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Monday, January 21, 2013

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A farm facility featuring a bamboo skin, a church renovation with platinum leaf elements, and a marble facade restoration were among 28 stellar examples of architecture and design recently honored by the nation's leading architects.

New York Public Library
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

The $50 million restoration project at the New York City Public Library, one of the largest marble buildings in the U.S., included cleaning and repairing numerous architectural elements.

From South Carolina to China, recipients of the 2013 American Institute of Architects' Honor Awards were selected from more than 700 total submissions, said AIA, which bills the awards program as the profession's highest recognition.

The project teams will be honored at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, slated for June 20-22, in Denver, CO.

Below are AIA's brief project descriptions. More details and images are available by clicking on the name of the project/firm.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

The New York Public Library (New York, NY)
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.


The New York Public Library, which opened in 1911, is considered one of the most important works of the architecture firm Carrère and Hastings. The design team investigated, recommended treatments, and oversaw a $50 million restoration of the library’s exterior in preparation for its centennial celebration in 2011.

The project addressed deteriorated marble facades, fine art sculptures, monumental bronze doors and windows, Monel roofs, and the surrounding approaches or plazas. Repairs included cleaning (with soap and water), repointing (using hydraulic lime mortar), and various protective treatments. More than 2,000 carved in-situ marble dutchman patch repairs were executed.

Art Stable (Seattle, WA)
Olson Kundig Architects


Art Stable is a seven-story, mixed-use, urban infill project in Seattle. Built on the site of a former stable, the simple, low-to-no-maintenance design draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood.

Art Stable
©Benjamin Benschneider

Both front and rear elevations of the building are active: 8-by-7-foot doors—steel clad on the rear façade and glazed on the front façade—are strung on 40-foot-tall hinges that open by means of custom-designed hand wheels. Geothermal loops integrated into the building’s structural piles and natural ventilation result in efficient heating and cooling.

The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects


Conceived as "a gallery in a garden and a garden in a gallery," the new museum replicates the galleries in the old Paul Cret-designed facility but provides visitors with a light-filled, contemplative space.

The legendary Barnes art collection is presented in a 12,000-square-foot gallery that replicates the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original spaces. To emphasize the founder’s commitment to education and the visual interplay between art and nature, the galleries now include a classroom on each floor, an internal garden, and vastly improved lighting conditions.

Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park (Beacon, NY)
Architecture Research Office (ARO)


The project for the Scenic Hudson Land Trust is a boat pavilion in a new park on the Hudson River. One of two new structures created for Long Dock Park, the Pavilion is a threshold to the Hudson River.

ARO Pavillion
©James Ewin Photography

The roof is a plane of corrugated steel that parallels a wide cumaru wood deck where boats launch. Secure storage for up to 64 kayaks or canoes, a changing room, and storage area are enclosed by aluminum bar grating panels.

Centra Metropark (Iselin, NJ)
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)


Developed by The Hampshire Companies, Centra reimagines an obsolete structure into a state-of-the-art office experience. By strategically grafting a 10,000-square-foot addition to the top floor, the presence of the project not only doubles, but offers an urban room conspicuously absent within the local "sub" urban context.

The high-performance enclosure, the expressive structural asymmetrical tree-column and truss supporting the fourth-floor extension, and the garden light wells all work to integrate the natural environment with new urban civic spaces.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College (Clemson, SC)
Thomas Phifer and Partners


The addition to the Lee Hall College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University is an ultra-energy-efficient building. The 55,000-square-foot addition was conceived to accommodate the expanding needs of the college.

Clemson Lee Hall
©Scott Frances

To cultivate a sense of community within the addition, program elements are intermingled to generate an environment for “cross pollination” between disciplines through adjacency. Proximity and transparency are supported with carefully detailed glazing between interior program elements.

Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility (Goshen, KY)
De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop


The project consolidates dispersed operations facilities for a 2,000-acre farm into a single centralized complex. Rooted in the simplicity of regional farm structures and local building traditions, the project challenges accepted design constraints for conventional kit-of-parts utility structures and explores possibilities for passive sustainable strategies.

Mason Lane
©De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

A particular focus on material application, detailing and sourcing includes the use of locally grown bamboo to weave a porous, impact-resilient building skin, and cross-grain cut recycled paper pulp panels as acoustical interior wall surfaces.

Cornell University, Milstein Hall (Ithaca, NY)
OMA


Milstein Hall is the first new building in more than 100 years for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University.

