ARIDO Awards 2014

ARIDO Awards 2014


Award-winning Projects

Project of the Year
Gowlings LLP
Interior Designer : Sharon Martens
Design Firm : MartensGroup licensed interior design studio ltd.
The re-alignment of this established law firm onto four floors of an urban Calgary office tower conveys a progressive and professional attitude befitting of an international firm. The new plan consolidated all client meeting rooms into a single reception conference floor, with enough flexibility to support both business meeting requirements and evening hospitality with reconfigurable meeting tables, movable walls and sliding glass panels, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and lighting, in keeping with the firm’s image, a sense of quality was achieved without glitz or opulence. A palette of contrasting materials and a variety of textures, including white and black terrazzo flooring, wool carpet tile, and specially finished oak panels trimmed in brushed stainless steel, create a strong backdrop for the contemporary art collection. Three practice floors maintain a consistent footprint with well-located internal meeting spaces, shared tech centers, common file locations and a large café. The new timeless and elegant space is supportive of a contemporary workforce and attractive to new clientèle.
Awards of Excellence
Home Theatre
Interior Designer : Nadia Cannataro
Design Firm : large [medium] design office
This 2,300 square-foot dwelling for a young family of three was conceived to facilitate the interaction between home life and urban living. Situated on a corner lot, with three public faces, the house is a literal home theater with stage right, left, and center, similar to a stage configuration in theater production. Inside, ceilings and floors shift up and down in a carefully choreographed series of playful volumetric expressions. A compressed main entry opens to a higher kitchen and dining room. The floor then shifts down to a living area, which leads directly to an outdoor room. The different levels created an opportunity for tall floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light and create a strong relationship between indoor and outdoor living. The interior material palette is minimal: polished concrete floors cover the kitchen, basement and dining spaces, and oak engineered wood floors define the living space and bedrooms.
Cornell Community Center and Library
Interior Designer : Michelle M. Sta. Ana-Ascenzi
Design Firm : Perkins + Will
Design Team : Michelle M. Sta. Ana-Ascenzi - Joanne D'Silva - Elizabeth Livingston
The Cornell Community Center and Library in the City of Markham was envisioned as a hub to bring together community, health and wellness under one campus with the existing Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Through its relationship with the hospital, the Center has expanded its program scope to include a therapy tank, a rehearsal hall that doubles as a lecture theater, and a publicly accessible medical library within the main library. Innovative spaces and programs combine cultural, educational and therapeutic functions with more traditional recreation, leisure and library services. The library’s stimulating spaces, such as a large children’s information playground, creative media lab, teen area and intimate fireplace lounge, offer an engaging setting for the whole community. Porcelain tile floors, quartz counter-tops, and poured polyurethane floor are all materials carefully selected for their durability and ease of cleaning. A neutral backdrop sets the stage for colorful furniture and graphic pieces.
Awards of Merit
Thorncrest House
Interior Designer : Catherine Garrido
Design Firm : Altius Architecture Inc.
Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, Thorncrest House stands out as a contemporary gem. The house, which accommodates six people and their guests, was designed to be cohesive with nature, which is evident from every room. Space was optimized by arranging rooms on different levels, allowing for an open plan layout. An elevated catwalk surrounds the central double-height living room with ample windows to allow the adjacent vegetation to become part of the living quarters. Thorncrest House features a balanced palette of wood accents throughout that provide warmth and wellbeing. Timber covers the raised floors and wraps around ceilings and feature walls. A wood finish was also used on built-in and freestanding cabinetry, and contemporary bursts of color also appear throughout the home add a touch of personality.
142 Kenilworth
Interior Designer : Johnson Chou
Design Firm : Johnson Chou Inc.
Maintaining the integrity of this original 1930s, two-story home was a priority. The roof-line was preserved and the existing brick was repaired to ensure that the home would blend in with the nearly-identical neighboring houses in the Beach in Toronto’s east-end. The home’s ultra modern interiors juxtapose the old and the new. Initially, the home’s central stair, tiny bedrooms, and narrow width felt cramped and claustrophobic. By eliminating walls, repositioning the main stair, and adding a 250 square-foot double-height addition created visual access and increased function. Inspired by the work of Donald Judd, the staircase is made up of a series of steel plates welded into rectangular boxes that float up one side of the wall. Blurring the distinction between the interior and exterior, an over-sized pivoting glass door leads to a patio composed of reclaimed marble cladding from Toronto’s First Canadian Place.
