CompanyHuntsman Architectural Group
ClientDavid Meckley
DesignerDavid Meckley
Prize1st Place in Interior Design / Commercial
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Entry Description

Argonaut, an innovative advertising agency, was in sea search of a new home to support their rapid growth. With creativity as its driving force, their new headquarters nee needed to embody the same spirit and soul embedded in its creative process. Such a space was found the historic Av Avalon Ballroom. The 25,000sf building was carefully restored to its original splendor while offering work and social spaces that reflect Argonaut's brand and creative work style. In the main ballroom, a custom-designed desking system extends from a raised platform stage resembling catwalks. Argonaut practices "free addressing" - encouraging unrestricted choice of work settings where staff can be most creative. Interspersed around the space are flexible and casual idea-generating spaces. An original mezzanine overlooks the ballroom's activity and houses the boardroom and meeting rooms. The ground level workspace is devoted to the production teams, featuring a custom-desking system, lounges, meeting areas, and a an art gallery.

About Designer

Our mission is to elevate the human experience by designing places that connect, support, and inspire. We actively engage clients in the design process to explore their unique aspirations and culture. Connecting end users with their built environment results in spaces with meaning. Since 1981, our firm has built long-term partnerships to realize our clients' strategic objectives through the power of design. We believe in urban renewal, resource conservation, and environmental responsibility. The common thread in our work is our focus on meaningful design for the human experience.

Awards and Prize

2017 Interior Design’s Best of Year Finalist, Commercial Lobby category, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco 2017 AIA California Council, Interior Architecture Merit Award, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco 2017 International Design Awards, Gold Award - Office Category and Gold Award - Commercial Category, Argonaut, San Francisco 2017 AIA San Francisco Design Awards, Art and Furniture Special Commendation, 301 Howard Street, San Francisco 2017 IIDA Northern California, Honor Award, Work Medium category, ​Argonaut, San Francisco 2017 IIDA 44th Annual Interior Design Competition, Finalist 2017, Argonaut, San Francisco 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year, Office category for Mid-Size Creative/Tech, Argonaut, San Francisco 2015 #IDmakeitwork Awards Finalist, MakeIt Social 2015, Aquent, Boston 2015 IES Illumination Awards, Section Award in Commendable Achievement in Lighting Design, 555 and 575 Market Street Building Lobbies, San Francisco 2014 IIDA Northern California, Honor Awards, WOW! Best of Show, Tolleson, San Fancisco