Toledo firm wins AIA Ohio awardWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Collaborative Inc. was honored during the AIA Ohio Convention on Oct. 1.
AIA Ohio, a society of the American Institute of Architects, awarded the Collaborative the Honor Award for Interior Projects for the design and work the firm completed in its lobby. The award was one of 11 awards granted to the 84 different statewide entries and the given to an applicant from Toledo.
“We were thrilled winning this honor. This is our home, our space, our lobby. We wanted to transform it and make it a lot more usable to us,” said Michael Muse, architect and partner in The Collaborative. Starting in the winter of 2008 and concluding in the summer of 2009, The Collaborative renovated its lobby and conference rooms.
The firm could have transformed its space in any number of ways, but chose to experiment on itself, Muse said.
The lobby features a 12-foot section of wall that divides the lobby and conference rooms. The panel allows for natural light to enter the conference rooms, but can be lifted like a garage door allowing the space to be used to large gatherings, Muse said. The space is roughly 1,200 square feet and can host whole office meetings and holiday parties now, he said.
“This scheme garnered considerable interest based on its simple and contemporary incursions within an otherwise straightforward and familiar space,” said Craig Davis, jury chairman for the competition, in an e-mail. “The design does not rely on form alone to establish its presence; instead it relies on the drama and dynamic quality of its conversion idea to create a memorable design. The grand tilting walls provide several meanings to what would have by most ordinary accounts been simply left as a sliding or hinged wall.
The jury felt that the project made a great impact through limited means and this in relation to many contemporary extravagant sensibilities of interior design deserved more than a merit award.”
The lobby renovation was designed by Muse, Matt Clarkson and Dorey Fox.
The Collaborative also received an Honor Award from the AIA Toledo in 2009 for the same lobby renovation.