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An Award Trifecta in Atlanta with IIDA Georgia

Design projects for a creative client win across multiple categories at the 2016 b.o.b. Awards.
SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

It’s has been said that good things come in threes. Our Atlanta office design team learned that firsthand on February 25, at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Georgia Chapter’s 2016 b.o.b. Awards. IA was recognized with awards for large and small corporate projects for digital creative agency, SapientNitro, in Miami and Santa Monica, California. And at the end of the evening, the small corporate project also garnered the 2016 b.o.b. Award, the equivalent of the design competition’s “Best in Show.”

We are thrilled to have won this recognition, particularly this year, as it falls on the 10th anniversary of IIDA GA’s b.o.b. Awards,” says Alexandra Miller, a senior designer on both winning projects. “IA has been an active member of the Southeast design community for just as long, and we are proud of the collaborative design work from our office that touches projects around the world.”

 

SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.
Large Corporate Award for SapientNitro in Miami

This 54,000-square-foot work environment combines modern design elements with restored architectural features across a dynamic, open work environment. Central circulation along the “Main Street” corridor guides visitors through neighborhoods of work zones, collaboration areas, and breakout hubs for group work. The tour experience showcases an exclusive view of product development and showcases the brand’s office culture against the backdrop of local Miami.

SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.

For additional workplace square footage,  a raw parking structure and several former retail bays were also wrapped into a new building envelope. To provide continuity,  the IA team translated the design approach used for the building’s interiors to the exterior: This solution combines  the distinctive texture of the original façade with complementary, modern glazing. A glowing, red glass entry vestibule provides transparency and connection with the surrounding Coconut Grove community.

SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

“The Large Corporate b.o.b. award was a big win for us, given the scale and complexity of the Sapient Miami project,” Miller says. “By embracing the building unique details and combining it with as much glazing as possible, our team was able to create a buzzworthy office space that engages the local community and raises our client’s local profile.”

SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Miami. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Small Corporate b.o.b. and the Best of the Best

A deliberately minimal build-out of a second-generation 15,000-square-foot warehouse in Santa Monica affords maximum exposure to light and a strong connection with  the outdoors. Before Sapient  moved in, the warehouse had been  a sound editing facility, divided into a maze of 9-foot walls. The design team reconfigured the infrastructure with an open floor plan and exposed ceiling joists, concrete floors, and reclaimed wood. An angled wooden plane, crafted from locally reclaimed wood slats, delineates open benching for work from public zones such as  a fully equipped kitchen, game zone, lounge areas, and an outdoor patio., Transparent writable glass is layered over reclaimed wood and concrete block walls to express the authenticity of the original materials.

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.

“We are so honored to have won the Small Corporate b.o.b. award for our work with this cutting-edge digital agency,” Miller says. “In working with Sapient, one of our goals is to capture the unique flavor of each office through the interior environment and our team really succeeded in conveying the local culture of Santa Monica with a laid-back, creative, outdoor-loving vibe.”

SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.
SapientNitro in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Eric Laignel.
IA's Atlanta design team at the 2016 b.o.b. Awards.
IA’s Atlanta design team at the 2016 b.o.b. Awards.

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