Cornell
©Phillip Ruault

Rather than creating a new free-standing building, Milstein Hall is an addition to the AAP buildingsm creating a unified complex with continuous levels of indoor and outdoor interconnected spaces. Enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass and a green roof with 41 skylights, this “upper plate” cantilevers almost 50 feet over University Avenue to establish a relationship with the Foundry, a third AAP facility.

Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges (New Haven, CT)
KieranTimberlake


Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, the Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges are part of Yale’s system of residential colleges. Located on an irregular site at the western edge of the campus, the two colleges feature an organic geometry and are bifurcated by an elevated walk.

The renovation focused on the transformation of the student housing mix from single rooms into suites, the provision of 25,000 square feet of student activity space below grade, and the transformation of outdoor hardscapes into a sustainable landscape.

Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church (Springdale, AR)
Marlon Blackwell Architect


The project is the result of a transformation of an existing metal shop building into a sanctuary and fellowship hall in anticipation of a larger adjacent sanctuary on the same site. The simple original structure is enveloped by a new skin, obscuring and refining the original gabled form.

Although a small structure, its bold form makes it visible and recognizable from the interstate that passes nearby.

Vancouver Convention Centre West (Vancouver, Canada)
LMN Architects + MCM/DA


The new Vancouver Convention Centre West integrates the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America.

Certified LEED Canada Platinum, the project weaves together architecture, interior architecture, and urban design in a unified whole that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbor. Urban spaces formed by the building’s landforms blend with the landscape and marine ecosystems, transportation modes, retail activity, and civic gatherings.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Abbey Church Pavilion (Collegeville, MN)
VJAA


The original Abbey Church complex by Marcel Breuer (1961) was modified to include a new Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a two-level lobby addition (9,200 square feet), and renovation of existing Chapter House.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel
©Paul Crosby

The chapel space is focused on a modern re-interpretation of the 14th-century reredos wall (an ornamental panel) that holds the tabernacle. Designed to shield the view of an existing window, the wall diffuses natural light into the space.

Platinum leaf is used on the ceiling to distribute light and echo Breuer’s discreet use of precious materials in the Abbey Church. A new staircase uses lattice-like steel railings to bring light to the lower level of the addition.

BNIM Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
BNIM


Located in a former bank lobby on the southeast corner of an active street intersection, the space includes full-height glazing to the north and west, building lobby to the south, and a new demising wall to the east.

The space is organized around a central wall lined with cork panels and designed for critiques, display, and spontaneous collaboration.

Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room and World Headquarters (Walla Walla, WA)
Olson Kundig Architects


Inspired by the client’s rock-and-roll style, the space is capable of transforming from office and retail to dining and entertainment.

Fit within a former auto shop (built in 1917), the design highlights the patina and aesthetics of its former life, featuring a large shape-shifting element dubbed the "Armadillo." Prefabrication of substantial components including the Armadillo and mobile furniture such as seating, tables and stages contribute to the fluidity of the space.

Chicago Apartment (Chicago, IL)
VJAA


The new 5,500-square-foot apartment is located in a new high-rise in the Midwest. The main social spaces are lined by warm wood surfaces conceptually set within larger, brightly lit and open areas. Rather than walls, sheer lines of material divisions define rooms and separate the living spaces.

Chicago apartment
©Paul Crosby Studio

Digitally designed and fabricated reflective aluminum plate screens create a layered effect while moving natural daylight into the center of the plan.

Doc Magic (Torrance, CA)
RA-DA


Designed for a technology company that deals in highly sensitive online information, the interior reflects this virtual presence. 

Doc Magic
©Ralf Strathmann

The project features a unique play of light and careful sculpting of passageways coupled with open work areas.

Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquarters (Baton Rouge, LA)
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


The adaptive re-use of a 1970s-era data center transforms what most considered a "throw away" building into an unexpected and exciting corporate headquarters for a billboard advertising company.

To counteract the expansive, largely windowless floor plate of the existing building, the design removes a portion of the structure to create an outdoor court—or garden room—that brings a captured landscape and daylight into the middle of the office environment.

Elsewhere in the building, additional structure was removed to connect the multiple floors into one communicating whole, promoting employee interaction and reinforcing the culture of the company as a single creative
community.

McAllen Main Library (McAllen, TX)
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd. (MS&R)


In need of a new library and understanding that the greenest building is one that already exists, the city of McAllen, TX, decided to convert an abandoned Walmart store into its new main library.

McAllen Main Library
©Swimmer

The primary design challenge was to create a functional, flexible library of 125,000 square feet on a single level. To meet this challenge, forms, materials, patterns, and colors create elements that organize the space, provide landmarks for visitors, and modulate the scale of spaces within the largest single-story library in the U.S.

