ARIDO Awards 2013

ARIDO Awards 2013


Award-winning Projects

Project of the Year
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, LLP
Interior Designer : Sharon Martens
Design Firm : MartensGroup licensed interior design studio ltd.
The client, a prestigious Calgary law firm, engaged the design team to develop its new offices on 5 ½ floors of a high-rise tower. The design objective was to create a suitable image for a successful law firm that would leave a lasting impression with their clients. The designer chose refined materials in a palette of contrasting black and white, such as white and charcoal lacquer trimmed in dark bronze, white Veneto marble and black basalt flooring. The outstanding feature of the space is a 100-foot millwork screen that angles across the floor plate. The intricate detailing on the screen contrasts against the simplicity of the marble floors and painted glass walls, and creates silhouettes as people walk by. By combining traditional and contemporary pieces, the lighting and furnishings create an impression of a collection carefully curated over time. The new aesthetic conveys a progressive, professional image befitting a successful law firm while avoiding the design clichés associated with their industry.
Awards of Excellence
Empty Nesters Condo Renovation
Interior Designer : Michel Arcand and Don Parker
Design Firm : IN8 Design Inc.
Sending their children to university prompted a sophisticated couple to renovate their seven-year-old, 1,600 square foot condo in downtown Toronto. Having settled for builder standard while raising their children, the couple now wanted the interiors to reflect their personal tastes and display their modern art collection. The designers used color blocking, precision-detailed millwork components and strategic lighting to achieve the bold aesthetic their clients desired. The excitement of the ultra-contemporary interior is balanced with stunning views from the floor to ceiling windows. The overall impact is daring, dramatic and fun, yet eminently livable.
ONE55 Cumberland
Interior Designer : Alex Chapman
Design Firm : UNION31
When the clients downsized from a large traditional house to a 4,600 square foot condo in Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood, they wanted a space that was conducive to entertaining, yet that still felt like a home. The designers gave the areas for entertaining, such as the entry hall and the formal dining room, a sense of drama with rich colors, mahogany panels and a stunning mid-century modern chandelier. The private areas are more intimate yet maintain a sense of continuity with the rest of the home. The couple’s new home is sophisticated and comfortable, and beautifully displays their extensive art collection.
Entro
Interior Designer : Michel Arcand and Don Parker
Design Firm : IN8 Design Inc.
For the gut and rebuild of Entro G+A’s new office, the designers didn’t let a tight budget and even tighter timeline restrain their creativity. Working closely with the client, a brand communications and graphics firm, they created an inspiring environment that reflects and enhances the firm’s personality and creativity. Neutral paint and concrete provides a backdrop to display the client’s graphic products. Access to daylight and views of the lake make the space bright, airy and welcoming.
Awards of Merit
La Maison Simons WEM
Interior Designer: Andrew Gallici and Christopher Wright
Design Firm : figure3
Design Team : Andrew Gallici - Christopher Wright - Jessica Swift
La Maison Simons has been an iconic Québec department store for over 170 years. When the company made plans to expand into other Canadian markets, it wanted to differentiate itself from local competitors and new U.S. retailers by creating a unique and memorable shopping experience. For this 100,000 square foot store in the West Edmonton Mall, the designers devised a shopping environment that allows for unique experiences appealing to six consumer typologies. The design concept focuses on touch points for consumer engagement, including an interactive Photostar booth, digital tablets that display the store catalogues and a video game wall.
WPP
Interior Designer : Deborah Sperry and Clarissa Lam
Design Firm : HOK
Design Team : Deborah Sperry - Clarissa Lam - Lindsey Wilson - Winnie Leung
For this client, a world leader in marketing communications that amalgamates four different operating companies, the design team created four offices in one building. The designers wanted to embrace the unique brand of each business while maintaining a consistent feel. To respond to rapid growth, the objective was to maximize the efficiency and flexibility of the office. Floor plans are similar in each office for easy way-finding, while a distinct look captures the persona of each brand. The result is a fresh, open office space that buzzes with creative energy.
De Lage Landen Financial Services Canada Inc.
