A very big congratulations to Clive Wilkinson Architects for taking home two awards this year for Contract Magazine‘s Annual Interiors Awards! Our collaborations with them include Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Publicis Groupe which have both received countless awards for its innovation in design, custom furniture, and overall architectural excellence. Here is this month’s issue which features stories from Clive Wilkinson himself as well as some of our in-house renderings for the project!
PUBLICIS GROUPE HQ
Large Banquette Workstation + Seating (Top) Bench Workstations with Acoustic Paneling (Bottom)
SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB
Nurse Station (Right), Think Pod & Phone Booth (Middle), Physician Workstation (Right)
Congratulations to Clive Wilkinson Architects for being featured in Contract Magazine alongside client Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Here is a look into this month’s issue of Contract to see our custom designed furniture pieces for the nationally awarded healthcare facility. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has been featured in Interior Design Magazine and been awarded the 2017 Chicago Innovation Award for Healthcare, Gold in Modern Healthcare Design Awards, US News Best Hospitals, and many more recognitions.
dTank’s scope for the project spans from custom light structures to think pods the patients will be interacting with day to day. Overall the project has more than 20 pieces of custom designed furniture and interactive medical equipment supplied by our furniture design firm. Every piece incorporates variety in design elements to defy healthcare environment norms and redefine the specifications of healing furniture. See a complete case study of our pieces including fabrication, form, and function here.
Clive Wilkinson Architects redesigned the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago into the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; A 27-story, 1.2-million-square-foot facility that gives patients 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest technology, and ergonomic furniture fabricated for research and recovery.Here are some pieces dTank designed and engineered for the AbilityLab, ultimately redesigning the way healthcare approaches interiors and healing spaces.
Think Pod: Designed as a conference room for researchers and doctors to meet with an open roof, magnetic dry erase boards, and sound absorbent vinyl interiors for acoustic clarity. The pods are portable and highly functional with electrical outlets and monitor access.
Physician Workstations: Cubicle style workstations with heavy duty steel framework, portable storage units, sound absorbent material, and locking capabilities.
Mobile Storage Units: One-of-a-kind steel storage units for facility linens, tools, and folders.
Light Fixture: Custom sky light fixture for the lobby with cable suspension and acrylic paneling to create an organic form.
Last week, our team headed out to an installation site in Los Angeles to check out our custom office furniture for a commercial real estate firm in Westwood LA. At dTank, we specialize in creating sophisticated work environments, particularly when it comes to technology integrated conference rooms and tables. Below you will see a 3/4″ Calcutta Gold marble top with a reversed knife edge. The book matching of the marble creates symmetry and consistency in design, with a built-in electrical system. The hardwood laminate base is smooth, glossy, and creates a floating appearance at first site.
Our design ethic often revolves around ergonomics and practicality, especially when designing for a workspace. Each client challenges us with different needs and work styles. By providing the client with sit-stand desking and flexible monitor arm systems they are able to adjust their desk according to their task, mood, and comfort. Below are some of the private office desks we designed, fabricated, and installed. Each sit-stand desk has a 1/4″ steel base.
Our white laminate creates a clean, sleek look as well as practicality for storage needs. The 2 millimeter hardwood edge brings consistency to the design while allowing durability and functionality. The office is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. Stay tuned for final product photos and client reveal! Don’t forget to follow us on instagram for weekly updates, stories, features, and material studies!
The Rehabilitation Center of Chicago’s CEO and president, Joanne Smith brought on Clive Wilkinson Architects, HDR, and Gensler for a brilliant collaboration and rebranding of the center into the new and improved Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The new lab brings researchers, doctors, nurses, and patients into one place that builds off of progress through collaboration. By bringing each sector together with no offices, barriers, or hierarchies, the physicians and therapists are connected with the recovery process. We are so excited to have worked on this breakthrough in healthcare design.
Over the last decade there has been a steady progression in integration of nature in the workplace from wood panel installations and lush greenery to expansive windows and skylights. While an outdoor office concept might not work for everyone, it is interesting to look at what sectors or industries would benefit from this type of design and what that space could potentially look like from a fabrication standpoint.
The benefit of merging organized workspaces and nature is exponential when it comes to a company’s creative work ethic and above all employee morale. Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, WA has recently developed a concept for a dome containing over 3,000 species of plants as an inspirational place for talking with a colleague, eating lunch or conducting a meeting. It is scheduled to be finished in 2018.
It is a concept that design firms have been experimenting with and researching since the early 2000s incorporating materials such as steel, wrought iron, synthetic resin, or teak to name a few. Some of dTank‘s go-tos for outdoor furniture include Trespa, 3form acrylics, and Caesarstone.
After 25 years in El Segundo, Team One Advertising moved nearly 550 employees to its new headquarters in Playa Vista, CA (Silicon Beach). After completing the design and installation of the workstations, they requested that an outdoor area be integrated. dTank designed an exclusive outdoor area that would accommodate the large staff and serve as a popular meeting area for those wishing to get away from the confines of their everyday desk space.
