2016 Excellence in Architecture Design Awards

The AIANH Excellence in Architecture Awards Program was instituted in 1983 for the purpose of providing public and professional recognition for architectural projects of design excellence by New Hampshire architects. Each entry is judged on the following criteria: overall design excellence including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client's program. Read the results for Bottomline Technologies and Malloy Interiors, as well as the other spectacular vendors involved below. 

Merit Award

Bottomline Technologies Corporate Headquarters, Portsmouth, NH
Architect: TMS Architects, Portsmouth, NH
General Contractor: Tucker Associates, Rye, NH
Interior Design: Malloy Interiors, Portsmouth, NH

This extensive renovation for Bottomline Technologies’ Portsmouth, NH Corporate Headquarters was undertaken to accommodate their growing Marketing and Creative Design Team departments. The design goal for the 9,247 square foot renovation was to create open, modern and casual space that would work to foster a collaborative environment. The color palette used in Bottomline’s web-based marketing materials was used extensively in the interior of the space, and an abundance of glass was employed to bring natural light into the deepest parts of the office and create visual connections between departments. A majority of the office space is lit from the steel bar joists above the workstations using adjustable linear LED strips. This hides the light source from view while evoking the sense that the ceiling is bathed with natural light from an unknown source.

Jury Comments: “We all agreed that staff involvement must have had a catalytic effect on the architect. Every building system and piece of equipment enhances the work environment. Who wouldn’t be proud to work here? The space really seems to embody the ethos and brand of the company. Great attention to every detail and apparent strong collaboration resulted in a strong project.”