for comfort, a benefit for employees as they engage and collaborate within the work space. Design is a process.  The primary goal for this design is for on-site visitors to easily understand the client’s brand identity.

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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?

Instead of simply decorating the surface of the target place, we should always aim for inhabitants to grasp the space through the design.

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Louis Dreyfus a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-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, Andy Cheyne addresses the design process for Louis Dreyfus in Calgary Canada. 

Describe this project in one word. Responsive.

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

In this case, the mantra “choice equals personal effectiveness” resonated during the programming process and in the resulting design. By providing access to shared-public, shared-private or quiet-private space the space becomes responsive to the needs of its users.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

By beginning the project with getting to know our client Louis Dreyfus, we talked through their culture, their challenges and their vision, and were able to unveil the need for open collaboration, technology choices, and a bright interactive space. The result was a seamless open floorplan providing quiet areas with non-built components like furniture, drapery and ceiling elements that softly delineate the zones. Adjacent to the central staff café is a technology hub, with optimal video-conferencing collaboration. Against a neutral palette, cobalt blues and lemon yellows were used to brand and engage the employees, a further response to the need for a bright and interactive environment.

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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?

For us, design is more than how a workplace looks. We believe good design has the power to transform how that workplace functions. By working with the team at Louis Dreyfus and learning about their organization’s goals, we were able to create an award winning space responsive to their needs.

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Coke Workplace Inspires Employee Happiness & Reflects the Magic of the Brand

The client vision for a new IT Center of Excellence required a workplace that would express their brand, support work processes, attract talent and showcase innovation. The idea|span design team embraced the client’s goal of an environment to inspire employee happiness, reflect the magic of the brand and lean forward in all aspects of technology, collaboration and mobility.

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Branding elements, expressive furniture, color and architecture are used to tell the client’s story. Appealing refreshment stations encourage employee to “enjoy a Coke and a smile” at arrival and circulation points throughout the facility. The environment includes teaming areas and heads-down space to support their dynamic work styles. Collaborative “pagodas,” visible in the open plan express recognizable themes of the client’s brand: red, felt panel’s mimic a koozie, stacked Coke bottle crates form the polar bear’s igloo and freezer curtains surrounding collaborative venues to create “coolers”. Integrated technology and robust wireless make this a truly fluid place. These details energize and enrich employee experience by offering a rich palette of places to choose from as they connect, collaborate and produce.

2 TCCC IT COE - Igloo Collaborative Pagoda

The physical layout of the space and the furniture selections are designed for efficiency and flexibility to support innovation and change. A benching solutions forms the framework of the individual workspaces however scattered between these fixed elements are mobile tables, screens and ottomans employees can reconfigure to support their daily needs. A high number of contractors are integral to the IT work processes. FTE’s and consultants hotel in ratios designed to maximize utilization.

5 TCCC IT COE - Collaborative Work Area with Benching Solutions

When developing the palette for this project, the Atlanta-based design team wanted to incorporate not only the recognizable colors of the client’s brand, but also the emotions that the brand evokes. Carpet plays a large role in conveying happiness and energy throughout the space. It also serves a secondary function of zoning different venues and creating scale within a large footprint.

7 TCCC IT COE - Cooler Collaborative Pagoda & Open Workstations

Shaw Contract Group products, Horizontal Edge tile and Vertical Edge tile are used thanks to the active patterning in the carpet. The application of this carpet is an effortless addition to proving the sense of energy and activity resonating in pagodas, conference and huddle rooms. One of the main goals for the design team is seen in the carpets visual breaks, assisting in breaking up the sizable floor plate. The creation of unique patterns with plank carpet for multiple venues contributes to the continuity of propelling activity, engagement, and productive work throughout. While the recognizable brand color of the client is incorporated in much of the flooring, custom carpets, signaling collaborative zones, accommodate a more vibrant use of color such as yellow. This connects the idea of talent having the authority to choose venues in which they feel happy and compelled to work.

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The carpeting showcases an enticing side to the work environment that the client wanted to exhibit. Serving as a forefront to the design both visually and functionally, the execution behind the design served a greater purpose. The client is able to host an attractive and invigorating space for the department to feel the same goodwill that is bottled in the refreshing products of their brand.

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Corporate Design Trends for 2013

Gensler has released its Design Forecast for 2013, which is a detailed summary of what’s trending in global markets and their implications for design. With 60 identified trends, this report touches on all market segments and gives insight into relevant areas such as product design and urban development.

What’s in store for corporate environments this year? Here are a few items on the list that we feel are making a big impact:

Trend #2: Millennial Influence—The influence of millennial workers can be seen in the workplace and this reflects the cohort’s interest in self-direction and self-expression. The new Velti offices (by AECOM) illustrates that co-working space provides an instant community that’s used for rapid-fire collaboration. Hackable space can be reshaped on the fly to meet a work team’s fast changing-needs. Artwork and amenities are homegrown and contemporary.

Velti by AECOM in San Francisco, CA (c) David Wakely

Trend #3: Supporting Focus Work—Studies show that individual focus work is the most significant factor in workplace effectiveness—and if supported, then collaboration, learning and social interaction improve. If you don’t, it atrophies. The challenge is how to support focus work in the open work setting.

Trend #10-12: Corporate Campus Headquarters –Whether the preference is urban or suburban, the latest campus centers are tailored to the company’s culture and ways of working more closely than in the past—giving global and mobile teams a home base. Some of the larger energy, technology and financial giants are opting for mega campuses with the goal of supporting work processes, collaboration, social cohesion and to protect intellectual property…truly a self-contained community. This CBRE space, a project by Gensler, is a great depiction of how these preferences influence company culture.

CBRE Orange County by Gensler in Newport Beach, CA

Need more? Read the entire forecast at www.gensler.com

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