House on Kings Cross
Interior Designer : Tania Bortolotto
Design Firm : Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.
Just north of Toronto, House on Kings Cross sits in an idyllic rural community with winding streets and architecturally distinct homes dating back to the 1960s. The home’s interiors speak a sculptural language, with dramatic swoops that parallel the rolling hills and spectacular ravine, visible from each light-filled room in the house. Split-levels naturally expand and contract to create movement and intimacy. The soaring ceilings of the great room gracefully sweep down to carve out the second floor, which houses the home’s four bedrooms. The gentle curve is continued on the floor as it spills into the kitchen. The materials were carefully selected for their natural properties and ability to reinforce the tranquil quality of the home. Marble, limestone, glass and solid wood finishes add warmth and provide a neutral backdrop to view changing seasonal colors.
Shimmering Heights
Interior Designer : David Hooper
Design Firm : Powell & Bonnell
With their family now grown, the clients were ready to relinquish their suburban home in favor of an urban-central lifestyle. A new luxury residential tower being erected in their neighborhood was the perfect solution to completely customize the 2,300 square-foot unit into a home suited to their changing needs. Walls of windows on the east, south and west sides of the suite offer expansive vistas of the cityscape and lake beyond. The design challenge was to balance opposing focal points: the stunning views outside, and the client’s growing art collection. A gallery was established in the entrance hall, showcasing a Jack Bush canvas. A gallery wall that lines the living and dining rooms conceals floor-to-ceiling storage. Entering the large living and dining spaces through deep-set archways, guests are treated to the spectacular reveal of the glittering city beyond. The Shimmering Heights residence seamlessly floats in the sky while skillfully highlighting the client’s cherished art collection.
The Galleria Luxury Hall West
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi and Tom Yip
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Diego Burdi - Tom Yip - Jeremy Mendonca
The Galleria Luxury Hall located in Seoul, South Korea, felt a diminishing sense of identity amongst the collective identities and third-party brands housed within its space. The shopper experience was becoming value-based and driven by price comparison and convenience between competitors. Recognizing an opportunity to bolster its position as a destination for luxury retail, a design vision was developed to meet evolving customer expectations. Four of the existing floors were redesigned as a unified Galleria environment. Inspired by a gallery space, the play of scale, sculptural profiles, subtle contrasts, and tailored details create a welcoming backdrop that anchors designer collections. Traditional hard boundaries outlining traffic patterns were removed as they encouraged shopping from the aisle. Now, flexibility in product placement encourages shoppers to meander effortlessly throughout the space. The ability to adapt tenant spaces removes previous limitations of permanence, allowing the retailer to respond quickly to changing consumer demands. The Galleria has since reported an overall sales increase of 33 percent in the first month of operation.
Squint Eyewear
Interior Designer : Andrew Gallici and Bradley Marks
Design Firm : designstead
Located on a busy stretch of Yonge Street in North Toronto, Squint Eyewear is a store filled with old-world charm atypical of the neighborhood. The focus was to create a retail boutique that feels as though it was transported from New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Six displays featuring metal wall shelves that are visually anchored by custom credenzas exist side-by-side with an eclectic collection of found pieces of furniture, like a mid-century lounge chair, café tables and laboratory cases. Displays are tactile and approachable and encourage browsing. Merchandising balances the clean and architectural alignment of eyeglasses on shelves with the more artisanal curio cases, glass bell jars and articulating wooden hands. The storefront window, with a custom-designed monocle display curtain, entices shoppers into the store. The balance of old and new lends to a curiosity shop vibe that is both welcoming and charming.
Mark Lash Flagship
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Diego Burdi - Jeremy Mendonca
Mark Lash, a Canadian designer of fine jewelry, launched his namesake brand more than two decades ago and has since grown to become one of North America’s most coveted jewelry brands. Inspired by the beauty and timelessness of his trademark designs, the new flagship store in Toronto encapsulates the Mark Lash creative ethos in a luxurious new identity. Finishes of honed marble, matte lacquered panels, and custom paneled walls envelope the space while lighting, emanating primarily from the vitrines, shines on the product and floods the space with a warm glow. Capitalizing on jewellery’s strong connection to fashion, sliding floor-to-ceiling mirrors glide across the full length of the room, allowing clients to try on and admire the pieces. The design takes note from the beauty and simplicity of a pavée stone setting, where perfecting the intricacies hidden below the surface creates a flawless appearance that accentuates the brilliance of the gems above.
