3 projects honored for excellence in interior design

A wine shop, public library, & fire station – all honored with an International Interior Design Association Award.


Square Wine Company

Transformed from a vacant corporate bank into a comfortable, welcoming retail environment, Square Wine Company received an Award of Excellence from IIDA Wisconsin.

The project reused and reimagined much of the existing elements from the previous tenant for economy and sustainability. White ceiling tiles were painted black, and the existing wood grid above the bar was refinished and used to anchor lights.  Porcelain tile was removed and the concrete sub floor refinished. Butcher block countertops were created from scraps at a millworker’s shop. The finish palette is intended to blend modern, industrial, and sophisticated materials. Its approachable feel is aligned with the tenant’s growth from a startup company to an established brand on the Capitol Square.








Pinney Library

One of the busiest of the Madison Public Library’s satellite locations, Pinney Library received an Award of Excellence from IIDA Wisconsin.

The new Pinney Library, which  replaces the existing branch location, serves multiple neighborhoods and diverse patrons. Located on the main level of a new multi-use development building, the new 20,500 square-foot space is nearly double its former size and includes a flexible 250-person program room, expanded adult, young adult, and children’s collections, updated technology, a patio for events and programming, quiet reading and study areas, and a drive-through book drop location.

The inclusive design uses natural materials, bright colors, and light to foster literacy through play and connect with the cultures represented by Pinney’s diverse neighbors. Color is used to define collection areas, tie exterior to interior, and reinforce the library’s inclusive, playful spirit. Within the children’s area, a PlayLab, offers a flexible space for children to create their own story and environment, incorporating elements of the educational philosophy AnjiPlay.





Marion Fire Station Headquarters

A new fire station headquarters in one of the most rapid growing communities in the area, Marion Fire Station received an Honorable Mention Award from IIDA Great Plains.

The two-level, 21,000-square-foot station was designed to incorporate nature, using biophilic design principles to support firefighters physical and mental health. The carpet has motifs found in nature such as leaves, stones, and water. An oversized wood table, handcrafted by a firefighter, allows for team meals. The living area furniture fosters team building through social collaboration and offers space for personal reflection.

Full-height glass doors on both the north and south elevation maximize daylight and establish a connection to the community. Second-floor living areas, wrapped in full-height glazing with exposed wood ceilings, include a full kitchen, a large family-style table, and a TV and gaming area.  Circadian lighting is used throughout to ensure the firefighters wake-sleep cycle is synchronized with natural light.  These interior spaces are complimented by two ipe wood terraces sheltered by a roof and wall trellis. A green roof surrounds all the living spaces and sleeping rooms.