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2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE RECIPIENT

Architecture

 

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Interior Architecture

 

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Regional & Urban Design

Vera Wang Boutique, Soho


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Notes of Interest

Customers enter as performers on a stage, stepping into the elevated, double-height proscenium at the front of the store. The spatial sequence unfolds down a full-width, white Corian grand stair, which transitions into the more intimate display and changing area at the rear of the space.

With LED backlighting, the steps appear to float; they double as seating for special events or a display riser with translucent acrylic platforms.

Reflecting the juxtapositions that characterize Vera Wang’s fashion design, the material palette is based on a series of complementary contrasts. High-gloss, white epoxy flooring contrasts with diaphanous scrims; synthetic acrylic partitions feature hand-sculpted, curved edges, while natural architectural plaster is polished to the point of abstraction. Lighting is as much a physical material as the plaster and steel, and is used to simulate a range of atmospheric states.

Architect

Gabellini Sheppard Associates

   

Owner

Vera Wang Group

   

Location

New York City

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Consultant

Tillotson Design Associates

   

Engineer

Robert Silman Associates
Edwards & Zuck Consulting Engineers

   

General Contractor

Michilli, Inc.

   

Landscape Architect

R/F Landscape Architecture P.C..

   

Photo Credit

© Paul Warchol

   


JURY COMMENTS

It is all about the subtlety— of
the details that are very, very
refined. You don’t see them at
first and they reveal
themselves as you move within
the space.

The detailing is spatially
expansive while intimate.

The use of color, only in light,
is seductive.

Such a crisp interior helps to
focus on the client’s product


2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE JURY


Daniel H. Wheeler, FAIA (Chair)
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Inc.
Chicago

David H. Hart, FAIA
Utah Capitol Preservation Board
Salt Lake City

Audrey A. Matlock, AIA
Audrey Matlock, Architect
New York City

Audrey Stokes O'Hagan, AIA
Audrey O’Hagan Architect
Newton, Massachusetts

Clive R. Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA
Clive Wilkinson Architects
West Hollywood, California

 

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