Hudson's Bay Queen Street Footwear
Interior Designer : Ted Wilson
Design Firm : HBC Store Planning
Hudson's Bay on Queen Street was looking to evolve its footwear offerings to become the largest footwear department in Canada. By relocating The Room footwear to the Bay Street shop front, customers are led through a unique shopping experience that flows seamlessly through three distinct shoe areas. Contemporary white-wash wood perimeters, stone and gray-wash wood floors, metal cage frames and incandescent lighting compliment the newly expanded brands. Canadiana timber walls line the contemporary shoe collections, glass and metal is used for lux designer brands, and metal cages for more casual lines. With no branded shops, generic fixtures float throughout allowing for ease of merchandising. Challenged by space, the design team elected to build stock in the basement level with an automated conveyor system that feeds boxes to the sales floor. The space includes a variety of custom furniture pieces that respond to a need for more seating and to promote a more residential feel.
Simons Anjou
Interior Designer : Christopher Wright
Design Firm : figure3
Design Team : Christopher Wright - Andrew Gallici - Jessica Swift - Alicia Resendes
La Maison Simons is a retailer on the move. Pursuing an aggressive cross-Canada expansion, the 170-year-old Quebec-based department store is raising the bar in the Canadian marketplace with inventive retail environments to house their private label fashions and global brands. Simons stores are seductive and original; every store is treated as a flagship. The fitting rooms are experiential: from the serpentine wood screened areas with pops of kelly green in the women’s department, to pod-like fitting rooms in peppy brights in the young women’s department, to the tongue-in-cheek men’s club complete with deer head trophies, each experience makes the try-on process fun and interactive. From browsing to buying, usability and functionality are built into the design. Cash desks and lounge areas are outfitted with digital tablets that connect shoppers to the Simons online catalogue. Simons Anjou has surpassed all expectations – generating an online following, increased regional brand recognition, and reinforcing the critical role of bricks and mortar in driving sales channels.
Mendocino
Interior Designer : Nadia Cannataro
Design Firm : large [medium] design office
A mecca for style-conscious women in Toronto, Mendocino in Yorkdale Mall is the retail chain’s flagship location. The client was keen on creating an inviting and playful interior space that would showcase its fashion-forward pieces. The project takes cues from the tailoring techniques of folding, pleating, and layering. The long and narrow retail space is softened by a continuous ribbon of bulkhead around the perimeter. A dramatic ‘X’ shaped display platform at the store’s entrance engages and attracts mall patrons. Fitting rooms are divided into two zones with a more luxurious fitting room at the rear that is supplemented with a lounge-like waiting space. A series of layered panels subtly transitions through a gradient of white to charcoal gray, crafting an understated navigational tool to lead patrons around the entirety of the store.
HUSK
Interior Designer : Vera Gisarov and Caroline Robbie
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
This retailer established a new brand in the emerging luxury organic health and beauty markets. The 1,100 square-foot space, located in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood, underwent a complete retrofit, transforming a former row house into a concept store. The result is an interior environment that mirrors the care and detail involved in sourcing the diverse product offerings. The design strategy was guided by the organic and sustainable mandate of the products themselves. The retailer’s commitment to no hidden ingredients, proved critical to displaying information in a clear and communicative way, empowering customers. Products are displayed based on lifestyle, age, and experience rather than by brand. The size and scale of the space promotes browsing in a relaxed and personally curated manner. The store has a second floor that provides private space for personal consulting services.
The Advocates' Society
Interior Designer : Don Parker and Michel Arcand
Design Firm : IN8 Design Inc.
Design Team : Don Parker - Michel Arcand - Gillian Gregory
Entering its 51st year, this professional association’s relocation was an opportunity to establish a new image of contemporary relevance and to develop new revenue streams through space rentals. The design directive was to create an efficient office that would support the delivery of member services. It was essential that the space provide maximum flexibility for rentals, with a sophisticated, gallery-like ambiance to differentiate the rentals from the conventional meeting venues. In order to achieve the versatility required, a large, daylight-filled education center was designed to divide into six sound-proof and individually climate controlled spaces. All zones have adjustable lighting, extensive audio-visual systems, and ceiling-mounted projectors with video capture cameras for web-casting, archival recording and distance learning. Stacking chairs, flip-top tables, bench seating and a large wheeled island further enhance flexibility. The resulting 14,000 square-foot office is highly functional, colorful and contemporary to reflect the strong, forward-thinking organization.