Outdoor seating by dTank for Team One Advertising, Los Angeles.
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Puchlik Design Associates partnered with dTank to create custom furniture for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center‘s palliative care unit. When creating furniture in the healthcare, whether it is for waiting rooms, exam rooms, and patient rooms such as this one, we combine the requirements provided by the medical facility and project architect with Evidence Based Design principals and our knowledge of hospitality furniture.This approach results in patient-centered furniture solutions that provide a sense of comfort during what may be an uneasy situation.
Client: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center – Palliative Care Suites
Clothing Cabinet – Ceiling height made of wood laminate and a powder-coated steel handle
Casework – Made of wood laminate placed against the wall fitting perfectly between the wall and the room divider. Cabinet design is made to camouflage within the space.
CoArt Acrylic Panel – A custom boiphilic design made by CoArt by dTank printed on an acrylic panel that is placed in the middle of the casework providing a calming backdrop for guests. Demountable side panels are designed for access to in-wall Med Gases when zone is used as an overflow licensed bed.
Writing Desk – Freestanding wood laminate stand and drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone table designed for ease relocation when zone is needed for overflow licensed Bed.
Sink – Wood laminate drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone sink.
Coffee Table – Wood laminate table and powder-coated steel legs made with a modern design.
Studies have shown a direct link between images of nature and it’s positive affects on patient’s health in medical facilities. Too often, patients and physicians find themselves in dim, white, sterile rooms and hallways that can create a disconnected and distressed mental state. One study has found the patients that see images or videos or nature and landscapes, also known as healing art, tend to require far fewer medications for anxiety and agitation and another finds it can lower heart and blood pressure rates.
Healing Art not only benefits the patient, but also the nurses, physicians, medical staff, guests and the facility itself! Similar to how a nicely designed work space can affect an employee’s job satisfaction or a client’s perception of the company, when healing art is hung in patient rooms, hallways or waiting rooms, all that come across it are positively affected.
At CoArt by dTank, we have created a collection of healing art photography art you can choose from or you can request a custom design. All art is designed, printed on your chosen material, and installed by us.
Publicis Groupe brought on Clive Wilkinson Architects to design their new North America headquarters in New York City. The new 190,000 SF space spans eight contiguous floors and is home to 1200 employees. Clive Wilkinson Architects imagined this organic working community as a tree extending through all the floors providing visual continuity and a transformative architectural language for the creative agency. dTank joined the team to provide our services and expertise in creating office furniture that brings people together.
We are excited to be featured in Interior Design Magazine for this project! Read the feature article here.
Client: Publicis Groupe
Industry: Advertising and Public Relations
Location: New York, NY
Scope: Organic Shaped Work Benches and Tables, Banquette Seating and Tables, Acoustical Room Enclosures
Materials: Oak Laminate with Hardwood Edge, Powder-Coated Steel, Acoustical Felt Material
Design Firm: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Project completed in 2016
Work Benches and Tables
In keeping with the tree concept, we created several organically shaped work benches and tables that curve following the natural shape of the interior. The tables were made with oak laminate and hardwood edges while the legs were made with powder-coated steel. Along the center of each collaborative work table is a groove that holds the wire manager, keeping it hidden yet easily accessible.
Banquette Seating and Tables
The dual-sided banquette was created providing two seating options. On one side, a tall bar table and the other, booth seating with individual tables.
Acoustical Room Enclosures
Using raw acoustical material, we created cloud-like enclosures providing limited privacy meeting space for the staff. The acoustical felt material showcased a very natural raw look and assisted in limited sound problems that could occur with an open space.
Stepping away from the typical call-center style, our client wanted to create a more modern space allowing employees the ability to collaborate while also maintaining the right amount of privacy. These propeller shaped work pods provided just that.
Client: Customer Service and Support Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Scope: Open Work Pods with Pin-wheel Stations and Power Poles
Each work pod allows for four individual workstations connecting them at an integrated power pole that seamlessly holds all electrical wires running from the ceiling to each station providing power for computers and phones. The power poles allow for a cleaner and contemporary look so that the spaces are not cluttered with wires and also making it easier to add or reconfigure electrical connections when needed.
The delta shaped work stations give each station more space than a rectangular desk and its depth is ideal for work stations using dual monitors.
The translucent panels not only provide just the right amount of privacy but also allow for light to shine through.
Because of the pod’s shape and the way they are strategically laid out in the space, no pod lines up right next to the other once again deviating from the classic call-center style. It was very important to the client that all employees felt they had their own individual space without compromising the ability to easily collaborate with their colleagues.
As an add-on, we created mobile screens for employees to move around giving them the option of more privacy when necessary.
A big congratulations to Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates for being awarded the Contract magazine’s 2016 Legend Award!
We are excited to celebrate our longtime design partners, Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge with Contract Magazine in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue! The firm has won numerous awards throughout its career and we are honored to have been apart of several of their projects starting with Universal Music Group in 1998!
Many of our projects are featured within the article which include: