Harrington's Trump Tower Penthouse Competition

December 7, 2011 Awards & Competitions, General, Interior Design 0 Comments

Trump Hotel ChicagoThe interior design Competition Studio at Harrington College of Design began this year with a challenging problem of large interior proportions: how to design a 14,000-square-foot residential penthouse for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

The competition quickly created a buzz in the corridors of the school as teams of students and individual competitors tackled the problem and submitted their designs on Nov. 28.

Since 2002, the Harrington Studio - under the direction of interior design instructor Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ - has tackled real problems throughout the Chicago area that range from band headquarters at the Metro to housing developments to this year’s Trump penthouse competition.

This year's sponsor for the competition award-winning designer John Robert Wiltgen, a 30-year veteran of the design industry who currently practices in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Wiltgen leads a highly acclaimed design team that has created extraordinary homes for clients in locales ranging from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to LA’s fashionable Wilshire Drive as well as Acapulco, Toronto, the south of France and Africa’s Ivory Coast.

Wiltgen embraced the idea of offering the Trump penthouse project to Harrington College’s Competition Studio because it is an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in an absolutely surreal space. While the level of living in the Trump penthouse space is beyond the realm of many, it is for some a very real world. This project created an opportunity for design students to see and work in that other world. He also chose to sponsor this year’s competition class because he is a staunch advocate of education and believes that exposure to this type of experience is critical for those interested and involved in interior design.

Also involved in the student competition is Sara Martens, executive director of the Trump organization, who will be serving as the client. Together, she and Wiltgen visited the site and the classroom to provide students the reality necessary for the project.

This is the second project Wiltgen has offered Harrington’s Competition Studio, having previously presented an opportunity to design a penthouse at Emerald, a West Loop condominium where a green lifestyle is encouraged.

Winners of the competition will be announced soon, on December 13 at the Trump Tower, followed by the cash prizes being awarded and interviews and publication opportunities for all of those involved.

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