ARIDO Awards 2011

ARIDO Awards 2011


Award-winning Projects

Project of the Year
Printemps Haussmann
Interior Designer : George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg
Design Firm : Yabu Pushelberg
The international flare of this unconventional retail landmark in Paris, France, unites the elegant sophistication of Parisian traditions, with a modern and energetic high-end shopping experience. The design team pushed the boundaries on the notion of what a department store should be. Fine finishes in each of Printemps' unique and identifiable rooms, with walls made of metal frames for transparency, are carefully crafted to evoke a residential ambiance, much like the spaces of a large mansion. The impressive volume of the atrium creates an opening that visually connects all three floors from the core of the building. The addition of an open and semi-transparent promenade space entices shoppers. Meticulously chosen carpets, printed wallpaper, and fun and quirky fixtures further add to the residential feel.
Awards of Excellence
Heenan Blaikie LLP
Interior Designer : Heidi Painchaud and Guy Painchaud
Design Firm : B+H Architects
A fresh and modern approach combined with sophisticated, traditional materials is reflective of the unique qualities that have vaulted Heenan Blaikie to the top of the legal world. The client's new, 24,412 sq.ft firm located in Calgary, Alberta, reflects both its long-established position and reputation as an innovative and forward thinking law firm. The reception area opens to a row of glass panels that pivot, dissecting the space into a series of multi-purpose configurations to transform the firm's principal common area from a boardroom into a lecture hall, a reception venue, or into sections for individual study or small gatherings. Heenan Blaikie's balance of tradition and experience is perfectly captured in the area's glass partitions, which feature a digital array of monochrome legal volumes pictured with a photograph by one of the firm's partners.
Corus Quay
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
Design Team : Caroline Robbie - Vera Gisarov - Julie Mroczkowski - Jennifer Heimpel - Young-Kun Yoon
Located at Toronto's east waterfront, Corus Entertainment's 500,000 sq. ft. media headquarters re-imagines the workplace. Driven by innovation, creativity, and collaboration, the interiors reinforce the Corus brand with features like a playful adult-sized slide in the sun-filed atrium. The client's objective was to amalgamate more than 70 brands, 11 facilities, 1,100 employees, three television studios, and three radio stations into this singular cutting-edge facility. Gone are the days of the typical black box broadcast studio. Corus' diverse portfolio of color, lighting, flexible furnishings, graphics and views to the exterior revolutionize industry standards and catapult the brand light years ahead.
CES Blackberry Booth
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Diego Burdi - Jeremy Mendonca
With the official launch of their newest device at a Las Vegas Electronics trade show, Blackberry required a booth design that would not only provide a launching platform for their product, but one that would make a strong brand statement and stand out amongst the competition. The 6,500 sq. ft. exhibit space was compartmentalized into distinct product galleries, a presentation stage, demo zones, and meeting rooms, inspired by the blackberry data flow. The results are large-scale curvaceous forms that promote a sense of discovery and draw passers-by into the space. The exterior stretched fabric skin of three pods housing meeting rooms become over-sized brand canvasses. Strategically placed halos illuminate product offerings from within the display niches, enticing visitors; visible even when the booth is full.
Exhibit Residences Presentation Lounge
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Diego Burdi - Merrill Fung - Jeremy Mendonca
Distinguished by a timeless sense of style and elegance, the Exhibit residences' presentation lounge captures the sophisticated sensibility of the building's architecture, set amongst one of Toronto's most prestigious shopping districts. Upon entry, visitors are greeted with a white corian-topped cantilevered desk, drawing guests through to the core of the space, where an architectural model of the development takes center stage. Subtle tone-on-tone gray-blues, smoke, taupe and charcoal define the space's handsome authority. Open sight-lines sweep guests through to the kitchen, bath and living room vignettes at the rear of the presentation lounge.
Thompson Residences Sales Center
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Designed to appeal to the urban sophisticate, the concept behind the Thompson Residences Sales Center explores a unique aesthetic language, challenging the traditional look and feel of a condo sales center. Carefully considered details maximize impact and fully communicate the branded lifestyle within this 3,200 sq. ft. space, housed in an unconventional temporary tent. The sleek, reflective black façade, smoked lavender circular glass entry, muted custom furnishings and suspended wire art installations help curate the experience, invoking a hotel lobby feel. The true measure of the project's success was in the sales: more than 50 per cent sold out post-launch.
