Baoye Group by LYCS Architecture: 2018 Best of Year Winner for Midsize Construction Office Project

Working for a leader in your own field, say a construction and engineering giant, entails a certain amount of pressure. The ante was even higher fo...

PROJECTS

| Office
The automobile icon might be known for its German engineering, but the brand went all-American when choosing an architecture firm for its U.S. head...
| Office
After nearly half a century home-based in a cubicle-centric suburban campus, McDonald's did a 180, relocating to a nine-story new-build in downtown...
Bureaucracy is rarely this exuberant. Offering an eye-popping explosion of colors, patterns, and graphics, the headquarters of the Conseil Ré...
| Office
A terse challenge was posed by Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang: Create a headquarters that enables the company’s 2,500 employees to ...
| Retail
Developed by HFZ Capital Group, the Eleventh is a block-wide beacon situated between the High Line and the Hudson River in New York City. Slated fo...
Do you feel welcomed at your job? Other than when Beth in Accounting says hey? “Hospitality” is not something traditionally associated ...

Steelcase by Shimoda Design Group: 2018 Best of Year Winner for Showroom Project

All work and no play. Who says that’s how a showroom has to be? Certainly not , with which Joey Shimoda of has been collaborating for 15 years.

Unveiled at the latest trade fair, the revamped showroom at theMART in Chicago represents an evolution from Shimoda’s previous design, presenting a digitally fabricated sculptural element as the centerpiece for zones dedicated to different brands. That underlying concept remains the same, as the showroom sprawls over 32,500 square feet. Once again, he worked with Steelcase’s Global Design Studio to explore culture, behavior, and wellness in addition to more typical workplace concerns. At the outset, he says, “Design conversations spanned more than six months, often with the assistance of behavioral experts, in­dustrial designers, and engineers.”

Steelcase Showroom by Shimoda Design Group. Photography by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.

Products from Steelcase itself, its and brands, and 10 partner manufacturers now appear in two complementary environments, each with a place to eat. WorkLife, Shimoda notes, “feels futuristic” in its dedication to technology applications and the interconnectivity they create. WorkCafé is a more relaxed, slightly rustic setting where people can gather to collaborate or just socialize. Again, the separate zones are visually unified by a sculpture. The new one is digitally designed, as before, but this time it was completely handmade in ash. He and his staffers have affectionately nicknamed it Woody.

Steelcase Showroom by Shimoda Design Group. Photography by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.
Steelcase Showroom by Shimoda Design Group. Photography by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.
Steelcase Showroom by Shimoda Design Group. Photography by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.

Project Team: Susan Chang; Garine Gabrielian; Gabriel Santos; Di Huang; Yingtao Tao; Humpty Calderon.

> See more Best of Year Project Winners from the December 2018 issue of villamladebuky

Layering Courtyard by Archstudio: 2018 Best of Year Winner for Building Transformation

This is not the first time Archstudio reinvented an archetypical courtyard-style siheyuan as a mixed-use rental venue for events and overnight...