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Interiors Awards 2015: Student

With an objective to promote a healthier lifestyle and help Los Angeles residents appreciate the simpler things in life, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) interior design graduate Thaddeus Lee created a communal housing design for his senior thesis. 

Interiors Awards 2014: Student

Invisible Infrastructure by Annie Masincupp

Interiors Awards 2014: Sustainable

Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects

Interiors Awards 2013: Adaptive Reuse

Confidential Multimedia Entertainment Company in New York by FXFOWLE

Interiors Awards 2013: Sustainable

22squared in Atlanta by Gensler

What Is Next for Sustainable Design?

In addition to engaging traditional  measures such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and use of healthy materials, sustainability will include a holistic and experientially based design approach

25hours Hotel

A Hamburg hotel 
evokes the city’s rich maritime culture 
with eccentric touches

DPR Construction

SmithGroupJJR helps 
a construction company achieve net zero despite the Arizona heat

Perkins+Will Atlanta

Perkins+Will trades in its labyrinthine Atlanta office for a light, lofty, and green one

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

SCDA Architects creates a luxury resort 
that respects the fragile ecology 
of the Maldives

Eneco Headquarters

Cohesive design details accentuate 
the Dutch energy provider’s office

Designing for Health: Healing the Hospital

A state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital in Boston alters the role of healthcare within civic architecture

Global Media Company

Perkins+Will designs a culturally relevant communications workspace in Mumbai, India

HOK’s Salvador Dalí Museum

Architecture pays homage to Surrealist art with a new museum in Florida

First Net Zero Public School Opens in Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving produces and supports its energy on-site

Designer Perspectives: Johnson Chou, Johnson Chou, Inc.

Johnson Chou, founder of Johnson Chou, Inc., in Toronto, Canada

Roth Sheppard Architects

Former use: mercantile warehouse

Sorg Architects

Former use: 1920s-era dance and music hall          

Gelfand Partners Architects

Former uses: public bath house, laundry, printer

Sauerbruch Hutton

Former use: Prussian military uniform factory

Reanimating a White Elephant: A'maree's by Paul Davis Architects

A southern California building takes on a new role

Ship Shape: Bota Bota spa on water by Sid Lee Architecture

Sid Lee Architecture transforms a 1950s-era ferry into a world-class spa in Montreal’s Old Port

All Aboard: Goods Shed North, Melbourne, by BVN Architecture

Creatively adapting and preserving an historic Melbourne train shed 
into contemporary open offices required BVN Architecture to rethink 
the entire structure

Cooking Light: The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence at Johnson & Wales University teaches groundbreaking cuisine in a daylight-filled, LEED® Gold–certified environment designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Desert Oasis: Frontier Project, Cucamonga, California, Designed by HMC Architects

A California water district educates the public on green living with a demonstration building

Mission Sustainable: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture designs a sustainable building for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas that is emblematic of its mission

Triple Threat: Corus Quay, Toronto, Designed by Quadrangle Architects Limited

A new broadcast media headquarters targets three LEED® Gold ratings on Toronto’s waterfront

Model Sustainability Enermodal Engineering, Kitchener, Ontario, Designed by Robertson Simmons Architects

Touted as the most energy efficient office building in Canada, Enermodal establishes a benchmark

Contract Digital Edition: Resilient and Sustainable Design

The September 2011 “Resilient Design” issue from Contract magazine is now available to view online

On the Green Scene

Contract keeps it green with a roundup of eco-friendly product introductions

Of Art and Sustainability: Ma•Velous, San Francisco, Designed by Adeeni Design Group

Sustainability goals inspire an elegant palette of coffee-colored hues for this chic coffee/wine bar

Repositioning the Nation’s Capital Through Sustainable Design

A current renovation by VOA Associates at one Washington, D.C.-based office building aims to preserve history while allowing for the evolution of design

RISE to the Top: CB Richard Ellis Office, Dallas, Designed by HKS, Inc.

HKS Commercial Interiors designs a winning prototype to integrate three existing, Dallas-based CB Richard Ellis offices into one

Designing for Health: Traditional Culture in a New World

An update on the largest hospital under construction in Colombia

Does It Cost More to Build Green?

It’s a simple question, but there isn’t a clear answer

Professionals and Clients Tire of ‘Greenwash’

ROI-related decision-making takes hold as consumers demand data-driven-results, not obtuse claims

Bringing 'Up' the House: House of Culture and Movement, Designed by MVRDV and ADEPT

The design for a new, multi-purpose building—housing health, leisure, culture and education facilities—will take center stage in the City of Frederiksberg, Denmark

Inspiring Design: 2011 Inspiration Awards Winners

Contract magazine's 2011 Inspiration Awards winners, announced at a gala ceremony at WGBH public broadcasting headquarters in Boston on April 6, set an example in socially responsible design

We A.R.E. the Champions: 2011 A.R.E. Design Awards Winners

The Association for Retail Environments (ARE) honored this year’s A.R.E. Design Awards winners at Globalshop 2011

An Overflowing Cup: Soweto Football Training Center by RUFproject

RUFproject, with Nike Global Football, brings Soweto, South Africa, a central hub for its professional football athletes

Community Asset: L.B. Landry High School by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

With a sleek, sustainable design by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, the newly constructed L.B. Landry High School sets the tone for a revitalized school system in New Orleans

Interiors Awards 2011: Environmental Winner

Lance Armstrong Foundation Livestrong Headquarters in East Austin, Texas, designed by The Bommarito Group

Net Zero: Two global design firms issue a call to action and lead by example

HOK’s Net Zero Co2urt may be the first-generation Prius of zero emissions office buildings

Splashy and Sustainable: Gehry Partners design a medical research facility in Las Vegas

Gehry Partners design a medical research facility linked to a dramatic events space that enlivens a barren site in Las Vegas

Young at Heart: NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, Mass. by Perkins Eastman

The 2010 Healthcare Environment Award, Long-Term Assisted Living winning project challenges conventional assumptions, showing you really can teach an old design convention new tricks.

Cooking Up Fresh Design: George Brown College Culinary School by Kearns Mancini Architects with Gow Hastings Architects

An appetizing renovation by Kearns Mancini Architects, with Gow Hastings Architects, presents the Toronto-based school with a solution to deliver enhanced culinary education to an increasing student population.

Interior Design Trends: Renew, Reinvent, Revitalize

There are a significant number of buildings in the repositioning market today, and an ever-increasing interest from developers to create highly marketable and financially viable building assets.

Renovate and Reuse: Higher Education’s New Mantra

Renovating existing buildings might just be the new “new” for colleges and universities.

On the Wild Side: Marine Mammal Center by Noll & Tam Architects

A pair of former Nike missile silos take center stage as home to the rescued residents at a 24-hour rescue and rehabilitation facility in Sausalito, Calif.

Looking Ahead at Adaptive Reuse: Designing for the Gain Factor

The future of our design disciplines and service philosophies should bring a demand for increased ingenuity in design, flexibility, durability, and longevity in our buildings.

The Golden Apple of Retail Design: Leeb Fruit Orchard by Architects Collective

The traditional market stand concept turns contemporary with a bit of design genius from Vienna-based Architects Collective.

Designers Rate: Green Products

Contract asks two designers to name and explain their preferred green products.

Characteristics of the Future Office

What office design characteristics are needed for today’s challenging corporate environment?

My Green Neighbor: GSA Regional Field Office

In a joint venture, Leo A. Daly/LAN and PageSutherlandPage have designed a new Houston office for the General Service Administration that combines sustainability and a welcoming community image.

Green: How to Get LEED Certified

A LEED expert offers a step by step guide for avoiding lost credits

There’s No Place like Home: Huntsman Architectural Group Adds Warmth to High-Security Dutch Consulate

Traces of California style and Dutch contemporary art do well to make employees forget that they work in a government office.

All About Ash: Trend Report from Milan 2010 Exhibition

Eco-friendly designs, bold colors, and metal and mesh were prominent at Milan 2010.

Design Q&A: How Will Green Jobs Save the A&D Industry?

Current AIA president George Miller shares his views on the Great Recession, the economic potential of green job creation, and how architects and firms can get involved.

East Meets West: SmithGroup-designed Babcock & Brown Integrates Ancient Art with Modernity

Innovative surfacing material applications and city views contrast against a collection of Japanese and Native American artifacts in this eco-friendly San Francisco office.

Design Perspectives: Brad Stewart

Hera Lighting exec sheds light on how LEDs can contribute to LEED certification.

Fabric of the Future: Innovative Design Materials to Come

These 11 new materials and technologies offer a glimpse into where innovation is taking us.

Rethinking Law Firms: Eversheds in London Achieves BREEAM Excellent Rating

Woods Bagot’s interiors for Eversheds mark a radical departure from typical law firm design, and elevate a BREEAM Very Good rating to a BREEAM Excellent rating in the process.

Post-Occupancy Green: Blending Sustainable Design and Operation

For more meaningful progress on green building, sustainable design and sustainable operation must become more intertwined

Above the Legal Limit: Butler Rogers Baskett Greens Manhattan Law Firm

The lofty green goals of law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are achieved in a sky-high, LEED Gold-certified Manhattan headquarters, designed by Butler Rogers Baskett

Michielli + Wyetzner Architects Designs Lean & Green

Michielli + Wyetzner Architects designs efficient, sustainable, and ultra-flexible New York offices for AECOM—in synch with its own work and work ethics  

Environmental Extraordinaire: Herman Miller LEED Showroom Raises the Bar

tvsdesign digs deep to deliver a stellar platform for environmental education and sustainable design at Herman Miller’s new LEED CI Platinum showroom—the first building of its kind in the City of Angles.

Legal Green: Navigating Sustainable Design Law

Sustainable building practices come with the related burden of myriad legal issues for architects, interior designers, and their clients to consider.

Hannaford Pilots Platinum LEED Supermarket

A LEED Platinum-certified supermarket debuts in Augusta, Maine.

Design Outlook: Expect Sustainable Growth in Green Interiors

As the economy recovers, the good news is that demand for sustainable design and products in the interiors markets will accelerate even more.

Future Design: Leading in the Global Market

After a devastating year of layoffs, furloughs, and closures, businesses are repositioning for the post-great recession economy. What will this new economic landscape look like?

Olympic Green: Mannington Takes the Gold in Sustainability

Mannington, 3M partnership recycles over 200,000 sq.-ft. of Olympic graphics materials into VCT product.

Green Scene: Sustainable Products

Sustainable design is stylishly easy with these recently released eco-friendly products.

Essay on the Future of Design: More Happiness, Less Stuff

More happiness, less stuff. It’s the conclusion I’ve been drawing lately on the speaking circuit, as I describe my reworking of a famous equation by Paul and Anne Ehrlich from their book The Population Bomb—the environmental impact equation.

Future Furniture Trends

Generational differences and sustainability play a major role today in workplace design.

Exclusive News: Mannington Ups with 3M Canada for Greener Olympic Games

The flooring manufacturer announced exclusively to Contract magazine that it has partnered with 3M Canada Company to reclaim and recycle all 3M-produced graphics used at this year’s Olympic games.

Green Design: Not Just for Specifiers

A manufacturing CEO gains insights by earning his LEED accreditation

Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.

Interiors Awards 2010: Environmental Winner

Sometimes the right building design can spur its occupants to a new, better way of working. That was Cannon Design's aim when it scouted out The Power House in St. Louis as its new, LEED Gold-certified office, seeking a more flexible, open, and sustainable way of working.

Convention Centers That Don't Make an Impact

Environmental stewardship is giving some convention centers a competitive advantage.

Exclusive Q&A: Leigh Stringer

Leigh Stringer, vice president at HOK, took a few minutes to meet with Contract magazine to discuss some of her expertise, as well as highlight some of the ideas proposed in her new book, The Green Workplace.

Transformative Design: The Means to Sustainability and Future Success

An excerpt from Chapter 9: Tranformative Design, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment, and the Bottom Line by Leigh Stringer, vice president, HOK, LEED.

The Green Acoustics Design Paradox

In the case of LEED for Schools (with LEED Healthcare on the horizon), there are no LEED credits for acoustics.

Healthcare Trends: Daylighting the Emergency Department

After decades of relegating staff and patients to the glare of artificial light, many hospitals now are aggressively pursuing daylighting strategies that have long been the accepted as the norm in Europe.

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