October 21, 2009

Interior design awards presented

Callison’s interior design of the Providence System Office in Renton won the People’s Choice Award at the INawards presented earlier this month in Seattle.

The Northern Pacific Chapter of the International Interior Design Association hosted the awards. Jurors were Jody Pene of GBD Architects, Brian Graham of Brian Graham Design and Chris Bardt of 3SIX0 Architecture.

NBBJ Principal Chris Larson won an Honor Award for his career accomplishments and provocative approaches to conceiving interior space by integrating light, context, furnishings, art and other elements. TerrisDraheim Principal Terry Draheim won the Industry Partner Award for his longtime role with the design community as a teacher, mentor and legislative advocate.

Dong Il of Cornish College of the Arts and Katie Doyle won Wilsonart International scholarships.

Chris Eden photo courtesy of Callison [enlarge]

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Callison designed the 135,500-square-foot Providence office to have a classic and timeless design. The open floor plan has no hard-wall offices except for six executive offices and elliptical-shaped work/break rooms. The shape of the work/break rooms is intended to give relief to the rectilinear building architecture.

The LEED gold headquarters, which opened last year, maximizes daylight while providing a flexible work environment that can be expanded as needs evolve. The project has colorful wayfinding elements and a state-of-the-art conference center. Theresa Wood and Katie Lacey led the project. BNBuilders was the contractor.


Photo by Tucker English [enlarge]

CORPORATE: Gensler’s assignment to design the interiors for Safeco Insurance’s Seattle headquarters was no small task.

Encompassing a total of 480,000 square feet in two locations, the design was driven by Safeco’s desire to create an environment that would satisfy both employees and shareholders. The design team’s response was to respect the Northwest’s aesthetic by using warm, natural materials, including solid wood and wood screens, natural silk wall panels, metal screens and gossamer fabrics.

Linda Moriarty was principal in charge of the team, which won first place in the corporate category. The team included Sid Scarboro, Chad Yoshinobu and Susana Covarrubias. Skanska USA was the general contractor.

Honorable mentions were awarded to SABArchitects for Novo Nordisk’s office in Seattle, and NBBJ for Seattle Children’s Research Institute.


Photo by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]

HEALTH CARE: NBBJ won the health care category for Swedish Orthopedic Institute in Seattle, an 11-story project.

Key goals were creating a patient-centered experience and meeting the increasing demand for orthopedic services.

The designers emphasized daylight, visual connections and improved wayfinding. The two-story glass pavilion is adjacent to courtyards. A glazed circulation core rises from the lobby and reveals activities inside.

Kristina Ryhn was the principal in charge, and Diane Lindberg-Nigh was the lead interior designer. Other team members were Diane Lasko, Leigh Sutphin and Jose Sama. Sellen Construction was the general contractor.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership won an honorable mention for St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.


Photo by Lara Swimmer [enlarge]

PUBLIC: SkB Architects designed the Microsoft Visitors’ Center in Redmond to “illuminate the humanity” behind the company’s technology while communicating Microsoft’s history and giving a glimpse into its future, according to the design firm.

SkB Partner Shannon Rankin and Senior Designer Jami Howard won the public space category.

The interior of the 10,000-sqaure-foot visitors’ center is also used for parties, press conferences and other large events. The center’s first display is a large orb that uses 3D technology to project real-time statistics and information.

Natural stone, wood and fabrics add a human touch to balance the center’s digital character.

Sellen and Imagicrops built the center.

LMN Architects won an honorable mention for the Vancouver Convention Centre West.


Photo by Larry Goldstein [enlarge]

HOSPITALITY: Box Interior Design designed Coast, a seafood restaurant in Vancouver, B.C., and the adjoining O Lounge. The goal; create a modern space with a sense of tradition. It won in the hospitality category.

The designers used turquoise tones, custom mosaic-tile floors and leather banquettes. The main level, which has a central bar and open kitchen, features harder surfaces, while the upper level is more calming with darker tones and carpets. The area at the top of the stairs is a VIP room with teak cladding and capiz shell drapery. A glass balustrade on the mezzanine connects the levels.

The lounge’s upper level is illuminated by abalone patterned drink tables and suspended glowing shades. The main level has coral toned velvet maze seating.

Principals H. Jay Brooks and Cynthia Penner worked on the project with Tara Lingle and Monica Jeffers. Action Projects was the general contractor.

NB Design Group won an honorable mention for Vida Wellness Spa in Seattle’s Pan Pacific Hotel, and NBBJ won for the Beijing Intercontinental Five Star Hotel.


Photo by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]

RESIDENTIAL: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen designed the residential winner, a private Hong Kong villa on a rocky hillside overlooking the South China Sea.

Interior finishes are concrete, locally sourced limestone, glass, wood and bronze. The central space has 25-foot ceilings and is flanked by more intimate seating and dining areas.

The owner had most of the building materials and custom furniture shipped from Seattle. Craftspeople from the Pacific Northwest fabricated furnishings and finishes.

Jim Olson was the design principal and Scott Allen of Scott Allen Architecture was the managing principal. William Franklin and Wing-Yee Leung were project managers. T. S. Chu Architects Ltd., was the local architect, and PCS Structural Solutions was the structural engineer. Jim Olson was the lead on the interior design, and Charlie Fairchild was the project manager.

Brainfield Limited was the contractor.

Suyama Peterson Deguchi won an honorable mention for a private residence in Seattle’s Broadmoor neighborhood.


Photos courtesy of Suyama Peterson Deguchi [enlarge]

CONCEPT: Suyama Peterson Deguchi’s architectural clients often ask for home furnishing suggestions, and two items the firm struggled to find were well-designed floor lamps and fireplace tools. So architect George Suyama designed them and won the concept design award.

Both were designed with simple lines to be functional and handsome, fitting naturally into any interior style or setting, according to the Seattle firm.

Tod Von Mertens crafted the items and Workshop 22 fabricated them with blackened steel.

DLR Group won an honorable mention for the ongoing renovation of the Activities Building at The Evergreen State College. Panattoni is the general contractor.






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