2018 Best of Design Awards for Unbuilt – Interior: Children’s Institute
Designer: DSH // architecture
Location: Long Beach, California
The design of the new, 20,000-square-foot Children’s Institute, a regional social services center, promotes intricacy and specificity. DSH // architecture designed the office space by avoiding a clichéd open-plan model; instead, the firm developed a concept that incorporates clustered team workspaces, smaller areas for focused meetings, gathering spaces located for chance encounters, and decompression zones for quiet meditation. The layout was based on an analysis of mobility patterns, team structures, and the differing needs of distinct clientele. As a new hub for this nonprofit organization, the work environment inspires the innovative thinking and creative solutions needed for its mission: genuine and effective interventions for some of society’s most intransigent problems.
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