Ontario SPCA - Facility + Branding
Interior Designer : Joanna Lucente - M. Sue Bennett
Design Firm : Bennett Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Joanna Lucente - M. Sue Bennett - Jennifer Torok
What was once a sad and desolate space for the adoption of animals is made into a wonderfully heartening and joyful experience with the playful and family-friendly atmosphere of the newly revamped, OSPCA pet adoption facility in Newmarket, Ontario. Following a devastating viral outbreak in 2010, the new 7,000 square-foot interior specifically addressed the health and safety of the animals and humans who occupy it. Perimeter rooms showcase the animals and enhanced ceiling-hung signage delineates spaces and encourages interaction with potential adoptées. Branding and graphics highlight the OSPCA's pet matching program, Meet your Match, adding a sense of whimsy.
Aria Ristorante
Interior Designer : Urszula Tokarska
Design Firm : Stephen R. Pile Architect Inc.
The restaurant's name, Aria, coupled with the client's passion for Italian food and contemporary design, served as the inspiration to create this 3,500 sq. ft. artistic experience for patrons. Aria, meaning air in Italian but also associated with opera, embodies the space through its lightness at lunch and dramatic stage for dining at night. Soaring, 30 ft. ceilings showcase the artist commissioned artwork that floats throughout the space as modern interpretations of grand opera chandeliers. A floor to ceiling wine cellar shows off the extensive collection. Attention to detail, play of light on hand-blown glasses, simple, purposeful lines, and fabric textures encourage touching, dreaming and imagination, reflecting the essence and integrity of the food.
The Chairman's Suites
Interior Designer : Dan Menchions - Keith Rushbrook
Design Firm : II BY IV Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Dan Menchions - Keith Rushbrook - Paolo Ferrari
The dramatic transformation of eight private boxes into a members-only, upscale venue for entertaining and watching the game at the Air Canada Center, in Toronto, is reminiscent of an old world men's club. Custom cognac-colored leather and polished bronze chairs, walls clad with weaves of polished bronze rods, and rectangular chairman's booths with beveled glass and espresso leather lit by bronze fin light fixtures, are anchored by the dark herringbone hardwood that further enhance the exclusivity of the space. The main bar is a striking feature with reflective angled smoke-colored glass wall cladding.
James Cooper Mansion Circa 1882
Interior Designer : Margit Hefele - Marlene Makowka
Design Firm : Hefele Makowka Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Margit Hefele - Marlene Makowka - Grant Boccongelle - Jaime Pyle
Cherish the past, embrace the future, was the client's vision for the James Cooper Mansion. This 7,000 square-foot 19th century heritage house was re-purposed into a multi-functional amenity center for a new residential development. To facilitate excavation, the 800 tonne mansion was physically lifted and moved. Echoes of beautifully preserved historical integrity adorn the mansion. Custom wrought iron and glass screens inspired by period motifs, door hardware from another era, vintage sprinkler systems, restored chandeliers and sconces, and wood corbels and cornices return the home's Victorian splendor. Contemporary touches in new finishes and furnishings, create a comfortable openness tailored for modern, 21st century living.
Corus Quay - Boardrooms + Branding
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
Design Team : Caroline Robbie - Vera Gisarov - Julie Mroczkowski - Jennifer Heimpel - Young-Kun Yoon
A successful blend of function, branding, and visual stimulation achieved through bold custom graphic patterns and colorful pop-culture custom wallpaper showcase the Corus Entertainment brand injected throughout the 150 unique and diverse meeting rooms and spaces. The branded wrapped floor and ceiling meeting rooms and spaces immerse staff and visitors.
Awards of Merit
ARC Resources Limited
Interior Designer: Sharon Martens
Design Firm : Martens Group Licensed Interior Design Studio Ltd.
This 225,000 sq. ft. office environment in Calgary, Alberta, was designed as a tool to attract and retain the best talent in the industry. The interiors complement the client's philosophy of a work-life balance by incorporating a fitness facility, two cafés and a living room lounge on each of the nine floors. At the core of the building is a glazed transparent and open tread staircase that connects these hubs of activity, visible from the elevator lobby on all floors. The design supports the work styles of all generations with strategically configured interactive and private spaces. In addition to winning an Award of Merit in the Workplaces category, this project received an Award of Merit : Sustainable Design for its eco-friendly design (LEED-CI Silver certification awarded).
TD Financing Services (TDFS)
Interior Designer : Sarah Faith Clark and M. Sue Bennett
Design Firm : Bennett Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Sarah Faith Clark - M. Sue Bennett - Joanna Lucente - Cynthia Soda-Vetere - Jennifer Torok - Andrea Doak - Melissa Nugent MacIntyre
This typical, 75,000 square-foot Toronto office tower was transformed to feel like an old brick and beam warehouse for a young, hip and progressive financing company. Texture and warmth added through the use of reclaimed brick and wood finishes captures the firm's youthful culture. The subtle use of gearwork graphics reminds each of the four generations of employees that they are an important piece of the firm's workings. The ambiance is clean, welcoming and very professional and creates an environment where employees feel encouraged to meet their future business goals. In addition to winning an Award of Merit in the Workplaces category, this project received an Award of Merit : Sustainable Design for its eco-friendly design (LEED Gold certification is pending).
