Raleigh, North Carolina (PressExposure) July 20, 2009 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts: Cindy Stranad 919.232.5008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Parker, AIA 919.833-0250 email@example.com
Vernacular Studio (www.vstudio3.com), a Raleigh-based architecture and interiors firm, has received an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects, Virginia Chapter and Inform magazine for its interior design of 101 Lounge + CafÃ© (www.101raleigh.com) in downtown Raleigh. The awards recognize design excellence in the mid-Atlantic region, and are judged by an independent group of Florida-based architects.
"It is an honor to receive recognition from industry peers for our work on 101 Lounge + CafÃ©," says Chad Parker, AIA and principal of Vernacular Studio. "This distinction is a testament to the complete commitment to design excellence of the entire Vernacular Studio team."
The 101 Lounge and CafÃ©'s design (http://www.vstudio3.com/architecture/hospitality/101-lounge-cafe) stems from the simple fact that it opens early in the day to cater to breakfast clientele and stays open into the night to provide a comfortable lounge atmosphere. The concept of day and night is reflected within the space by use of contrasting materials and light, creating interaction between the first and second levels.
"The owners of 101 Lounge + CafÃ© allowed us the freedom to explore architectural opportunities that reflect the unique lounge and cafÃ© concept of 101," adds Parker. "When a client puts a blind trust in you and gives you a blank canvas, it invariably raises the bar and creates a sense of partnership between the architect and client."
The honor complements Vernacular Studio's 2008 Merit Award received from the Triangle chapter of the American Institute of Architects for work on the same location. A complete listing of Inform award winners is available at [http://www.virginiaarchitecture.org/inform_awards.html].