Monday, August 29, 2016

Work in Design: Signature Signage Element

       Here's a design sketch of an in progress signage element conceived to front a large 300+  unit mixed use apartment driven development in Phoenix, Arizona.  This would front a busy road helping to create branding visibility to the contemporary styled apartment complex sited next to a complementary styled mixed used development with shops, offices and other functions.  Designed to not compete with adjacent monument signage for the whole development this is intended to highlight the apartments Trellis design spirit. 
      Would integrate into proposed planting design. The structure would be fabricated out of painted metal steel tubing and could be lit in a striking yet tasteful manner with LED lighting so night time is equally inspiring as the day in helping build the brand identity of the apartments.

New Work: National Life Group Dallas Reception Area

View of finished reception desk, planter and wall backdrop
    Earlier the summer of 2016 we provided interior architectural design services for National Life Group  and their just finished reception area renovation at their Dallas area location.  
      Finished this summer, this presents a new face for the Texas location while connecting to company wide aesthetics and brand story. We designed the reception desk area, planter and engineered stone rough and polished cladding, sign marquee (For weight reasons) as well as provided general direction as to wall graphics, furnishings as well as fixed finishes. 
     The design resonates with National Life Group's brand DNA focused on Main Street values with enduring strength and a commitment to weaving together people, planet and purpose. Thus materials and branding imagery were selected to reflect strength, innovation and weaving together.  The end result is a reception area communicating company values to both visiting customers and employee team members alike.
      Our services included extensive pre-visualization design providing alternative design options and then final visualizations of selected materials, colors and lighting for final review and signoff.

Pre-visualization of final design
      Materials used in the reception area redesign ranged from Dupont Zodiaq engineered stone countertop and signage marquee materials, Coronado Stone Honey Ledge Series, satin finish aluminum U-reveals, cherry hardwood veneer paneling at desk and planter, stainless steel recessed planter and planting, 3Form Varia EcoResin decorative panel with a weaving pattern and aluminum hold-offs, Wilsonart laminate tastefully clads the back area of the desk. 
Frontal view of reception desk
      All of this integrated with ceiling and lighting designed prior to create a striking reception experience. The goal was to differentiate the Texas location while relating it design wise to the brand DNA of their Montpelier, VT headquarters which recently had been updated over a multi-year modernization project which Arocordis Design provided ongoing design consulting interior architectural services on many projects.
branding graphics and waiting area furniture (final selections
by NLG)
      Our work for them ranged from helping develop overall workplace strategies for typical office floors, common space design with sustainable materials and ample interior planting, and interior branding leadership on three 45,000 square foot office floors. This included many common areas used by numerous employees on a daily basis. Here's a link to an article about their interior planting and fighting nature deficit disorder, as part of the overall project we designed. Here's a link to a signature area we designed on the third floor. The focus throughout was and remains to this day on mission driven design focused on upgrading aesthetics, collaboration, ergonomics and work processes leading to service innovation and creating outstanding customer experience.
View of wall leading into conference room
      We then assisted National Life in the design and renovation of five floors of common area restrooms of approximately 5,000 square feet, serving 250,000 square feet of office area.  After that we assisted National Life in the redesign and renovation of their signature cafeteria servery and dining room, over 13,000 square feet of space.  The finished cafeteria and servery serves the overall campus including National Life Group employees and State of Vermont employees totalling over 2,000 people.
Close up of planter and marquee wall

Detail view of desk corner
      We continue to help National Life Group at their Dallas location on other work on an as-needed basis. Given the attractiveness of their brand with outstanding insurance and financial services products they continue to grow in Dallas and at their Montpelier, Vermont location. We share their commitment to #Cause and #Mission in the work we do for them and for others.  Projects like this reception area exemplify our values driven design process committed to being true to a company's DNA and Brand while tailoring inspiring design solutions to each and every customer small and large.

(Photos courtesy of National Life Facilities)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Project Work: American Meadows and High Country Seeds New Workplace