Lake Champlain Residence
Interior Designer : Eric McClelland - Peter Lunney
Design Firm : Fleur-de-lis Interior Design
The inspiration for this 8,400 sq. ft. modernist bungalow overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in Vermont was to incorporate the views from all areas of the home. The floor to ceiling glass windows and the use of a walnut, striated limestone, leather and onyx palette creates a blur between the interior and exterior spaces. The result is an open concept modern home filled with one-of-a-kind artist commissioned elements and a variety of exotic finishes to give each space a warm and inviting backdrop to allow the eye to focus on the view.
Oakville Residence
Interior Designer : David Hooper
Design Firm : Powell & Bonnell
The renovation of this stately, 1855 Georgian historical home, built in Oakville, Ontario, 156 years-ago, has been turned into a home for a bustling young family. It is an excellent example of design that acknowledges the integrity of the home's past lives, while exuding a relaxed, modern atmosphere. Neutral color tones, the enhancement of existing architectural period details, and the utilization of the existing kitchen envelope maintains the home's historical significance. At the same time, the integration of a mudroom, creating a much needed secondary entrance and storage, brings spacious modernity to the home.
Rosedale Residence
Interior Designer : Fenwick Bonnell
Design Firm : Powell & Bonnell
The client's desire for a gracious and well proportioned home for living and entertaining transformed this 1980s poorly renovated north Toronto home back to its classic state, enhancing its functionality for the modern family that occupies it. Through a reconfiguration of existing rooms, increasing the home's square-footage, and reassigning rooms to take advantage of natural light, the designer created an open, well conceptualized space plan. The result added warmth and a contemporary flow, while returning the house to its true, original character.
Donato Salon + Spa
Interior Designer : Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook
Design Firm : II BY IV Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Dan Menchions - Keith Rushbrook - Emillie Jones - Kenneth Lam
The 5,400 square-foot flagship location for this full-service salon and spa delivers a luxurious VIP boutique experience that provides the salon's clients a sense of exclusivity. Each service is housed in a distinct area, with hints of each space peeking through the uninterrupted sight-lines of the grand corridors, emphasizing visibility and interaction between the staff and clients. Wood grained porcelain tiles laid in a herringbone pattern, distinctive Beauty Bars, and modern custom cabinetry styling stations add to the clean formality of the space.
Longo's Toronto
Interior Designer : Samuel Chan
Design Firm : Watt International Inc.
Design Team : Samuel Chan - Paulis Ciskevicius - Tim Klein - Sharon Eugene
The concept for this newly constructed, 48,000 sq. ft. retail space was to function as a Toronto landmark destination that would resonate with urban shoppers and condo dwellers. The carefully considered store plan and design incorporates the brand's own wine and beer lounge, an in-house smoked meats section, a chocolatier, living wall, and a dynamic light feature that highlights the fruits and vegetables in season. Spaces are clearly defined by columns wrapped in colorful graphics moving customers from one department to the next, achieving a unique and energetic shopping experience.
Air Canada Center - 400 Level Boardroom
Interior Designer : Karin Karak
Design Firm : Straticom Planning Associates Inc.
The interior designer was challenged with converting an abandoned, 575 square-foot mezzanine into a functional meeting space for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. The designer's unique vision floats a glass box that is seemingly suspended in space. Nature-inspired steel branches support the structure and grow from the concrete below to define the elegant glass geometry. The slick marble furniture, use of natural light, and calming fluidity further enhance the theme, creating a much sought after meeting environment.
BNN (Business News Network)
Interior Designer : Harpreet Singh and Rochelle Jones
Design Firm : Mayhew
Design Team : Harpreet Singh - Rochelle Jones - Steve Cascone - Meaghan Simpson
The client's move into a smaller, 11,000 sq. ft. space serves as command-central for Canada's only business and financial news network. The design called for new workstation solutions and a more efficient allocation of spaces. The BNN's new station is nearly half the size of their former location, yet houses 109 staff, seven editing bays, private offices, workstations, meeting rooms, green rooms, a make-up and hair room for on-air staff, and three studio spaces. The clever use of materials create visual separation while maintaining a flexible and open concept for connectivity and free-flow of information.
