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The Biophilic Portal: Wellness Inspires Winning Pod Design

May 8, 2023
The winner of SnapCab's second annual “Space to Be You” pod design contest infuses biophilic and acoustic elements to create a refuge within busy commercial interiors.

It should come as no surprise that there is a movement to redefine and promote wellness across the landscape of the built environment—from our cities, schools, workplaces, homes and just about every space between. It’s fitting then that the winner of this year’s second annual “Space to Be You” pod design contest, produced by SnapCab and i+s, goes to an entry aptly named “The Biophilic Portal.” In this episode, contest winner Shiri Shubbar, an interior designer at Alphatec DC, talks to us about her winning design which was selected from an impressive number of entries from our readers who were invited to customize their dream pod on the SnapCab website and submit it along with a brief conceptual write-up about their designs. Listen in as she talks about how her concept came to life.

Meet Our Guest

Shiri Shubbar, interior designer, ALPHATEC PC

Shiri Shubbar, NCIDQ is a licensed interior designer and architectural designer on a path to NCARB in Washington D.C, and a part of the ALPHATEC PC team. She has extensive experience working on large-scale projects for the federal government ranging from the historic National Gallary of Art Museum to the new-construction Fire and EMS Department fleet facility. Her background includes Architectural Engineering from Baghdad and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. Shiri focuses on wellness in design & inclusivity as means to improve perceivable occupants experience, especially in contemporary work environment. She is passionate about expanding the limits of what wellness means through a holistic approach of space and furniture design.

About the Author

Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.

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