Shaw Contract Group’s Design is... Award program honors architecture and design firms that are redefining the direction of design while improving quality of life for occupants. The competition is now in its eighth year, and the jury selected six projects out of 369 entries from 26 countries as winners.
Velti Headquarters in San Francisco designed by AECOM of Los Angeles
The design of this new workspace takes cues from social networks and creates a neighborhood-like vibe. Elements including retractable walls allow shifting divisions between informal and formal work areas, and spaces are enhanced by an abundance of natural light, bold graphics, and textures.
SYNQA ITOKI Innovation Center in Tokyo, Japan designed by ITOKI Corporation of Tokyo, Japan
Though the center occupies three floors, its design encourages a lively flow of ideas. The first floor represents the influx of ideas, the second floor expresses the interaction of external wisdom, and the third floor reflects the fruition of internal knowledge.
Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue, Nebraska designed by HDR Architecture of Omaha, Nebraska
The design of this medical environment drew influence from the designs of hospitality projects to provide an environment that is soothing and relaxing. Nature also provided inspiration for the selection of carpet patterns, grass-etched glazing along patient rooms, and textiles with floral motifs.
Macalester College – Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center in St. Paul, Minnesota designed by HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis
Warm materials, soft accent lighting, and comfortable furniture within this concert hall prove inviting to the community members it serves. The facade comprises red oak slats installed in a pattern inspired by polyrhythm and staccato textures in music. These textures are echoed inside in the floor finishes, pendant lighting, and signage.
NNSA National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri designed by HNTB Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s new office space celebrates the administration's collective genius. Anticipated to achieve LEED Gold Certification, the project includes a walking trail, courtyard, fitness center, and cafeteria. The mostly white surfaces within are accented by walnut paneling and strategic splashes of color. The design also draws inspiration from graphic models used by scientists to visualize their work.
Red Bull Argentina in San Isidro, Argentina designed by Avola-Llaber Arquitectos of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Winning the People’s Choice Award with more than 900,000 votes, the design of this space was inspired by the brand’s mantra: “Red Bull gives you wings.” The layout encourages social interaction, and includes a semi-open gallery with sliding doors, a dining bar, and a space for viewing the brand’s own Red Bull Media House films.
“After eight years and more than 1,700 entries from 31
countries, the Design Is... Award continues to champion design excellence
across market segments and around the world,” says John Stephens, vice
president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “The Design is... Award program
celebrates more than just beautiful spaces. These projects surmount simple
beauty to deliver innovative solutions, impacting the people who encounter the
space and the functions that take place within.”
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