Interior Designer : Erika J. McCarthy and Kathleen van Brussel
Design Firm : Comley van Brussel Design + Management
When the company moved from four separate suites into a new space in Oakville, they wanted an inspired, cohesive workplace that would increase productivity, streamline work-flow and unite their workforce. The open, light-filled space supported the client’s vision of a collaborative work environment where teams could communicate easily. At the center is an open lounge that breaks up the expanse of space and adds a focal point visible from most corners of the office. Oiled oak hardwood flooring material is featured throughout, adding warmth to contrast the crisp contemporary finishes.
Mediabrands
Interior Designer : Christopher Wright and Krista Aquilina
Design Firm : figure3
Design Team : Christopher Wright - Krista Aquilina - Erin Armstrong - Sabrina Ash
For the renovation of Mediabrands' office, the design team needed a design solution that would reflect the brand, showcase its corporate culture and attract a younger demographic of employees. It was important that the design elicit excitement from staff, given the change from 50 to 100 per cent open offices and a reduced footprint per employee. The design team used glass screens and pops of color to create a work environment that feels open, yet intimate. The result is a clean, crisp design that is modern without being trendy, and informal while still looking polished.
Tech Company
Interior Designer : Annie Bergeron
Design Firm : HOK
Design Team : Annie Bergeron - Lisa Fulford-Roy - Clarissa Lam
Based on the client's tag-line elegant garage, the design for the Toronto office of a multinational technology corporation delivered playfulness on a budget by using inexpensive materials in creative ways. Nods to the office’s Canadian location include log cabin booths in the servery, a divider made from hockey sticks and snowshoe graphics. The resulting space is an environment that sparks the imagination and secures the client’s position as a leading edge employer.
Hicks Morley
Interior Designer : Peter Heys
Design Firm : IBI Group
Design Team : Peter Heys - Melissa Beresford, - Alexandra Campbell - Jacki McKenzie
The client, a leading Canadian legal practice, wanted to update their offices to better reflect their position in the market as a first tier firm. The designers took inspiration from boutique hotels and hospitality environments to create a richly detailed, client-centered space. The glass partitions in the conference area play with the image of a jewel box that opens in stages. High contrasting elements of light/dark, transparent/opaque, glossy/matte contribute to the look of timeless luxury.
Quadrangle Architects' Studio
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie and Vera Gisarov
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
Design Team : Caroline Robbie - Vera Gisarov - Julie Mroczkowski - Dyonne Fashina - Amy Pothier - Charlene Genno
Increasing growth prompted the first move in 26 years for this architecture and design firm. The in-house designers were guided by Quadrangle’s new brand, Inspiration Realized. Continuous windows on the perimeter and a column-free floor plate allow access to light, and meeting rooms are glazed to enhance sweeping views while providing sound separation. Wide corridors, a fully accessible washroom and branded vision strips all demonstrate the firm’s belief that universal design can enhance design excellence. Quadrangle’s new home demonstrates the firm's commitment to sustainability and its expertise in universal design.
The Tridel Store
Interior Designer : Kelly Cray
Design Firm : UNION 31
Design Team : Kelly Cray - Margaret Stagg
The Tridel Store is a unique marketing environment for the developer to sell various projects on a one-off basis. The design objective was to create an upscale setting with a retail feel to support sales of the developer’s high-end residential units. The design team incorporated unique details, high-end finishes and European style furnishings. Custom millwork and lush fabrics add to the atmosphere of quiet luxury. The result is an intimate environment that encourages one-on-one dialogue between clients and staff.
101 Erskine
Interior Designer : Kelly Cray
Design Firm : UNION 31
Design Team : Kelly Cray - Andrea Pierre
At the heart of a midtown Toronto neighborhood, the presentation center for 101 Erskine appeals to young professionals and move-up purchasers looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Confronted with a long, narrow space, the design team transformed it into an open and airy marketing center that successfully communicates the brand. The strong architectural lines of the final building are repeated throughout the space, such as the copper fins that form a canopy over the second floor closing office. Primarily finished in contrasting black and white, copper accents soften the drama and add a modernist sensibility.
