Contract - January 2009 - (Page 62)

interiors awards healthcare By Amy Milshtein Photography by Hester & Hardaway Photography Northshore Dental at Evanston Court location: Houston designer: Enter Architecture project/ client: Talk about taking your work home with you: Karen Lantz, AIA, principal of Enter Architecture, and Andrew Farkas, DDS, and owner of Northshore Dental at Evanston Court in Houston, are more than just architect and client. They are wife and husband, embarking together on a journey some would say is more arduous than marriage. They bought a building for Farkas’s dental practice, and Lantz designed it with winning results. Both parties agree that working together was easy and hard at the same time. “I was spared a lot of headaches because Karen took care of almost everything,” says Farkas. “We’ve know each other a long time, and she knows my tastes.” But Lantz took nothing for granted and still had to talk her client into certain things. She also found a novel way to preserve the bottom line; Lantz only wanted to be the architect but ended up taking on the entire job herself. “I’ve never worked as a contractor and builder before, but when we bid out the project I realized we could save a lot of money if we did this ourselves,” she admits. The couple poured the money they saved into high-end, longlasting materials. The result is a dentist office that shines with the clean lines and sophistication of a modern art gallery. Terrazzo floors cover the entire space. Originally deemed too expensive, Lantz saved money by having it poured on the foundation prior to the installation of the walls. The entry space exudes the sophistication of a hotel lobby, with a 62 contract january 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January 2009

Contract - January 2009
Urban Elegance
Beyond Fad
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
The 30th Annual Interiors Awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Environmental Design
Designers Rate: Furniture Systems
Leader, Not a Follower
Deconstructing Costs
Ad Index

Contract - January 2009