Design Competition

Building of the Future 2015

2015 Niche Project Development Winning Concept

NAIOP’s annual design competition generated creative and cutting-edge, yet practical, ideas that are based on user needs and trends in the industry. This award is on hiatus and is not currently being presented.

See concepts and winners from 2012-2015 below.

2015 Niche
Development

NAIOP's third design competition in 2015 featured Niche Development the Future, recognizing three firms for outstanding submissions. The winning companies presented their concepts at the Commercial Real Estate Conference 2015.

2015 Winning Concepts:

KGD Architecture: Aria

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Aria is an urban-infill 1 million-square-foot development that serves as a multigenerational, mixed-income and mixed-use community. A vibrant one-acre public courtyard at the center of three buildings forms the heart of the project. The concept redevelops an existing multifamily building into a combination of market-rate and affordable housing, with areas that showcase art and technology uses, as well as medical offices. Sustainable and high-tech elements are employed throughout Aria, from the roof garden terrace, where residents can cultivate herbs, vegetables and fruits, to exterior and interior green walls that help maintain air purity and reduce demand on mechanical HVAC systems. Rooftop photovoltaic panels and microturbines capture solar and wind energy.

Meyer: Continuing Care Urban Community

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Meyer's Continuing Care Urban Community features independent living apartments that are located close to the fitness center, the indoor pool and an Amenity Center, which houses a bistro and community room. It redevelops and revitalizes an existing three-story garden apartment complex in an “urban-suburban” location to support lower- and middle-class seniors’ desires to “age in place.” The reuse of well-located older buildings does not require land development, zoning or municipal approvals, which increases speed to market and reduces development costs. The addition of elevators, active courtyards and community spaces throughout each floor can transform sturdy, older garden apartment complexes into affordable housing for seniors.

Ware Malcomb: Nexus

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Ware Malcomb’s mixed-use medical campus includes four primary components: the Mind Nexus, Heart Nexus, Spirit Nexus and Body Nexus. The components can be built using a phased approach and can operate autonomously. The concept’s holistic view of health care delivery envisions “more health, less care,” and brings together a variety of high-tech spaces for learning, healing and wellness in a single destination. Space needs will shift as patients receive care remotely through technology and less in dedicated medical facilities. Medical professionals will provide virtual consultations to patients through apps and microclinics/kiosks, and storage needs will change, as sterile case goods like stents and tools as well as custom molds and other products are made on-site as needed with 3-D printers.

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2014
Interior Design

NAIOP's third design competition in 2014 featured the Interior Design/Build-out of the Future, recognizing three firms for outstanding submissions. The winning companies presented their concepts at Development ’14: The Meeting for Commercial Real Estate. 

2014 Winning Concepts:

The Magnet: DLR Group’s Office Interior of the Future
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Dubbed “the Magnet,” DLR Group envisions a workplace that will actively draw people together in a hub of social energy, where employees and visitors encounter a high-activity zone staffed by a concierge and an “IT barista” who will help them use the facility.

In the Zone: Ware Malcomb’s Office Interior of the Future
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Ware Malcomb organized its two-story concept into four different zones that support the work to be done: (1) Focus, for undisturbed work that requires concentration; (2) Collaborative, for informal/formal interaction; (3) Team, for groups that work together each day; and (4) Quiet, for getting away from it all.

Vibrant Microcommunity: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini’s Office Interior of the Future
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Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) saw the office build-out of the future as an opportunity to rejuvenate an aging 1980s-era office building in an up-and-coming urban location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and transform it into a vibrant microcommunity and mixed-use Class A office building. Repurposing existing space is the most practical and sustainable way to support communities, according to the concept, and the microcommunity includes retail, residential and coworking spaces, and is rich with shared amenities. By including an array of shared and employee-only amenities, D/P/S’s concept makes it possible to reduce dedicated tenant space and increase shared space, allowing for improved access and amenities.

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2013
Distribution/Fulfillment

NAIOP hosted its second design competition in 2013 featuring the Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future, recognizing four firms for outstanding submissions. The companies presented their concepts at Development ’13: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate.

2013 Winning Concepts

Ware Malcomb – Ware Malcomb’s concept features a 1,950,400-total-square-foot warehouse spanning five levels high where the brains of its sophisticated delivery system (robotic picking devices and a conveyor spine) are located in the center of the building. See the Ware Malcomb presentation.

Riddell Kurczaba – Riddell Kurczaba’s concept, “The Swarm,” encompasses 800,000-gross-square-feet, of which 500,000-square-feet is allocated for retail warehousing in the building’s central core and 300,000-square-feet of residential and office space occupies the building’s perimeter. See the Riddell Kurczaba presentation.

Other Resources:

  • Development magazine special insert, Winter 2013, The Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future
  • Winning presentations in the NAIOP E-Library
  • Press Release: With E-commerce on the Rise, Future Warehouses Go Vertical, in NAIOP’s Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future Design Competition

2012
Office

NAIOP hosted its inaugural design competition in 2012 featuring the Office Building of the Future, recognizing four firms for outstanding submissions. The company’s presented their concepts at Development ’12: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate.

2012 Winning Concepts

  • Gensler – Gensler’s concept is a "hackable" building that they define as "an existing structure that has been updated beyond recognition and that incorporates a diverse mix of multiple uses within a building." See the Gensler presentation (video).
  • Hickok Cole Architects – According to Hickok Cole Architects’ winning submission, "No one is tied to a desk and there are ample opportunities for diverse work environments, such as lounge work areas, communal tables, benching areas, hive configurations, individual work stations, and shared office amenities." See the Hickock Cole presentation.
  • The Miller Hull Partnership – The Miller Hull Partnership’s b(HIVE) concept represents "a building that becomes a part of an agile, adaptable business machine, somewhere between a hands-on community and the raw edge of technology." See The Miller Hull Partnership presentation.
  • Pickard Chilton – Pickard Chilton’s approach identifies three distinct principles. 1) Human qualities; 2) Business objectives; 3) Sustainability. See the Pickard Chilton presentation.

Other Resources:

  • Development magazine special insert, Winter 2012, The Office Building of the Future: Going Well Beyond the Business Needs of Tenants
  • Video interview, NAIOP’s Office Building of the Future in a Suburban Setting
  • Video interview, NAIOP’s Office Building of the Future: How the Idea Originated

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