March 2023

46D — March 2023 — The Best of 2022 — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal The BEST INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE of 2022

Gacek Design Group Woodbine Apartments Downingtown, PA

DIGroup Architecture Clinton Hill Early Learning Childhood Center

Murray Associates Architects, P.C. The Miele Manufacturing HQ Muncy, PA

In order to create a stimulating and engaging environment that continually encourages rapid brain development and the potential of youngsters at an early age, the Center’s interior boasts a wide range of highly unique, intentionally designed interior elements. These include 16 classrooms (6 ground- level toddler rooms / 10 upper-level Pre-K rooms) organized in pairs for easy connectivity to shared spaces; office space; indoor play areas; a family resource center; and play-therapy suite. The building interior also is consciously connected to the exterior with carefully placed large, playfully designed windows serving as a visual gateway to the sky, courtyards and neighborhood, including an adjacent community garden. There also is a multi-purpose room and full-service kitchen to accommodate community functions on nights/weekends. Why Your Favorite/Most Unusual? Uniquely qualified to take on the challenge of creating functional, aesthetically pleasing early-childhood educational spaces, DIGroup delivered a high-performance, sustainable and all-encompassing early-learning and community-use facility. In addition to connecting classroom learning and development to the world at large, the project also delivered on a promise to a neighborhood 20 years in the making when lots were razed in anticipation of a new high school that never came to fruition.

Woodbine is a luxury apartment community consisting of 218 units, situated in three multifamily buildings. It’s amenity living with an unprecedented indoor/outdoor experience. Influenced by nature, the site borders a six-acre park and has a sizeable green space. This distinction influenced geometry, movement, and elements of nature. The design concept carried the outdoors inside with live green walls, waterfall graphics, agate photography, light woods, materials, earthy colors and reflected light. A calming organic, luxurious design with curving lines and textural patterns was designed. Classic furnishings, accents, and a color palette of green, gold, cream, and ebony complete the look. Why Your Favorite/Most Unusual? This particular job was our favorite example of how important the relationship is between our natural environment and inte - rior spaces. We took a chance on a zen, luxurious design style to ensure it resonated with the Millennial and Baby Boomer target markets; while also making sure that the design stood out in the marketplace as one of the best. Unprecedented and memorable with stunning architectural details tells a story and differentiates from the competition! That’s Woodbine!

Miele’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and operations head- quarters builds quality, contract gaming machines for nation - wide markets. Having a contemporary, fun, and collaborative environment was imperative for the company’s expansion. The dynamic facility has a museum for antique gaming machines, a gymnasium, and a gaming area for all employees to enjoy. Why Your Favorite/Most Unusual? This project is a great example of an Adaptive Reuse. A former Gander Mountain store, located on a remote pad site at a shopping mall, was transformed it into an energetic environment. The new facility is very sustainable as rooftop solar panels provide green energy and a high performance building envelope reduces the energy usage by 30%.

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