Jackman Reinvention Inc. Headquarters
Interior Designer : Guy Painchaud and Anthony Orasi
Design Firm : B+H Architects
Jackman's business is retail re-invention. This management consultancy and brand activation firm develops strategies, identifies growth opportunities and connects products and services to customers. Having recently undergone a merger and outgrown its existing spaces, Jackman consolidated its operations onto two floors of an 18,000 square-foot, 20th century post-and-beam space in downtown Toronto. Given the change, the company saw an opportunity to reinvent their own image as ABC, Anything But Corporate. At Jackman, the staff works long hectic hours, so the client wanted an environment that would feel like home with ample pin-up and marker surfaces. The kitchen is a relaxed gathering place and social hub of informal and interactive productivity. Jackman’s signature color, reinvention red, saturates every surface in the main stair that connects the two floors. The colorful variety of projects being undertaken at any given moment constantly reshapes the environment. What was a meeting room today can easily be transformed into a project space tomorrow.
Autodesk
Interior Designer : Angela Hong Spinney
Design Firm : DIALOG
Design Team : Angela Hong Spinney - Anne McCance - Susan Mole - Marilyn White - Kathy Winfield
Autodesk, a world leader in research and software design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries, saw an opportunity in their upcoming renovation plan to make their workplace more engaging, interactive and collaborative for staff and visitors. The solution was a bold reception area and social hub that flows through to a rooftop patio. The use of bold colors and strong lines are contrasted against the warm wood loft interior. An open ceiling in the reception with a multifaceted architectural cloud anchors the waiting area and showcases the brand’s software roots. Media screens are used to draw attention to Autodesk's multitude of products and a self sign-in reception desk was created. The much-prized Oscar Academy Award statuette is highlighted in its own custom glass jewel box.
Bloor West Dental Group - Dr. Carolyn Poon Woo
Interior Designer : Stephanie Kamburis
Design Firm : Southside Design
For many years, Bloor West Dental Group was located on the south side of an urban Toronto streetscape. But when the building directly across the street went up for sale, the client seized the opportunity for the creation of a new, welcoming and technologically advanced dental facility to better serve the community. The space was completely renovated and transformed to house five operatories and six hygiene rooms. The reception is visually connected to the street through tall, clear tempered glass panels. The walnut desk is a curved sculptured piece which welcomes patients as they enter The seating area is bright and spacious, while the operatories are compact, ergonomically designed and efficient. Hidden from view are lead-lined walls to protect against x-ray transmission, nitrous oxide tanks, and multiple compressor units required to operate dental instruments. Walnut veneered woodwork, quartz counter-tops, Owen Sound limestone, and back-painted glass and acrylic panels in the ceiling over reception make up the finish palette.
The Roy
Interior Designer : Kelly Cray
Design Firm : UNION 31
Design Team : Kelly Cray - Andrea Pierre
Located in Halifax’s historical warehouse district, this presentation center is an expression of luxury lifestyle and, as per the client’s directive, an event space. The experience starts with a sense of anticipation in a double-height foyer, then moves through a narrow threshold of blackened wood paneling to reveal fresh sail white walls and white oak floors. Sculptural forms and polished urban finishes are juxtaposed against raw, textural elements to create a contemporary yet relaxed environment with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Halifax harbor. Over-sized harbor graphics become art installations, along with the sunken living room vignette and retail cases that tastefully display floor plans. A structural column discovered during demolition that could not be relocated was accentuated by adding a matching faux column on the opposite side of the room. Working with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the space prominently displays work by local artist, Graeme Patterson.
383 Sorauren
Interior Designer : Johnson Chou
Design Firm : Johnson Chou Inc.
The sales center for a 10-story condominium project located in the heart of Toronto’s Roncensvalles neighborhood was designed to evoke the community’s rich industrial roots and its emergence as an art and design district. When viewed from the street, two large, rectangular windows frame the two main sections of the sales center: the presentation space, containing the reception, offices, lounge and closing areas; and the model suite. Inside, a large glass partition acts as a dividing wall, yet allows views into either the model suite or presentation space. A carefully defined route leads from an anteroom that houses the material sample boards, to the model suite. At the center of the presentation space is a custom-designed hot-rolled steel closing table. The use of raw, unadorned materials, such as oil-finished wood, re-interpret the project's industrial past. A rotating apparatus housing the touchscreen monitors can be pivoted to face the closing tables or the street at night to engage passersby.