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance – Stratford Hospital Site
Interior Designer : Judy Newcombe
Design Firm : Newcombe Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Judy Newcombe - Carolyn Seagrave - Lisa Walkden
The antithesis of a sterile, white hospital, the design inspiration for this 78,000 sq. ft. redevelopment was based on creating an extension of the lush, rural southwestern Ontario landscape. Whimsical floor features of a meandering river with fish, draws patients and family members towards the aquarium and nursing station. Photos of the Hospital's history and of the surrounding landscape line the corridors and acknowledge the farming community the hospital serves. Warm, bright colors and floor patterns, act as visual cues to guide patients and staff.
Studio Sales Office & Model Suite
Interior Designer : Mike Niven
Design Firm : Mike Niven Interior Design Inc.
References of art and design are omnipresent in this full-scale model suite and presentation center for an urban condo development. Over-sized custom string-art walls, created by a former OCAD University student, showcases the work of current students. A white backdrop with shots of vibrant color and art lead guests into cocoon seating vignettes that open into one another. The great volume of space allows the ceiling and walls to melt away.
David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins
Interior Designer : Fang-Pin Lee
Design Firm : Reich + Petch Design International
Design Team : Fang-Pin Lee - Cathy Misiaszek - Bridget Brown
Archaeological, interactive and sensory experiences transport visitors of the Smithsonian through an emotive journey that artfully displays the scientific evidence of human evolution. Visitors encounter life-size sculptures of ancient ancestors, sweeping display walls, time travel portals, interactive media rooms, and fossils displayed among the rich colors and textured layers found at archaeological sites. The designers worked with museum staff and scientists to create a memorable gallery where science is balanced with story-telling and is adaptable to exhibit future scientific discoveries.
Tim Burton Exhibition
Interior Designer : Michel Arcand
Design Firm : IN8 Design
Design Team : Michel Arcand - Don Parker
The collaboration of this traveling exhibition, originally conceived by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, incorporated a collection of more than 700 unique pieces of ephemera, costumes, drawings, paintings, maquettes, and sculptures, for one of Toronto's newest galleries. The exhibit's chronological layout entices visitors to explore and take a discovery tour. Recessed and freestanding vitrines, television monitors, and graphics, funky floor vinyl, didactics, and wall murals, integrated throughout tell the story of Tim Burton.
Autostrada
Interior Designer : Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook
Design Firm : II BY IV Design Associates Inc.
Design Team : Dan Menchions - Keith Rushbrook - Paolo Ferrari
The client's Italian roots were inspiration for the interior of this 6,300 sq. ft. multi-level restaurant. Drawing on elements of an Italian highway, Autostrada, the restaurant evokes a sense of nostalgia. A leather-finished marble host desk and three-dimensional lacquered wall installation of a Pirelli tire tread are significant branding elements. The sunken dining area is encircled by a laser-cut custom screen of inverted trapezoids, the symbol for highway on Italian road signs. The Pizza Bar includes market-style charcuterie, where finely cured deli meats hang on full display next to a ceiling- height woodpile that fuels the pizza oven.
CENTRO
Interior Designer : Joe Cho
Design Firm : J.CHO Design
Design Team : Joe Cho - Sam Li - Joanne Wong
CENTRO serves as a social and dining hub for students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The 13,000 sq. ft. cafeteria space has newly harmonized food stations and maximized seating areas. A media tower was integrated in the space to engage the student community. CENTRO elevates the university dining experience. The use of a variety of lighting techniques and a neutral color palette with mahogany accents provides a modern polished atmosphere.
Enoteca Motorino
Interior Designer : Renato Iamonaco
Design Firm : Sector Designs
This project highlights mid-century and contemporary references of Italian culture : the love of good food and wine, La Dolce Vita, and the excitement and speed of the iconic scooter, or Motorino. The 3,700 sq. ft. space is energetic and lively, where guests can connect to Italian traditions and watch the action-packed preparation of their pizza. The showpiece oven is the driving force of the restaurant—on the main axis and flanked by two slightly raised seating areas. Black and white stills from Italian film convey the fun and glamor of the Motorino; a current model greets patrons at the host station. Rustic, refined millwork emphasizes Italian wines and chairs reflect scooter colors. Logo and bar codes on tabletops reference scooter packing crates.

Judges 2011
Ralph Giannone, OAAGiannone Petricone Associates
Carolyn IrelandThe Globe & Mail
Sandra Lester, ARIDOAffecting Change Inc.
Stella McTernan, ARIDOKelly McTernan Lavoie
Monika Sarkisian, ARIDOSmith Grimley Harris Design Partners Inc.