Two IIDA Awards to Vancouver Based Firm Print
Friday, 12 March 2010 05:17


North Vancouver firm mcfarlane green biggar architecture + design (mgb) has been honoured with two of this year’s six International Interior Design Association awards. Out of nearly 300 projects nominated from around the world, the design for the Rennie Gallery + Offices at Wing Sang, and the inventive interiors for Lynn Steven boutique were both chosen as winning entries for the 37th Annual Interior Design Competition.

mgb is known for their less-is-more approach to architecture and interiors, and the firm often uses reclaimed or repurposed materials and buildings in their work. It was this philosophy that caught the IIDA judges’ eyes when reviewing the interiors for Lynn Steven, a new boutique in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood.
The modest project utilizes existing heritage interiors as inspiration. The addition of an eye-catching “book column” made from 5,600 recycled pocket novels with pages faced outwards mimics the brick wall interior and draws many a passerby into the shop.

In contrast to the modest scale of the Lynn Steven project are the interiors for the Rennie Gallery + Offices at Wing Sang in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. A multi-million dollar project, the design entailed the fusion of two separate buildings to create a gallery space to house the over 1,000 works in the Rennie private collection.
rennie_02rennie_03“We are very honoured by winning two awards and we’re pleased that our peers have recognized the diversity of scales and types of projects that our firm is known for,” says mgb architectect and principal Michael Green.

Nominees were judged for suitability of design to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior finishes and furnishings. This year’s IIDA winners also include UNStudio, Clive Wilkinson Architects, STUDIOS Architecture, and NBBJ.

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mcfarlane green biggar ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN INC (mgb) is a multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The firm has completed residential, public, academic, commercial, and transportation projects ranging from private homes to retail and restaurant designs and large-scale, multi-million dollar condominium, public institution and transportation projects. mgb believes that enduring architecture is the only architecture and that architects have a duty to be mature about their ideas, reflective in their approach, and responsible to the complexities of a changing world. For more information visit

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