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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.
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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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2013 Market Winner: FOX Vakanties by Buro Bogaarts Interiordesign

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.

Jos Bogaarts, Owner, talked to us about creating environments for people, re-utilizing a chicken farm and designing an inspiring space for an inspiring organization.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
That is easy. From my early years, there was one thing that was clear: my passion for creating things and environments for people. The influence and importance of the environment one lives in was inspiring for me. I grew up in a very beautiful old estate, dating from 1683. That house presented ages of the way how (wealthy) people lived and what style, even the influence of time, style, behavior and culture on a building. I think I wanted to have my say about our environment.

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What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
FOX Vacations made an impression on me for being an organization that brings people to the most evocative places of this planet. That made it clear for me that the persons that make this possible (the office employees) should be surrounded by inspiring forms, colors and materials.

What is your first memory of the project?
That the employees worked in an uninspiring building.

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What was the happiest moment of the project?
The moment we saw that everything was in balance and all the pieces felt together. The flooring, the glass walls with all different patterns and the colors of the furniture. But also how Interiordesign met the building in a very charming way.

Is there anything about this project that touched you personally?
What touched me personally was that we were given the space and trusted to create this piece of art.

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What design elements did you use to meet BREEM and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ principles?
Creating an environment that makes working in it nice, long lasting and inspiring, is an element that meets close to the core principles of BREEM. All materials are checked, but also the details of all objects are designed to prevent damaging. We even re-used wood of a former chicken farm, to create this lounge area 😉

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Historic Church gets Repurposed as a Modern-Day Bookstore

Designers had to mix old and new when it came to creating this Waanders In de Broeren bookstore in The Netherlands. BK Architecten‘s transformed a 15th century church into a modern bookstore, which includes a third floor and coffee shop. The design had to uphold the historical value and size of the church while making it a functioning retail store. To best preserve the original look of the space, only white balconies and natural materials were added to the church building.

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Images: BK ARCHITECTEN

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