officeinsight Articles on Projects
4.15.13 | FXFOWLE’s design for RIT’s Sustainability Hall is a state-of-the-art “living laboratory” for sustainability research. The 84,000-sq.ft. facility is the new headquarters for RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, housing the GIS master’s degree and Ph.D. programs in sustainability and architecture. FXFOWLE’s main goal for this project was “to create a world-renowned institute that improves sustainable processes and is a beacon for innovation.”
3.25.13 | The distinction of Toyo Ito's works in his "seeing the opportunities that lie in each commission and each site," rather than adhering to a recognizable style. "When one building is completed, I become painfully aware of my own inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project."
3.25.13 | The firm wanted a space that was modern and innovative, with an open-office environment fostering a culture of collaboration, mentorship and teamwork. “We wanted to infuse the space with a feeling of comfort that makes for a great place to work and a great place to take our business to the next level,” said Chris Jackson, regional managing partner for Stream Realty.
3.18.13 | The Lowline project involve sabout 40,000 sq.ft. of usable subterranean space, about an acre and a half beneath Delancey Street, NYC.“At its heart,” said project leader James Ramsey, the Lowline is an idea to build the world’s first underground garden. With its effort to funnel daylight below ground, it is clearly a new frontier in interior design.
2.25.13 | Optimally, each design discipline will inform and inspire the others. Last week, Interior Design magazine and Flexform hosted a lively panel discussion that explored how and where two disciplines intersect. The panel included graphic designer Richard Poulin, James Polshek of Ennead Architects, and Joan Krevlin of BKSK Architects. The event was also a commemoration of Mr. Poulin’s third book, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History.
2.25.13 | For five years, the New York chapter of the IIDA has hosted an auction that encourages interior designers to channel their creativity after hours, as well as keep some material they use in their day job out of the landfill. The fifth annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was held on February 13th at the Open House Gallery in New York the silent auction proceeds going to Fiver Children’s Foundation. Not surprisingly, there was some extraordinary work on display.
2.18.13 | It's hard to imagine now the esteem accorded the architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978) at the height of his career in the 1950s. As Mary Ann Hunting's book makes clear – Edward Durell Stone: Modernism's Populist Architect – Stone tapped into a widespread desire – shared by the design professions and the public – for an easily understood Modernism, a Modernism that would challenge stark functionalism with the sensuous, the luxurious, and occasionally the monumental.
2.18.13 | The HOK-designed space for Brown & James is intended to firmly establish the firm as a downtown St. Louis law firm. Large windows offer a panoramic view of downtown from the elegant lobby and conference center, which feature a decorative stone floor, wood slat ceiling with embedded lighting and medium and dark tone, custom maple woodwork that provides a rich texture that is repeated throughout the office.
2.4.13 | By nature – even by definition – the office is changing dramatically. We now see clearly that interior design has a much more dramatic role in creating interior environments than prettifying and compressing workspaces, and that the profession is now stepping up in much more imaginative ways to provide places to work that are both healthier and more productive. Few companies have been as imaginative as Steelcase in exploring new ground, first, in the late 1990s, with community-based planning, and now, with its Workspring initiative.
1.14.13 | Last year was a pretty good year in the commercial design and contract furniture industries. Large contract furniture companies had, in general, some very nice stock performance. Smaller companies were strong on profits and performance. Interior design is fast maturing as an important profession whose reach is extending quickly. Next week we’ll go over some of the business aspects. For now, here are some general highlights of the year.