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2011 IIDA NC Honor Awards

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The International Interior Design Association Northern California Chapter threw their party of the year on March 2 to toast the 2011 IIDA NC Honor Award winners. At the historic Fox Theater in Oakland, California, hosts Charles Uehrke and Nancy Graham played up a packed house of designers representing the chapter's regions, which include San Francisco/East Bay/North Bay, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Fresno, and Honolulu. The jury reviewed projects in six categories represented in the past (Live: Anyplace one can call home, Work Big: Office spaces over 20,000 useable square feet, Work Small: Office spaces under 20,000 useable square feet, Play: Where we entertain ourselves, Shop: Where we sell goods, Serve: Where we meet, WOW: Best of show) plus one new category, Heal: Spaces that nurture our bodies and well-being. Here we feature the honor, merit, and notable winners of each category (noting that not all levels are awarded in each category and multiple winners can be announced for each category).

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  SPACEFLAVOR was named the Honor Award winner for the Live category for The Cube, a live-work space within the apartment of Buddhist practitioner Liu Ming.
    SPACEFLAVOR was named the Honor Award winner for the Live category for The Cube, a live-work space within the apartment of Buddhist practitioner Liu Ming.
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  The Cube's designed was based on the mix of ideas of Yin (private, dark, and closed) and Yang (Yang (public, light, and open).
    The Cube's designed was based on the mix of ideas of Yin (private, dark, and closed) and Yang (Yang (public, light, and open).
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  Winning a Live Merit Award was Cary Bernstein Architect for the Potrero House.
    Winning a Live Merit Award was Cary Bernstein Architect for the Potrero House.
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  The 100-year-old Potrero House was renovated in phases for a resident who started the project as a bachelor and now is the father of three children.
    The 100-year-old Potrero House was renovated in phases for a resident who started the project as a bachelor and now is the father of three children.
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  The Honor Award for Work Big was given to Gensler for a LEED Gold project designed with a central staircase meant to decrease elevator use and increase chance interactions between departments.
    The Honor Award for Work Big was given to Gensler for a LEED Gold project designed with a central staircase meant to decrease elevator use and increase chance interactions between departments.
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  The natural materials used throughout the building, seen here in the cafeteria, are meant to reflect nearby Mt. Diablo.
    The natural materials used throughout the building, seen here in the cafeteria, are meant to reflect nearby Mt. Diablo.
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  Winning the Merit Award for Work Big was HOK and its law offices for Gunderson Dettmer.
    Winning the Merit Award for Work Big was HOK and its law offices for Gunderson Dettmer.
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  The new space features offices surrounded by 15 "living rooms" designed to promote collaboration and interaction among employees. Shown here is the cafeteria.
    The new space features offices surrounded by 15 "living rooms" designed to promote collaboration and interaction among employees. Shown here is the cafeteria.
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  STUDIOS Architecture was awarded a Notable Work Big Award for its Capitals Programs & Facilities Management center at the University of California, San Francisco.
    STUDIOS Architecture was awarded a Notable Work Big Award for its Capitals Programs & Facilities Management center at the University of California, San Francisco.
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  The LEED-certified space features timber-based palette with hits of orange, green, and blue.
    The LEED-certified space features timber-based palette with hits of orange, green, and blue.
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  A second Notable Work Big Award was awarded to RMW architecture & interiors for their Brocade Communications Campus, which a juror noted is "not the predictable corporate office."
    A second Notable Work Big Award was awarded to RMW architecture & interiors for their Brocade Communications Campus, which a juror noted is "not the predictable corporate office."
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  The LEED Gold project features "teaming areas" (shown here) for group collaboration.
    The LEED Gold project features "teaming areas" (shown here) for group collaboration.
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  Gensler was also awarded a Merit Award for Work Small for its McCann Worldgroup office space.
    Gensler was also awarded a Merit Award for Work Small for its McCann Worldgroup office space.
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  The "wavelike" structure that floats over the conference room, says the design team, "symbolizes creative brainwaves washing up to shore."
    The "wavelike" structure that floats over the conference room, says the design team, "symbolizes creative brainwaves washing up to shore."
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  A second Merit Award for Work Small was presented to Mark Cavagnero Associates for the University of California, Berkeley Durant Hall.
    A second Merit Award for Work Small was presented to Mark Cavagnero Associates for the University of California, Berkeley Durant Hall.
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  The hall is a mix of old and new. The original building was created in 1911 and the renovations are expected to bring it up to LEED Silver certification.
    The hall is a mix of old and new. The original building was created in 1911 and the renovations are expected to bring it up to LEED Silver certification.
