ASID Award of Excellence 2017 | FIRST PLACE Commercial – Institutional | Washington St Chapter
In 2016 our firm delightfully provided updating to Chi Omega Sorority.
The Chi Omega Sorority house located at the University of Washington in Seattle is approximately 27,000 square feet. It is actually two homes put together. One side is a Tudor home built in 1921, the other half of the home is a 1956 mid-century modern. Usually 100 young women reside here during the academic school year.
The sorority corporation board selected our firm to complete and update the formal living room salon and adjacent study areas. The formal living room is on the Tudor side and was last updated in 1994. The formal living room is adjacent to another larger informal living room in the mid-century modern portion of the house. We were challenged to create some synergies between the two rooms.
The style of the Salon was very formal and traditional and featured awkward seating for studying, socializing and formal events. The design goal challenged our firm to create a more youthful but formal space that works with the style of the home but also is a reflection of the residents/members who are college aged young women. So think light colors, contemporary lighting and furnishings that relate to the existing architecture.
Another request required an increased number of available seats and charging stations for today’s mobile devices so students can gather on projects and easily move from group to group.
In the updating of Chi Omega we refinished the hardwood floors adding wool area rugs to anchor the seating areas. A neutral paint similar to the color in the adjacent mid-century space unified the two areas while brightening the Salon. Large contemporary chandeliers added sparkle and improved lighting in all areas plus LED lamps for energy savings.
Clean lined wing chairs on the walls and swivel chairs and sofas in the center of the room allow circulation. Nine small seat ottomans are movable to combine with larger leather ottomans around the seating. Six poufs are stored under the console tables for a tidy appearance.Two round tables with four chairs each anchor the end of the room as work areas for study.
A separate study room is nearby for another six seats with a wool area rug below. Using performance fabrics on all furnishings allowed lighter colors to support a fresh, clean design and the updated look that the sorority requested.
Lots of accent pillows repeat the color scheme and can readily be moved from the Salon furnishings to the seating in the adjacent mid-century so flow is created from area to area.
A new contemporary painting above the fireplace mantel refreshes the room while existing mirrors and memorabilia maintain the history of the sorority.