View into common area and meeting shed from open work area
      Driving down Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont a new workplace for American Meadows and High Country Seeds rises along one of the busiest roads in Vermont.  
     Their new workplace displays our mission and values driven design and work process. We designed their interior architecture renovation including front of house offices, meeting spaces, collaboration areas, and shipping/ receiving areas. We provided space planning, workplace strategies and more.  
      We worked closely with the owner on the design who then collaborated with Christine Burdick who provided finishing touches of targeted finishes, furniture selection and wall graphics. 
      Together we created a new workplace environment echoing their brand DNA of a disruptive e-commerce company operating in the gardening and seed space.  The owner purchased the former site of a venerable area outdoor recreation store which became a high end furniture store seeing new possibilities for re-purposing its' tall floor to floor heights and vast open areas into a high functioning collaborative focused open office workplace and seed shipping and receiving warehouse area.  
View from main entry looking deep into open work area
      There's more to be done in the months ahead but these images show what's emerging.  Like their brand, they've planted a new seed in Shelburne providing the area with renewed energy and vitality.  We helped create meeting spaces in close proximity to open work areas and common spaces like the kitchen commons which also doubles as a flexible meeting space.  
      We developed an interior kit of parts of interior elements which evolved out of a garden shed aesthetic with common everyday materials like galvanized corrugated sheet metal, rustic shake shingles, a timber frame. The client was extremely interested in bringing a feeling of nature near into their new workplace with natural materials including repurposing as flooring in the central common area reclaimed bleachers. 
      Improving daylighting and access to views outside was also critical to American Meaodws. We campaigned for opening up the center of darkest area with a generous skylight to let daylight and the sunshine in over the kitchen / common area.  To further lighten the space on the south elevation, a series of large windows matching existing windows on other elevations were installed.
View of the kitchen and commons area

View into the existing climbing wall area
with large nature inspired wall graphics

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Zig Zag House 2 - Project in design

Southeast view at night
Concept floor plan
      A new 1,000 square foot small house, weekend getaway, 2nd home, guest house. Call what you will but it's a ready to go super energy efficient net-zero ready home simply conceived, easy to maintain. If you're of modern design inclination and want to try simpler living within a compact footprint you might consider this design or adapting it to your specific needs, building site, life stage and more.
      Designed for high energy efficiency, comfort and performance, this home design can be tailored to you budget, objectives and aesthetics. If you're curious about integrating the specifics of the exterior building enclosure, insulation levels, types of windows, building systems for heating and cooling to maximize performance and value for you, it's certainly worth a conversation.  
      Shown here as a 1,000 sq. ft. house and 700 sq. ft. garage on a relatively flat site, the overall building and its site features can be adjusted to your own site, your budget and living needs. Consider what you see here as a " beginning take" in a yet to happen collaboration between you and us.  Here we conceive an ideal relationship between building and land, aesthetics and function. But it takes your insight, wants and dreams to make this home design idea come alive. Also, note you have options to build only the house, the house and garage / studio space or perhaps conceive of the garage space as an open carport someday you will build out. 
       For the building construction features, we propose a cold climate responsive solution with a R40 walls, R60 roof, R20 foundation and R10 for insulation levels along with a mix of clear and low-e argon filled triple insulated fiberglass windows for comfort and performance. 
View to entry from drive walk
     Exterior finishes shown here range from cedar shakes to cement board or cedar siding, some steel columns near the entry, Ipe or Trex decking for recyclability.
      We show simple, health focused interior finishes and interior lighting to meet your design and budget objectives. This includes slate flooring and sustainable wood flooring.  Of course we need to collaborate on the design of the kitchen and bath to your wants and needs. If you'd like to know more, contact us here or call 802-448-0056 to speak to Steve Frey, Principal Architect. 

Mudroom entry

View to south west - main living area

View towards kitchen and mudroom entry beyond
View of living area through "view finder"
View from south west to exterior

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rise Up Bakery Concept Illustration

Our fundraising concept illustration for The  Old Labor Hall - Barre, Vermont - National Historic Landmark, Barre Historical Society Rise Up Bakery feasibility study project. The goal?  Help return to Barre and this historic site, wood-fired artisanal bread baking, community education and #workforce #training for #breadbaking in Central Vermont in the years ahead! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Arocordis Design of Montpelier, VT Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

      Arocordis Design of Montpelier, Vermont has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The five-year old full service green architectural design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
      The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
      “At Arocordis Design we cultivate inspiring places and spaces with a sustainable mindset. We build our community of satisfied clients here on Houzz one relationship at a time. Receiving this award invigorates our commitment to providing exceptional design and service to our clients and their families in the years ahead.” said Stephen M. Frey, AIA, principal architect and president of Arocordis Design.
     “Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Arocordis Design voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

About Arocordis Design

      Arocordis Design, a Vermont architecture firm serving the Northeast, cultivates inspiring places and spaces with a sustainable mindset. They practice residential design integrating homeowner's sense of beauty, functional requirements, dreams and aspirations with a values driven design process.
     In their work with clients they seek to deeply connect to family, nature and place. Additionally, they prioritize beauty, comfort, energy efficiency, long term value and durability with a homeowner's budget, construction schedule, peace of mind and long-term operation. 

About Houzz

      Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

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