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.
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.
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.
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.