Rosemann's design won bronze in the Interiors category for "Best Use of Art" as the design highlights works created by Jeffrey Owen Hanson. Hanson's contemporary creations provided Rosemann with inspiration to create a bold, urban "art gallery" design.
"Walls were painted a pure white making them the perfect background for Jeff's modern art," says Vickie Stewart, ASID. "His story is such an inspirational one that we really wanted his work to take center stage."
Since the age of twelve, Hanson has lived with a genetic disorder known as Neurofibromatosis leaving him with limited sight. Now at the age of fifteen, Hanson creates vibrant, colorful works which he sells and then donates earnings to various charities such as Children's Tumor Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and KC Blind All Stars Foundation.
With Hanson's art and other modern works on the walls, Rosemann's design needed to ensure the overall "art gallery" concept remained while providing each space with its own unique identity. With multiple spaces such as a theater, exercise facility, café area and leasing office, flexibility and durability were two core design requirements.
"We thoroughly analyzed functionality with the varying spaces because the building provides a single source for residents to interact and enjoy the offered amenities freely and comfortably," says Stewart.
The space also acts as a promotional tool for inquiring apartment tenants. "One of this property’s main selling points is its location," explains Stewart. "It's minutes from Downtown so we unified an urban, vibrant lifestyle backdrop with the contemporary art."
To convey this unification, Rosemann's designers chose stained concrete floors, track lighting, modern furnishings and finishes to complete the 5,428 sq. ft. building. "Overall the project team was quite pleased with the finished product," says Stewart. "Receiving the Design Excellence Award was sweet icing on the cake."