officeinsight Articles on Projects
10.15.12 | One might wonder whether an aligned dealership needs its own showroom in cities where the related manufacturer, in this case Herman Miller, has a fine and extensive showroom. It seems to be a great idea. W.B. Wood’s new offices are a working showroom and, after all, dealerships should live as they preach, and Mr. Mines clearly believes this. Does the design reflect the “new” multi-layered work-zone approach we’ve been hearing so much about? Read on and see. One nice aspect of the new offices is that pick up on one of the most important trends in modern workplaces: achieving some sense of and connection to our relationships with the outside world.
5.21.12 | HLW International incorporated elements of JetBlue's award-winning Terminal 5 and the historic Saarinen Terminal at JFK into the new space through the use of expressive curves that suggest flight, bright communal spaces, large scale branded walls, and bold pops of color. JetBlue's office design highlights the airline's focus on egalitarianism with one type of open-style workspace for all crew members through the manager level.
5.21.12 | Gensler worked with developer, The Rockefeller Group, and base building architect, KPF, to bring BASF’s sustainable vision to life for its new 325,000 sq.-ft., state of the art North American Regional Headquarters in Florham Park, NJ. With BASF’s dual LEED targets – LEED Platinum for the building design and the interiors – the headquarters is expected to be one of the greenest buildings in New Jersey.
4.29.12 | Rows of low profile, workbench-style furniture – Antenna Workspaces and Generation work chairs by Knoll – radiate from the central core and foster collaboration and provide welcome external views for everyone. Private focus work areas located throughout were created with frameless clear glass panels to preserve views and connectivity to teams.
4.22.12 | Architecture firm Francis Cauffman did the redesign of the former federal courthouse, the Daniel L. Herrmann Courthouse, in downtown Wilmington for Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. Young Conaway is the sole tenant of the 233,880-sq.-ft. courthouse built in 1916 and vacant since 2002.
2.20.12 | Last week, Gensler announced Tina Uznanski is the winner of the 2012 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship competition. In receiving this announcement, I was encouraged by some of the aspects of this competition that elevate it above some of the other competitions of which I am aware. Ms. Uznanski writes: Suspended in the shifting stacks, the books densely line the labyrinth’s pathways. The hand gently collects a single book by gripping the hardened fabric of the spine . . . . With the shift of tightly gripping fingers, the wheat paste hardened fabric brings the mind into another world.
2.20.12 | For buildings of any complexity, good architecture requires a reasonably solid grounding in the related interior design principles and practices. Common sense suggests this and experience confirms it. Cornerstone Architectural Group has found that interior lighting, with its functional, aesthetic and energy concerns, illuminates this understanding. There are many ways in which interior design knowledge can be integrated into any building project, for example, when lighting manufacturers such as Finelite provide training and seminars to the A&D community.
2.6.12 | The IIDA and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, recently announced the winners for the second annual Global Excellence Awards. Best of Competition went to Water Chamber in Suzhou designed by Shanghai Lv Yong Zhong Art & Design Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China, which was selected from 92 international design firms from 32 countries around the globe.
1.30.12 | As an industry tradition, Contract magazine’s Interiors Breakfast has become a valuable barometer for what we can expect the rest of the year to hold for the A&D industry. This year, being the public debut of Contract’s new Editor-in-Chief John Czarnecki, many among the audience looked forward to Mr. Czarnecki’s stamp upon the event following the many successful years of his predecessor, Jennifer Busch, currently Vice President of A&D Market Development for InterfaceFLOR.
1.16.12 | It was a good year, right? Perhaps not a great year, as we in this industry have known it, but, sequentially, quite a good year for the those creating interior environments. Employment, one of the key drivers in the interiors economy, has been spotty, yet pent up demand and the every-changing workplace has cut the purse strings, freeing some of the stored profits of major corporations, all to our benefit. Organizations are even more focused on productivity and related efficiencies, causing workplace redesign and furnishing as they pursue more effective use of their real estate, having lived through the second traumatic recession in a decade. At the same time, the scattered rays of economic sunlight have turned organizational minds toward staffing needs and the twin demands of retention and recruitment.
So, for many it was back to making hay, putting aside the difficult tasks of redesigning their business to correct the shortcomings that are so easily swept beneath the carpet during the good times.
Here is a glancing overview of the events that we covered last year.