Two projects by Oklahoma City’s Elliott + Associates Architects earned plaudits from Interior Design magazine in its recent Best of Year competition.
Design work on Lingo Construction Services headquarters, 123 NW 8, was Best of Year in the Office: Restoration-Renovation category. Elliott’s work on Marfa Contemporary Gallery in Marfa, Texas, a satellite of Oklahoma Contemporary Gallery, was among the top four entries in the Institutional: Arts category.
The competition received 1,800 submissions from around the world, a record. Awards were presented in New York City, with winners chosen by Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen and the magazine staff.
“It was probably one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in New York,” said Christian Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank and president of Oklahoma Contemporary’s Board of Trustees. “Having Marfa Contemporary honored as a finalist in the ‘cultural’ category was so exciting. Many thanks to Rand (Elliott) for helping create such an exciting place in Marfa!”
The gallery in Marfa, a old ranching town with a well-established reputation in the international art world, allows Oklahoma Contemporary to expand operations farther into the Southwest.
Rand Elliott, principal of Elliott + Associates, said having a permanent presence in Marfa, will stimulate interest in Oklahoma Contemporary throughout the world. The gallery transformed a 1930s-era gas station in the heart of Marfa.
Lingo Construction Services is in Oklahoma City’s historic Automobile Alley District. The design transformed a 1930 masonry-and-steel building into a modern office space where transparent walls allow the construction process to be visible — Elliott’s concept called “X-Ray.”
“Through the design and construction of this particular project, we are able to display our ability to execute a place of art, craftsmanship and functionality,” said Stan Lingo, president of Lingo Construction Service. “This project is an example of not only the successful communication between owner and architect, but the victory of collaboration between architect, contractor and subcontractors.
“It is a joy to work in this environment and an honor to lead individuals through the space during their first visit.”