The winning student design competition entries from Benjamin Moore and the ASID Foundation‘s recent scholarship contest.
Benjamin Moore, in partnership with the ASID Foundation, recently held its Workplace of the Future student design competition for interior design students (we were proud to be a judge!). Entrants were challenged to submit renderings of a design solution that envisions what a workplace will look like in 5-10 years, incorporating the following key design elements: modular and adaptable workspaces, eco-friendly materials, technology driven environments, and promotion of employee wellness.
The three winners received a $5,000 grant each. Snippets from their entries are featured below…
An emphasis on human centered design
Emily Manasc — a rising junior at Savannah College of Art and Design — submitted a concept that focused on human centered design. Her goal was “create a productive and flexible work environment to accommodate all employees’ needs,” she said. “I decided to create a space with no fixed elements, therefore there are no walls separating the space.”
A workplace that “restores imagination” in employees
Tess Messina — a rising senior at Ringling College of Art and Design — submitted a conceptual project for the real company, Life is Good, where she proposed her design would help to “restore imagination” in their employees. “My goal is to remind employees of their childhood fun before the time of technology, when all you needed was imagination,” she wrote in her abstract. “The design of the space will encourage collaboration through technology. There are many areas where capabilities allow for brainstorming, video conferencing, and group meetings.”
What “personality-based design” looks like
Last but not least, Heather Sutherland — a graduate student in her final year that The University of Texas at Austin — focused her concept on personality-based design and functionality. According to Sutherland, offices should be “a place that allows workers of all activity levels, work types, and extroversion levels to find a place to get work done.” For this entry, she separated the space in to three work zones: the Co-Lab, the Social Hub, and the Library. “Each zone uses different lighting, materials, and acoustics to achieve the optimum level of work,” she said.