Yonge + Rich Presentation Center
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Diego Burdi - Jeremy Mendonca
Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, Yonge + Rich is envisioned to become a blue-green oasis amidst a sea of big-city concrete. Setting the tone for the 50-story tower, the presentation center targets a well-traveled, sophisticated clientèle. The 3,025 square-foot showroom was constructed on-site in an 18th century building. Evoking the sensibility of an art gallery rather than a traditional sales center, the space was thoughtfully curated with commissioned art pieces that grace the walls atop a neutral color scheme with shades of gray and muted colors. The layout of the showroom engages the client in a sensory discovery of three distinct zones. Upon arrival, a cantilevered table equipped with LED touch-screens and a scaled model condo introduces guests to the development. In the center, glass partitions define a lounge area and geometric, structured seating conveys the relaxed atmosphere. At the rear of the showroom, suite finishes are artfully displayed on tables for client viewing.
Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery - Ryerson University
Interior Designer : Valerie Gow
Design Firm : Gow Hastings Architects Inc.
Establishing a flexible space for exhibitions and events, the crisp, new, red and white Architecture Gallery at Ryerson University’s Architectural Sciences building revitalizes its Brutalist-era lobby with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. Occupying a space that was formerly a storage room, the gallery pushes its gleaming white palette into the heavy concrete and quarry tile lobby. Over-sized, glass pivot doors draw students and faculty through a deep, felt-wrapped threshold and into the gallery space. Inside the gallery, the back wall is faceted into flat sections to maximize the mountable display area. Strategically placed slot windows provide sneak peeks into the gallery from an array of prominent public spaces. An adjustable lighting and hanging system enables the space to be completely reinterpreted with each new show.
W Hotel Guangzhou - Guestrooms
Interior Designer : Polly Chan
Design Firm : Glyph Design Studio Inc.
W Guangzhou is situated in the city’s bustling Pearl River New Town District, a rapidly evolving center known for its fashion, entertainment, commerce and design. The hotel, complete with 317 guest rooms and suites, is the brand’s first location in mainland China. Two types of guest rooms with similar footprints were designed, each with distinctive characteristics. Guest room Fire delivers surprise. At the flick of a switch, a black glass panel transforms into a simulated LED fireplace and info panel. Another switch activates a vault of specialty refreshments that rise from a concealed hydraulic lift. Dark wood paneling and tailored upholstery panels infuse the room with richness and class. In the Jewel room, a palette in shades of gray and varying blues is shared with accenting glass and wood paneling. Light colored furniture sits atop plush wool carpet, reinforcing the theme of jewels housed in a velvet box.
Stratus Bar & Restaurant
Interior Designer : Guy Painchaud and Heidi Painchaud
Design Firm : B+H Architects
The Toronto Athletic Club occupies the top three floors in the Toronto-Dominion Center tower. Stratus, the club's bar and restaurant was in need of a renovation to create a space that was formal enough to be rented out for weddings, yet casual enough for members to feel comfortable dining there after a workout. The owner also wanted a space that could hold multiple events concurrently. The design team created a versatile sequence of varied yet aesthetically unified zones within the 2,700 square-foot space. From the elevator, a spectacular view to the exterior can be seen through the central bar area, while lattice-like bronze metal and mirror screens offer privacy over seating areas . A 90-degree turn leads into the dining area, which can be subdivided into two rooms or closed off from the bar by pivoting doors. A 10-seat private dining room that is partially enclosed by curving, bottle-lined glass screens adds to the range of spaces.
W Hotel Guangzhou - W Lounge
Interior Designer : Polly Chan
Design Firm : Glyph Design Studio Inc.
Inspired by a fictional magazine editor’s early 20th-century mansion, a fashionable old-world atmosphere permeates the W Lounge at W Hotel Guangzhou. Upon entry, the feeling is one of being invited to a private cocktail party in the editor’s salon. The space has a curated feel, designed to give the impression that each item was collected over time. From its furniture to materials and accessories, the lounge has a simple elegance that’s equal parts luxury and playfulness. W Lounge is divided into a series of rooms and open sightlines invite guests to venture from room to room. The muted decadence of the space is is emphasized by a palette of dark macassar ebony, vals quartzite, and cristallo classico marbles. Custom-patterned black, gold and clear mirrored surfaces provide a modern nod to traditional wood paneling.
LeGros & Motti
Interior Designer : Urszula Tokarska
Design Firm : SRP Architects
The harbor-side restaurant LeGros & Motti in St. John’s, Newfoundland embodies French-Italian food fusion. The environment, inspired by the client’s heritage and the city’s immigrant roots, blends a French bistro vibe with a traditional Italian trattoria for an upscale, casual restaurant that also serves as an entertainment venue. Drawing on inspiration from New York’s Meat Packing District and the active St. John’s harbor, LeGros & Motti brings together the edgy industrial feel of these two worlds. The space is a large warehouse constructed with industrial corten and black steel panels and exposed brick. Reclaimed wood floors contrast with the buttery leather booths. Large windows open onto the activities of the harbor on one side, and to the old city on the other. As you enter the bar, you’re greeted by the 40-foot-high wall of wine. Upstairs, there is another dining area and an industrial steel catwalk that runs along a wall of windows, both with views to the bar below.
Park Property Management Offices
Interior Designer : Dyonne Fashina and Caroline Robbie
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
Reclaiming a 2,000 square-foot penthouse that was once used for storage in a 1960s rental building, this regional property management office effectively turned a broom closet with fantastic panoramic city views into an inspiring mid-century modern workplace. Taking its stylistic cues from the Mad Men era, the office was turned into a timeless space with a residential feel. . A folded concrete roof structure, original terrazzo flooring, and existing sconce lighting fixtures were cleaned and repaired and incorporated into the design. The open-plan space accommodates a staff of 10 staff with two private offices, a meeting area, communal lunch lounge and spacious reception. The space is comfortable, welcoming, and in sync with the family-owned business’s core values of quality, craftsmanship and long-standing relationships. It proves that, even in real-estate starved cities like Toronto, space solutions are often right under one’s nose. Or in this case, up on the roof.
Reincarnated Residence Hardware
Interior Designer : Fenwick Bonnell
Design Firm : Powell & Bonnell
When the interior designers' long-time client became involved in a project to transform a 19th-century Romanesque-style church into private residences, the design team was tasked with designing his personal residence. Following a self-imposed eight-year exile in Paris, the client wished to create a home that emulated classic Parisian proportions and plans: a series of aligned rooms, all with 14-foot-high ceilings and separated by 12-foot-high pocket doors. It was imperative that the hardware for the pocket doors create a substantial statement to help complete the look. Functionally, the hardware had to tuck away when the doors were fully recessed into the wall. Understated, medallion-like hardware was custom-designed without the need for buttons, trip levers, or rockers to pull the door from the pocket recess. The oil-rub bronze finish matches the existing hardware throughout the house and plays on the blackened steel industrial theme. A star motif, a considered finishing detail, is created when the doors meet.
Cornell Community Center and Library - Shelving
Interior Designer : Michelle M. Sta. Ana-Ascenzi
Design Firm : Perkins + Will
Design Team : Michelle M. Sta. Ana-Ascenzi - Joanne D'Silva - Elizabeth Livingston
Conceived as part of a larger multi-use community recreation center and connected directly to the existing Markham-Stouffville Hospital, the Cornell Public Library is at the heart of the integrated healthcare campus - the first of its kind in Canada. Over the years, the function of the library has shifted from a quiet space for reading and research to a collaborative, social environment with access to media and technology. The library staff commissioned millwork to address these needs: double-sided book shelves, magazine holders and CD and DVD display units were built on casters for easy movement. Self-serve stations to either find references in print or to check out items were developed to reduce wait times. A large children’s discovery area provides ample opportunities for children to explore and learn with low computer stations for video games. Taking cues from popular book stores, narrow shelves at eye-level enable books to be displayed face-out for maximum visibility.
Lululemon Yorkdale
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie
Design Firm : Quadrangle Architects Limited
This award-winning retail space was created in collaboration with industrial designers, architects and owners. The store design responds to the client’s challenge to connect the community with local culture and indigenous building materials, while delivering an innovative and engaging space within a mall environment. The wood façade which was chosen for its warm and welcoming qualities, establishes a striking contrast to the stone and glass surroundings and is a literal interpretation of the client’s values of harmony and balance. Sourced from the collection of the industrial designer’s workshop, the façade is made up of scraps of wood from tanning barrels, discarded shipping pallets, submerged warf beams, and a mixture of off-cuts from countless furniture pieces. The façade incorporates over 35,000 wood blocks that form a 23-foot-high pixelated image of a fallen Canadian maple leaf. This bold entrance entices shoppers with its dynamism, originality, tactility, and even its scent. Inside, more wood elements echo the artistry found on the exterior.

Judges 2014
  • Annie Bergeron   BID, ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

    Design Director - Gensler Architecture/Design Inc.
    Annie Bergeron's work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. Recently joining Gensler as Design Director, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design caliber and create notable risk-taking solutions.

    Annie's awards include an Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, several ARIDO design awards for various advertising agencies, financial, insurance and high-tech companies, four furniture industry awards at NEOCON for product design work, and two VMSD awards for visual display and merchandising on retail work.

    Away from the job, she says "I have been a hard-core cycling commuter for 22 years - neither heat, rain, sleet nor snow keeps me off my bike. I also love to read French literature, but these days, you're more likely to see me out with my boys - my husband and two sons - at the hockey arena or dangling from monkey bars."

  • Angela Bourne   PhD., M.Sc., M.Ed, Educator ARIDO, IDC, ASID, IDEC, EDRA

    Educator - Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
    Dr. Angela Bourne is an Interior Design educator/Professor with over 25 years of teaching and design planning experience. She is also the President of Neuro-Environments, an interior/environmental design company that specializes in the design of built and natural spaces for individuals with neuro-diversities.

    Her research and teaching pedagogy reflects her conscientious approach to developing effective and socially sustainable environments. The pragmatic approach she uses to conduct research and create therapeutic spaces is supported by her diligent use of evidence based design. Throughout her life she has volunteered her time helping special needs populations of all ages. Her compassion for designing therapeutic living and learning environments stems from the lifelong support she provided to her brother with Down's syndrome and her involvement with his peer group. Recently she completed her PhD in Environmental Design with a research trajectory in Neuro-Architectural Design for vulnerable populations.

    Dr. Bourne's on-going contributions to the advancement of the profession of interior/environmental design exemplifies her commitment to designing spaces that enhance the quality of life of people in various cultures.

  • Bill Birdsell   B.E.S., B.Arch, OAA, MRAIC

    Principal - J. William Birdsell Architect
    Bill Birdsell was re-elected to office on January 23, 2014 as President of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). He is now serving his second term.

    Mr. Birdsell was appointed to OAA Council in 2009 and elected the following term. He served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer in 2011 and 2012, and served on the Human Resources and Governance Committees. In 2010 he was the Vice President, Practice and served on the Complaints Committee and the Experience Requirements Committee.

