Sims Patrick Studio recently won the IIDA b.o.b (Best of the Best) Forum Design Award, taking home the Award of Merit in the Small Hospitality category for The Mews at Graylyn International Conference Center at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Each Year the IIDA Georgia Chapter hosts the b.o.b. Forum Design Awards. This award is the highest honor that IIDA Georgia can bestow in recognition of design excellence and promotion of creativity which strives to continuously to push boundaries and exceed expectations.
The Mews at Graylyn is set in the rolling country of North Carolina, and was originally the working farm buildings of Graylyn Manor. In the spirit of the Gray family's attention to the finer things in life, the Mews renovation is a combination of Old World charm and the modern amenities required by a conference center affiliated with a research university.
SPS endeavored to honor the history of the Mews buildings by creating a warm and rustically charming environment, while enhancing the guest experience, creating a sense of arrival, self-sufficiency for the cluster of buildings, and tying the buildings together to enhance the movement of guests through outdoor spaces at night. Taking cues from the stone and wood of the Norman influenced architecture, SPS was also charged with accentuating the magnificent curved stone structures, exposed beams, plaster work, and wrought iron, all while following LEED principles for efficiency and innovation.
Two of the project designers who worked on the project, Jenny Rutledge and Soleil Smith, attended the design forum award ceremony, hosted by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia Chapter. The event was a masquerade ball. Soleil said, "Graylyn was such a unique project, so to be recognized for it was very exciting for our firm."