PALO ALTO, CA — Houzz Inc., the Palo Alto, CA-based online platform for home renovation and design, has announced the Houzz community’s picks for “Best Of Houzz 2021,” a homeowner guide to leading kitchen and bath remodelers, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential design and remodeling professionals on the Houzz platform.
“The ‘Best Of Houzz’ awards are an emblem of trust and credibility for home professionals across the U.S. and around the world, and we’re excited to celebrate this year’s winners,” said Liza Hausman, v.p./industry marketing for Houzz. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our critical need as homeowners to feel comfortable before inviting pros into and around our homes, and the ‘Best Of Houzz’ badge is a powerful way to communicate the trust that homeowners have in a pro’s business.”
“Best Of Houzz” is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a professional’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews for projects completed in 2020. Photography badges are awarded to architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular.
A “Best Of Houzz 2021” badge, specifying the category won, appears on winners’ profiles, Houzz said, adding that the award recognizes some 3% of the more than 2.5 million active home professionals and interior and architectural photographers on the Houzz platform.
Kuche+Cucina is the only Kitchen Design Firm we were able to find, that was awarded both Best of Houzz Design and Best of Houzz Service, for 7 years straight!
AD PRO gets a first look at the interiors of 130 William Street in Lower Manhattan, architect David Adjaye’s first residential tower in the city
Details matter to Sir David Adjaye. This is particularly apparent in his first residential tower in New York. With its dark gray vesicular concrete facade (meant to appear like lava stone, says the AD100 architect) and soaring structural arches, 130 William melds historical references and contemporary materials to create a future standout on the New York skyline. Though the building is not set for completion until 2020, AD PRO got a first look at the interiors, via a mockup unit in the 66-story tower’s downtown sales gallery, where contrasting textures and rich materials rule.
With such a strong façade design on the exterior, “I didn’t want the architecture to disappear when you stepped inside,” explains Adjaye, whose firm is collaborating on the project with Hill West Architects. “I wanted to bring the motif in, to create a miniature of what the architecture is doing on the inside, almost a tempietto of itself with benches and material surfaces.” In the lobby, slick marbles play against earthy wood in a thick, cantilevered desk while slatted walls form the backdrop to velvet-covered furniture by the architect. Kitchen islands repeat the cantilevered slab in Pietra Cardosa and Nero Marquina marbles and create dialogue with built-in wood bookcases in the open-plan living room. The bathrooms switch up stone texture: Adjaye digitally designed a rippled surface on the walls, a delight to the touch that confirms 130 William is “very much a 21st-century building,” he says.
However, much like its historic 18th- and 19th-century surroundings, 130 William is a building that that celebrates the mass of its materials. Even in the custom burnished-bronze hardware and fittings, large cylindrical door handles, and thick pipe-like faucets in the 244 residences and 20,000 square feet of amenities, a strong design presence was essential. (Expect to see these lines eventually available for retail). Adjaye takes pleasure in the building’s seeming contrasts. “I’m very excited that [130 William] brings diversity to this neighborhood,” he says, “A diversity of imagery, forms, and tonality.”