Monthly Archives: October 2012

WAN Retail and Leisure Awards now open

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Megan

The WAN Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards recently opened to showcase the best interior designs in this field.

This year we are accepting entries across a wide range of categories including Restaurants and bars, Private Members’ Clubs, Retail and Outlet Centres and Arts and Leisure. One of our first entries came from Olson Kundig Architects for their redesign of the tasting room at the Georgetown Brewing Company in Seattle, USA.

The new tasting room and brewery for Georgetown Brewing Company uses hot-rolled steel, bold graphics, and oversized operable sliding doors to transform a nondescript warehouse into an iconic landmark in an industrial neighbourhood.

Two oversized steel doors positioned at the corner of the building slide open to reveal the front entrance. The doors not only complement the building’s industrial character but they function as a large billboard to passerby. Inside the tasting room, the original steel and concrete ceiling was uncovered and left exposed.

Customers can view the action of the brewery through a glass wall. Architects worked with local fabricators to design the bartop/counter with wood salvaged from the old Rainer Brewery, and steel logos and graphics on the outside of the building. Retail sales at the brewery have jumped 30% after the renovation.

This year the Retail and Leisure Awards will be judged by an exciting panel of young designers and industry experts including Fiona Livingstone, Co-founder of Studiofibre; Christopher Jenner, Interior Designer; Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator Milligan Retail, London and Stephen Jones, Regional Managing Principal, Woods Bagot, Asia.

As with all our awards we are offering a special discounted rate for early bird entries. Save money and enter before the 15 November 2012 for 15% off the full price.

We are very excited about the Retail and Leisure Awards and look forward to receiving lots of interesting, innovative and intriguing projects from around the world. We will be publishing all entries on our website and a good selection in our newsletter and on the blog so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

For more information just click here!

Workspace Interiors Awards projects now in

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Megan

With the closing of our annual WAN Workspace Interiors Award project entries from around the world have been submitted in hope of winning this prestigious accolade.

Interesting categories within the workspace award have emerged with entries for educational hubs and community workspaces coming in from Hawkins Brown for the Coventry Student Hub, and from Karim Rashid for the Queen’s University Human Media Lab in Kingston, Canada.

Project designs for corporate workspaces have also proved a popular category and we have received a high calibre of entries. Gensler submitted their Facebook campus in Menlo Park, USA which represents a fundamental shift in how we will approach work in the 21st century. The design team understood that Facebook is more than a technology company: it is a creative company, where the spirit of making things permeates the culture. Instead of corporate colours and official logos, the campus was designed for its inhabitants to take ownership over their space through artwork, installations, and the ability to simply reconfigure their space. Employees are encouraged to add their own personality to their space and are helped along by a dynamic artist-in-residency program where emerging artists are brought in to create featured works that add dynamism to the workplace.

Facebook, Menlo Park, USA

An open environment while balancing small-group collaboration and intense focus was the goal and the team delivered a new space type that will allow for unprecedented team-focused collaboration within and between engineering groups. Individuals have the time and space to imagine, muse, write, reflect, create, and just be alone with their thoughts. They also have easy access to their teams to meet, critique, refine, brainstorm, iterate, and develop.

To check out the full list of projects just visit our website. We will shortly be announcing our long-list with a special edition of INSIDE, our e-newsletter, which will be packed full of the latest news and editorial features on interior architects and designers working in the workspace interiors field.

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