“Feelings are real and offer a tool to measure the success of architecture,” says Gary Koerner, AIA, president of the Dallas-based firm three. Indeed, “Architecture evokes emotion” is the credo of the firm, known for memorable boutique hospitality and senior living projects. By translating desirable feelings into architectural concepts, three has conceived and executed successful hotels, mixed-use buildings and senior residences, including Harbor’s Edge, a luxury residential tower for active aging. “The designer’s job is to understand how environments make individuals feel, and to use those findings to engage the user in creating a relationship with the property.”
Today, adds Koerner, feelings are much more important to offline, in-person experiences, in part due to the impacts of social media, user review sites, like Yelp and TripAdvisor, and other ways that building users can immediately post their emotional reactions to architecture and places. “For these reasons, authenticity and consistency of experience and aesthetics all matter more than ever,” says Koerner.
Below are a few solutions that we found to help prioritize experience in your design.
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It can be a balancing act to make something cost effective and practical, yet appealing and comfortable. This was one of the challenges in the redesign of Paris’ Longchamp Racecourse, a scenic horse-racing venue in France. However, hosting Europe’s most important horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, means accommodating 60,000 fans—a number that hardly resembles the track’s typical attendance.
Philips’ Luminous Patterns integrate light into architecture in a new way. Delicately illuminated surfaces of light in customizable architectural wall panel systems create a selection of signature experiences, including innovative optical effects, geometric patterns, custom finishes and graphic overlays.
At Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, the redevelopment expanded Terminal 5’s original 15,000 sq. ft. of space to 26,000 sq. ft., which helped cover the improvement of the security line areas, the creation of public restrooms in both pre and post-security TSA checkpoint areas, and the expansion of the retail and food options.
When it comes to restaurant design, Marc Jacobs, executive partner and divisional president, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is the expert. He has done it 18 times—successfully. Jacobs says he specifies flexible doors, walls and windows to match the unique ambiance he creates at each restaurant.
Feeney’s DesignRail Railing Kits offer the finest in modern, standout design. A component-based kit system lets you customize your railing to meet your indoor or outdoor needs. Yet assembly and installation is fast and simple, using the tools and knowledge you already have, keeping your project on schedule and on budget. You’ll appreciate the weatherproof durability of DesignRail’s powder-coated, 6000 series aluminum and stainless steel CableRail infill. The end result is a strong and striking accent to any work or home environment, all in an installer-friendly package.
Bison Wood Tiles offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique rooftop environments. This independently tested system allows rooftop decks to be installed quickly and easily. Since alignment and material layout are paramount to the connection between architecture and landscape, OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Bison to create custom 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles to align to the typical five-foot architectural mullion spacing for Partner’s HealthCare Administrative Campus in Sommerville, MA. Bison now offers these beautiful Ipê Wood Tiles as a standard surface option! The 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles have a smooth surface, 10 top running planks, and each Tile weighs only 34 pounds.
By providing the most current product details & features, technical drawings in PDF, CAD and BIM file formats, as well as performance results for NFRC and DP ratings, CSI 3 part specs, LEED data, AIA approved CEU courses and an Architectural Binder app LaCantina Doors continues to support the architectural, design, and building community. The free Architectural Binder app, downloadable to your desktop, allows instant access to product documents and drawings. The company has a proven track record for supporting the design community and encourages collaboration with architects and designers for project consultation, budgeting or assistance.
The newly opened Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights, NJ used 52,671sf of SlenderWall architectural precast concrete (396) panels with integral steel stud framing and R21 continuous insulation. The 176 room, 187,000-square-foot hotel located in the Connell Corporate Park marks the latest in a string of SlenderWall projects completed for Hospitality brands; Hilton, Westin, Holiday Inn, Hyatt and Marriott. PFVS Architecture designed the 8-story complex for Connell Hospitality. Tocci Construction hired SlenderWall producer Smith-Midland to manufacture the low maintenance long-term value solution.