The 12th annual INawards event held on October 26 at Benaroya Hall handed out nine awards to seven firms located in the Northern Pacific Chapter. Read on for the winning firms and project submissions.
INconcept15 Winner: NBBJ
Project: Denny Substation
This new electrical substation in downtown Seattle will include two interior spaces to activate the site; a 3,900 SF Community Meeting Space and a 2,900 SF Energy Inspiration Center. With a client known as “the nation’s greenest utility”, we took the opportunity to develop these spaces to reflect their values and to create a new front door to engage with the community. This project also hopes to inspire and educate visitor’s to own the role they play in the future of power and showcase the impressive trajectory of modern energy both through exhibits and the project itself, which is projected to be Net Positive Energy and receive Petal Certification from the Living Building Challenge. For design inspiration, we looked to the hydropower dams that provide electricity to Seattle, which led to a simple concept of water and light that manifests in the project’s forms, colors, and textures.
INhealthcare15 Winner: NBBJ
Project: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
The new healthcare facility, is an integrated healthcare campus serving the city of San Carlos, California. With room for 120 providers offering a full range of primary and specialty care clinics, the facility includes an urgent care center, outpatient surgery center, full clinical laboratory and digital imaging services. The four-story, 192,000-square-foot facility is situated on a prominent 18.5-acre site overlooking the San Carlos region and resonates contextually with the historic Missions of the area. Clinics are located within the building to align horizontally with their associated acute care services in a future 4-story 97-bed hospital that will complete development on the site.
INhome15 Winner: Amy Baker Design
Project: Chelan Lake House
Inspired by “camp life” and a family’s love for the outdoors, this hideaway was designed for modern, easy living. The design draws from its natural environment, as well as from the history and culture of the region: miner’s cabins, barns, and alpine structures. These vernacular influences blend with modern shapes and details to create a fresh and welcoming aesthetic. Living spaces spread across three levels allow for separation and togetherness, while connecting to the outdoors and breathtaking views.
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INhospitality15 Winner: Box Interior Design Inc.
Project: Glowbal Restaurant
As the new masthead for our clients’ broad array of restaurants, this 17,000 square foot space is intended to offer a warm and easy glamour that feels intimate, sexy and vibrant. Guests enter the restaurant at center stage to experience the dramatic double height space and the full width of the fifty foot show kitchen. From the central champagne bubble lounge to the voyeuristic leather armchairs around the mezzanine or within one of the signature private rooms, there is a seat for every occasion.
©Box Interior Design Inc.
INmass15 (Macro) Winner: Gensler
Project: Microsoft, Buildings 16 & 17
”Creating Connections”, the design concept for this workspace environment which spans two separate buildings, is based on the mobile lifestyle connecting through devices and the cloud. The space showcases this technology, connectivity and new ways of working that it enables.
INmass15 (Macro) Winner: Gensler
Project: Howard S Wright, Headquarters Relocation
This client’s new headquarters was designed as a place to inspire collaboration, showcase thought leadership and innovation. The space functions as a place where “shiny shoes meet muddy boots,” a term the client used to describe their culture that integrates the workplace with construction site activity. Located in the upper level of a historically designated 60s era post office building, their full floor space is designed around two major components, namely community and craft.
INpublic15 Winner: SkB Architects
Project: Blue Sky Church
The project is the renovation of a 1977 one story office building located in Bellevue, Washington into a place of worship, fellowship, inspiration and human connection for a diverse growing congregation and it’s surrounding neighborhood. The project was a balance of recognizing the significance and importance of fellowship, and connection while maintaining the church’s existing culture of informality. Bringing natural light into the public spaces was a strong priority to promote pre‐services and programs in contrast the focused intimacy of the sanctuary. Materials were selected for their contrasting tactility along with warm and cool colorations to create a comfortable relaxed quality.
INstory15 Winner: Mithun
Project: Navos Behavioral Healthcare Center for Children, Youth and Families
The sole purpose of this project is to heal and improve the lives of foster children and children with special needs. Located on the shore of Lake Burien, the campus consists of five new buildings: an Outpatient Treatment Facility to welcome newcomers and provide counseling and healthcare, three Residential Cottages to house and treat children with special needs and Independence Bridge (IB), an apartment building for young adults transitioning from the foster system into independent living. Despite the constraints of a tight budget and many programmatic safety needs, the completed campus is designed with integrated indoor and outdoor environments that offer healing and sanctuary. The region’s children and youth now have a place where they can heal from traumatic experiences in a safe and welcoming environment.
An ability to empathize and deeply understand the user experience is the interior designer’s most important design tool. It enables the creation of wonderful designs that support the needs of and resonate with users. For this project, the programming and design process yielded a unique design experience that was emotional on many levels. Putting oneself into the mind of a troubled, abused and afraid child is no easy task. In the end, through the thoughtful work of all the design team members, a campus was created for children with special needs who have gone through traumatic experiences ranging from abuse to mental illness and beyond. Despite budget constraints, a compressed schedule to get children into treatment as soon as possible and many safety programmatic needs, the Navos campus was successfully completed and now stands as a retreat and healing center for children throughout the greater Seattle area.
People’s Choice 2015 Winner: Weber Thompson
When it opens in 2016, this will be Seattle’s most desirable condominium in Seattle’s most desirable location. Designed to appeal to the stylish, upscale tastes of the high-end condominium market, the project is filled with quality details, mature materials and a bit of drama around each corner. Unexpectedly bold black and white photography by a local photographer is juxtaposed with marble floors in formal patterns, and pools of light spill from highly polished light fixtures that float overhead. ©Weber Thompson