SOM's Interior Design Practice won big in Interior Design Magazine's 2018 Best of Year Awards program. Five SOM projects of diverse typologies, a variety of scales, and multiple North American regions were selected from over 2,000 entries. The projects represent the work of SOM's Interiors Practice, and have been recognized as some of the year's most significant interiors work. Winners and honorees were announced at an awards ceremony on November 30th at the Javits Center in New York City.
The Valli & Valli Alina Hardware Collection won in the Hardware category of the product awards. Designed to be seamlessly integrated with the door and created with a minimal use of materials, the Alina Collection is the result of extensive studies and surveys conducted by SOM's Interiors design team.
777 Aviation was an honoree in the Office Renovation category. The 310,000-square-foot office building in El Segundo, California—originally designed in 1968 by modernist architect Craig Ellwood—was renovated and repurposed into a contemporary, multi-tenant creative workplace.
G-Cubed was an honoree in the Fitness category. The project is a gym and rooftop garden amenity space built on top of an existing seven-story parking garage in Los Angeles. It includes 22,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space, a 1,600-square-foot main pavilion and fitness center, and 1,000 square feet of locker room facilities.
Optimo Hat Company was an honoree in the Mid-Size Retail category of the awards. The building serves as the new headquarters for a Chicago-based manufacturer of bespoke, handcrafted hats. It consolidates the company's design, operations, and production spaces into a renovated 100-year-old firehouse that was formerly owned by the city. The LEED® Silver project incorporates durable interior architectural materials, such as blackened steel, walnut, and cork.
The Superior Court of California - San Diego was an honoree in the Institutional category. The 25-story tower consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts in one downtown location. The design balances formal courthouse design with elements that help create a secure and welcoming environment.