favorite # 634

It’s all in the details inside this bare-bones auditorium. Minimal wall sconces set on white walls allow the colored fabric on the seats to sing – and create a brilliant optical illusion (can you see it?!). And while I cannot imagine the budget was blown ordering multi-hued upholstered seats, the result is majorly impressive and must be a hoot for the presenter!

Reception / Lobby. studioTECHNE Architects

Although not a performing arts project, per se, a recent studioTECHNE Architects project for MediaVision at Case Western Reserve University, above + below, used the bold bright colors that appear on television screens during system tests to inform the paint, carpet and counter-top colors when creating these vibrant offices, conference rooms, a kitchen and a recording studios inside a warehouse space on campus.

Staff Kitchen. studioTECHNE Architects

The result is certainly eye-catching and dramatic and cost just pennies more (or in some cases, there was no upcharge) to specify, for example, yellow laminate cabinets versus standard beige, as seen in the kitchen, above.

Show like HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” have been demonstrating money-saving techniques that pack a punch in residential design for years. Now, it’s easy to see that commercial and institutional designers can still achieve greatness without blowing the client’s budget!

  Left: The approach. Right: A recording room. studioTECHNE Architects

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