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  Also for Gensler was a Notable Award in Work Small, this time for a private client in Hong Kong.
    Also for Gensler was a Notable Award in Work Small, this time for a private client in Hong Kong.
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  Elements like this breakout room create a "balanced and peaceful space," a juror said.
    Elements like this breakout room create a "balanced and peaceful space," a juror said.
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  The final Work Small Notable Award was given to SmithGroup for the Baker Avenue Asset Management office.
    The final Work Small Notable Award was given to SmithGroup for the Baker Avenue Asset Management office.
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  The office, located in the historic Bently Reserve building, combines new and old construction for a practice that works with new and old financial traditions.
    The office, located in the historic Bently Reserve building, combines new and old construction for a practice that works with new and old financial traditions.
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  The big winner of the evening was Rottet Studio. Its Surry Hotel was named the Honor Award winner for Play as well as the WOW Best of Show overall winner.
    The big winner of the evening was Rottet Studio. Its Surry Hotel was named the Honor Award winner for Play as well as the WOW Best of Show overall winner.
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  The Upper East Side hotel is described as a embodying "sophisticated whimsy."
    The Upper East Side hotel is described as a embodying "sophisticated whimsy."
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  Mark Horton | Architecture was presented with a Play Merit Award for a very fun-loving spot: the House of Air in San Francisco's Presidio.
    Mark Horton | Architecture was presented with a Play Merit Award for a very fun-loving spot: the House of Air in San Francisco's Presidio.
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  Inside the former biplane hanger, the House of Air is filled with trampolines. It's expected to achieve LEED certification.
    Inside the former biplane hanger, the House of Air is filled with trampolines. It's expected to achieve LEED certification.
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  Rounding out the Play category was Aidlin Darling Design, winning a Merit Award for Bar Agricole.
    Rounding out the Play category was Aidlin Darling Design, winning a Merit Award for Bar Agricole.
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  An old warehouse was converted into the restaurant. The walls are made of reclaimed oak from former whiskey barrels.
    An old warehouse was converted into the restaurant. The walls are made of reclaimed oak from former whiskey barrels.
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  A single award was given in the Shop category. The recipient was a familiar name of the evening: Gensler, for the Bank of America, 72nd & Broadway.
    A single award was given in the Shop category. The recipient was a familiar name of the evening: Gensler, for the Bank of America, 72nd & Broadway.
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  Rather than being designed as a traditional bank all about business, this project was applauded as being "hospitality-centric."
    Rather than being designed as a traditional bank all about business, this project was applauded as being "hospitality-centric."
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  The stunning and ultra-modern Hult International Business School earned TSAO Design Group the Honor Award in the Serve category.
    The stunning and ultra-modern Hult International Business School earned TSAO Design Group the Honor Award in the Serve category.
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  The school features diverse mix of lecture halls, communal tables, and private study areas.
    The school features diverse mix of lecture halls, communal tables, and private study areas.
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  HOK's San Francisco office won a second award, claiming a Serve Merit Award for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Academic Library.
    HOK's San Francisco office won a second award, claiming a Serve Merit Award for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Academic Library.
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  The windowless stairway is lit from above with a speckled skylight. From other areas, glass spans open onto dramatic views of the Red Sea.
    The windowless stairway is lit from above with a speckled skylight. From other areas, glass spans open onto dramatic views of the Red Sea.
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  The Serve Notable Award was presented to Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for its Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.
    The Serve Notable Award was presented to Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for its Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.
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  The building embraces sustainable practices, drawing on passive design elements like natural light and a living roof.
    The building embraces sustainable practices, drawing on passive design elements like natural light and a living roof.
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  The final award of the evening, an Honor Award, was presented to SmithGroup with Jim Jennings Architecture in the new Heal category.
    The final award of the evening, an Honor Award, was presented to SmithGroup with Jim Jennings Architecture in the new Heal category.
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  The 236,00-square-foot space was described by a juror as a "new way to plan a lab: better, fresher, beautiful, strong, and collaborative."
    The 236,00-square-foot space was described by a juror as a "new way to plan a lab: better, fresher, beautiful, strong, and collaborative."

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