    Mr. Birdsell is the principal of J. William Birdsell Architect in Guelph, Ontario which is a full service architectural firm working with institutional and private clients on a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional; as well as adaptive re-use of many existing structures.

    After receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1982, he completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1984. In 1987 he joined the OAA and opened his own practice. Three years later he merged with William R. Jarrett to form Jarrett + Birdsell Architects Inc.

    Mr. Birdsell has been an active volunteer having served on numerous OAA Committees. He also served on the Board of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company and the OAAAS Board of Representatives. He is a member of City of Guelph, Committee of Adjustment. In addition to his speaking engagements he is a contributor to several publications.

  • Chen Cohen   ARIDO, IDC

    Interior Designer - Moriyama & Teshima Architects
    As the Director of Interior Design at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Cohen's background in both Interior Design and Architecture allows her to combine both disciplines in her holistic and detailed approach to every project.

    She has created interiors that span the design spectrum, from community facilities to residential towers; from academic buildings to corporate headquarters.

    Her National and international award-winning work is characterized by exceptional quality of light, careful material choices, innovative use of color and the selection of furnishings that work harmoniously to elevate the overall spatial experience of every building.

    Her recent interiors include the new corporate headquarters for Cannon Canada in Brampton, Ontario, the Qatar Faculty Club in Doha, Qatar, as well as a myriad of major athletic and community facilities such as the Regent Park Aquatic Center in Toronto and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Center in Edmonton, Alberta.

    She is the recipient of five ARIDO Awards and five Canadian Interior Awards for her refined design and delivery of clean, crisp and elegant contemporary interiors.

  • Anna Stranks   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

    Principal - Studio A Design Collaborative
    Anna Stranks is Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on Human Centered Design Solutions. Her portfolio of work includes design in national and international markets for corporate, large scale residential, Institutional, and healthcare sectors. In 1998 Anna received ARIDO’s Gold Award for Designer of the Year.

    Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design as well as universal design principals to interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED on behalf of the CAGBC and on Healthy Environments sponsored by Azure Magazine.

    In 2002, Anna was invited by the Merchandise Mart Properties to lead the design of the first GREENLife Exhibit at IIDEX NeoCon. Anna and her team’s efforts successfully helped influenced manufacturers to accelerate their initiatives towards sustainable design principles within their own practice standards and product lines.

    As a registered member of ARIDO and IDC, Anna has held a past role as President of the ARIDO GTA Chapter and has participated on ARIDO’s Continuing Education Committee as a course reviewer. In 2006, She represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a task force to help develop a Masters Program for Interior Designers across North America. Anna was a founding team member of ARTxDesigners Exhibition (AXD).

    After graduating from Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) and recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing, Anna has been a part-time instructor at RSID and is currently an adjunct professor at Humber College School of Applied Technology. She has participated on the RSID Advisory Council from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chair of Strategic Planning and currently participates on the Advisory Board at Humber College.


  • Anna Stranks   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

    Principal - Studio A Design Collaborative
    Anna Stranks is Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on Human Centered Design Solutions. Her portfolio of work includes design in national and international markets for corporate, large scale residential, Institutional, and healthcare sectors. In 1998 Anna received ARIDO’s Gold Award for Designer of the Year.

    Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design as well as universal design principals to interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED on behalf of the CAGBC and on Healthy Environments sponsored by Azure Magazine.

    In 2002, Anna was invited by the Merchandise Mart Properties to lead the design of the first GREENLife Exhibit at IIDEX NeoCon. Anna and her team’s efforts successfully helped influenced manufacturers to accelerate their initiatives towards sustainable design principles within their own practice standards and product lines.

    As a registered member of ARIDO and IDC, Anna has held a past role as President of the ARIDO GTA Chapter and has participated on ARIDO’s Continuing Education Committee as a course reviewer. In 2006, She represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a task force to help develop a Masters Program for Interior Designers across North America. Anna was a founding team member of ARTxDesigners Exhibition (AXD).

    After graduating from Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) and recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing, Anna has been a part-time instructor at RSID and is currently an adjunct professor at Humber College School of Applied Technology. She has participated on the RSID Advisory Council from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chair of Strategic Planning and currently participates on the Advisory Board at Humber College.