HGA won four IIDA Northland FAB awards honoring the best interior design projects and Mari Ansera shares her thoughts on Equity and Inclusion in the industry.
The winning projects include Countryside Community Church in Omaha, Tractorworks in Minneapolis, and the Sleep Number Headquarters in Minneapolis.
The congregation of Countryside Community Church envisioned an intimate, welcoming environment with spaces for worship, child and adult education, community day care, music performance, fellowship, and community outreach. The interior mirrors the exterior materials and design with tactile wood walls that reflect the earthly, human realm below while the upper white walls reference the sky and God above. In announcing two awards for the church—for Civic and Community, and the event’s Grand Award—the jurors praised the project for its focus on community, calling it “timeless” and “perfect.”
Consolidating their corporate headquarters, Sleep Number relocated to downtown Minneapolis, transforming a former data center into a warm space with nods to their branding throughout. Taking inspiration from urban planning, the building’s floor plate is organized as a small city, anchored by a central plaza. The interior palette places this “city” within a midwestern landscape. Complex blues are paired with warm tones of gray, while dark woods, a celebration of Minnesota’s Big Woods legacy, bring warmth and texture. Copper accents brighten and balance the wintery hues with layered pattern providing a sense of home. The result is an interior that judges praise as “balanced and intimate” despite the large footprint.
Watch the Large Workplace presentation.
An adaptive reuse of an historic 1910 Richardsonian Romanesque building, TractorWorks Amenities & Repositioning combined old with new to create a modern, multitenant office building in Minneapolis’s warehouse district. The base palette is derived from the existing materials of the site: heavily textured brick, timber, and concrete. The furniture is inspired by iconic graffiti in Tractorworks’ existing stairwells and management office: bold hues pop against the neutral background. The environmental graphics use a layered approach to give foundation to the Tractorworks brand. The jurors praised the space as “holistic” and “seamless” from space to space.
Watch the Building Amenity Award presentation.
Equity in Interior Design
During the IIDA Northland FAB Awards the community discussed why equity and inclusion is important in the field of interior design. Mari Ansera, a Senior Designer at HGA and Past President of IIDA Northland, shared her thoughts on equity and inclusion.
Bringing human dignity and equity to our built environments is a minimum standard, a basic starting point. It is a great designer that will expound on that minimum and bring forth design that manifests the human spirit and inspires us all to live, work, and learn at our best regardless of the color of our skin, our economic status, our physical ability, or our identity.
– Mari Ansera, CID, IIDA
You can watch her comments by clicking here. Her speech is at the end of this section.
About the IIDA Northland FAB Awards
IIDA Northland promotes the practice of Interior Design by raising awareness of the role and value of the profession. The FAB Awards recognize and celebrate fresh, artistic, and brilliant interior design projects, innovative design solutions, and the integrated industry teams, that continue to redefine what design can be and do.
To learn more about the FAB Awards, visit IIDA Northland.