Esker Foundation
Interior Designer : Lois Wellwood
Design Firm : Kasian Architecture
For the home of Calgary's largest privately funded, non-commercial gallery, the designer was challenged to create a space that referenced the foundation's name, esker, meaning a winding ridge of gravel formed by a glacier. The facility also needed to accommodate the gallery’s mandate to deliver innovative art exhibitions and educational events. A custom fiberglass portal reminiscent of a glacier provides a dramatic entrance into the space, and undulating ceilings reinforce the esker theme. A hovering nest is visible from the street below, inviting visitors into the gallery.
Commonwealth Community Recreation Center
Interior Designer : Chen Cohen
Design Firm : MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in joint venture with HIP Architects
This facility, a joint-use partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, is a unique combination of professional football club, event space and community center. The recreation center features an open central lobby space that connects to the field house, pool area and gymnasium. The use of transparent materials allows views into the activity areas, creating a dynamic, energetic public space. The LEED-silver development has revitalized a vacant stadium ground into a 24/7 urban park and community destination.
Shangri-La
Interior Designer : Heidi Painchaud and Guy Painchaud
Design Firm : B+H CHIL Design
For the spa, meeting rooms and guestrooms of the Toronto outpost of this Hong Kong-based brand, the design team balanced traditional Asian elements with modern detailing. Refined wood and stone slabs form a clean, contemporary backdrop for modern and Chinese-styled furniture. A rich colour palette of gold, plum and ruby feels lush and inviting. A water motif makes the spa feel serene, while decorative screens and drapery heighten the sense of indulgence. In the guestrooms, technology such as lighting and drapery control systems is seamlessly integrated into the design, allowing guests the utmost comfort and flexibility. The Shangri-La's luxurious guestrooms and spa offer a sanctuary for the most discerning hotel guests.
Mill Street Beerhall
Interior Designer : Ronald Wong
Design Firm : Mackay Wong Strategic Design
The interior designers were challenged to create an elevated spin on the traditional beer hall that would celebrate beer and the craft of beer making. Copper draught pipes add sparkle to the simple palette of wood floors and ceilings, concrete walls and black metal. Large wooden tables nod to the traditional beer hall, and abstract images of Mill Street products commissioned from local artists reinforces the theme. A long bar and open kitchen signal to customers that the brand takes both its beer and its food seriously.
Graduate Student Association (GSA) – Phoenix Restaurant/Pub at McMaster
Interior Designer : Dora Lomax
Design Firm : MSI, a division of McCallum Sather Architects Inc.
Design Team : Dora Lomax - Karin Vandenberg - Pete VandenArend
When the Phoenix Restaurant and the Graduate Student Association offices were set to be relocated to the Refectory Building on the McMaster campus, the design team had the unique challenge of working in a building that was protected as a site of cultural heritage value. The designers sought to emphasize the heritage architecture without sacrificing any modern conveniences. Working around the protected features, such as the slate roof and vaulted ceiling, meant coming up with creative solutions for necessary items such as the kitchen exhaust and the plumbing overhaul. The result is a thoughtfully restored space where students and faculty can meet, study and dine.
Quadrangle Architects' Studio - Specialty Elements
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie and Vera Gisarov
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects
Design Team : Caroline Robbie - Vera Gisarov - Julie Mroczkowski - Dyonne Fashina - Amy Pothier - Charlene Genno
Outside of major space planning, Quadrangle Architects' studio presented opportunities to reinforce the firm's design character using specialized elements. The team created millwork, graphics and lighting elements that support the firm’s design process and inspire the staff. The specialized millwork demonstrates the firm’s commitment to sustainable design by re-purposing items from the office’s former location. For the lighting, the team collaborated with industrial designers to create design features from paper, metal and fabric. The graphics communicate the brand’s focus on universal design by turning safety objects, such as a vision strip on a glazed wall, into design objects.

Judges 2013
Sheri-Lynn Crawford, ARIDOslc designs ltd.
Heather Dubbeldam, OAADubbeldam Architecture + Design
Valerie Gow, ARIDOGow Hastings Architects
Michael Niven, ARIDOMike Niven Interior Design Inc.
Matthew SearleIIDEX Canada