University of Washington, PACCAR Hall (Seattle, WA)
LMN Architects


The interior design responds to the Foster School of Business's emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships.

The four-story central atrium works as a collector of community activity and social heart of the school, spilling into a vibrant daylit cafe. Common areas throughout the school are organized as a series of interconnected spaces that function in many combinations.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity (Kansas City, MO)
BNIM


Relocating the Kansas City Ballet (KCB) involved preservation and adaptive reuse of the 52,000-square-foot historic Power House at Kansas City’s Union Station, a former coal-burning plant completed in 1914.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the building sat abandoned from the 1970s until 2006. The project team had the daunting task of turning generator rooms into dance studios, coal bunkers into dressing rooms, and fire pits into usable space, all while adhering to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

Burnham Place at Union Station Master Plan (Washington, D.C.)
Shalom Baranes Associates, PC HOK


Placing three million square feet of new mixed-use construction above the active rail yard behind Washington, DC’s historic Union Station, Burnham Place stands as a model of innovative and sustainable urban development.

Connected to Daniel Burnham’s landmark structure and vertically integrated with a proposed multi-level station expansion, the master plan incorporates a street grid, public plazas, train hall and linear greenway to create a vibrant new neighborhood.

Burnham Place mends the urban fabric of the city while maximizing its relationship with an intensely multi-modal transportation hub.

Coal Harbour Convention District (Vancouver, Canada)
LMN Architects + MCM/DA


The civic district connects Vancouver’s expanded convention center with the public realm, acting as the city’s “front porch to the world.” The urban design integrates many layers of built and natural components—landscape and marine ecosystems, transportation modes, retail activity, and civic gathering spaces—into a holistic, ecologically productive whole.

Coal Harbor
©LMN Architects

The excitement of major civic events mixes with the daily life of the city, while architectural landforms and living systems link with the harbor ecology to create a regenerative ecotone of the region.

The Great Lakes Century (Great Lakes Region, US)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill


The Great Lakes Century is a pro-bono initiative of SOM’s City Design Practice to promote a comprehensive 100-year vision for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. It establishes common measures for cities, industry and agriculture across the bi-national watershed, with ongoing research to uncover opportunities for the region.

Since 2009, the team has engaged scientists, politicians, environmentalists, businesses, and public policy advocates from more than 35 organizations. The vision has been unanimously approved by the 73 mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative as a guiding framework.

Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan (Jiaxing, China)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


Nanhu Country Village, in Nanhu District, addresses agricultural goals and environmental problems through the introduction of modern farming technologies and sustainable design practices. The design coalesces the agrarian setting with urban amenities to create a compact village while maximizing local farming production.

Of the 1,100-hectare site, more than 700 remain working farms. Within an intricate canal network, the traditional regional character is reinterpreted to create a village integrated with environment while treatment wetlands improve water quality.

National September 11 Memorial (New York, NY)
Handel Architects


The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York is a verdant and vibrant urban plaza that marks the site of the former Twin Towers with emptiness. A pair of voids—deeply recessed reflecting pools—are ringed by waterfalls and bronze panels etched with the names of the deceased.

National September 11 Memorial
©Joe Woolhead

The Memorial Plaza creates a clearing in the dense urban fabric of Lower Manhattan and stitches the site back, physically and emotionally, into the life of the city.

Parkmerced Vision Plan (San Francisco)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


The Parkmerced Vision Plan is a pioneering neighborhood revitalization program that holistically integrates best principles of environmental sustainability and neighborhood livability.

The project will create a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use neighborhood that radically reduces automobile dependency; provides much improved connectivity to transit; creates larger, more usable open spaces; and relies upon rapidly evolving green technologies in infrastructure to reduce energy and water usage.

Rock Street Pocket Housing (Little Rock, AR)
University of Arkansas Community Design Center


RSPH is an affordable housing project that serves as a catalyst for redevelopment of Little Rock’s struggling Pettaway neighborhood. Once a vibrant 20th-century streetcar neighborhood, Pettaway has since taken a turn for the worse.

Rock Street
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

By clustering four to 16 homes around shared outdoor commons and infrastructure, pocket housing is ideal for leveraging quality in an affordable housing setting.

Superkilen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group


Almost a mile long, this urban park is positioned through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark. The project possesses all that typically makes up a modern park with trails for pedestrians and cyclists, outdoor recreation spaces, a market space and games areas.

Superkilen is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park. It is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice—a collection of global objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants.

   

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