Mellon Square aerial view, showing terrazzo design, shadow play of surrounding buildings, fountains, gardens, and why the park is considered the “Emerald Jewel” of downtown Pittsburgh. (Courtesy Ed Massery for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy)
A night view of the Golden State Mutual Insurance Building. (Courtesy Paul Turang)
Exterior, rear of the Frederick and Harriet Rauh Residence after restoration. (Courtesy Cincinnati Preservation Association)
Cover of the book Michigan Modern. (Courtesy James Haefner).
The iconic rear view of the Margaret Esherick House faces Pastorius Park and features a composition of glass and operable wood shutters. Conservation and restoration efforts maintained the purity of Kahn’s architecture. (Courtesy Jeffrey Totaro)
The Met Breur with restored façade lighting, new fabric banners with The Met Breuer logo mounted on the existing bronze flag poles. Also shown to the right of the entry canopy is the original concrete vitrine for information signage. (Courtesy Peter Aaron)
In 2015, the design team reintroduced W. A. Sarmiento’s vision of the shade screens on the South Rotunda, which now provides relief for the staff from the harsh afternoon sun. (Courtesy Nic Lehoux)
Shipley’s Do-Nuts, 3410 Ella Boulevard, c.1965. (Photo by Rocio Carlon and Houston: Uncommon Modern exhibition catalog design by Jeffrey Lia)
Secretariat West Elevation before renovation (left); after renovation (right) with new high performance curtain wall and glass to match the transparency of the original single glazing. (Courtesy Heintges & Associates (left); Woodruff / Brown Architectural Photography (right))
A view of Tower of Hope and Neutra Campus, Christ Cathedral. Tower of Hope is at far north end of quadrangle; classrooms left (west); Arboretum (the original sanctuary, right, east.). (Courtesy Christian Costea Photography, Inc)
The awards aim to emphasize the ever-growing awareness of the value of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design born from the Modernist Movement. The winning designs are all modernist projects that have been restored or revitalized in some way.
The Design Award of Excellence was awarded to: Mellon Square (Pittsburgh, PA), Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building (Los Angeles, CA), Frederick and Harriet Rauh Residence (Cincinnati, OH), and Michigan Modern (Michigan).
Mellon Square, a postwar urban plaza, first opened in Pittsburgh in 1955 and marked a point in the city’s modern development. Heritage Landscapes LLC, the project team lead, worked to recapture the original design intent of architects Simonds & Simonds and Mitchell & Ritchey.
The Citation of Merit was awarded to: The Margaret Esherick House (Philadelphia, PA), The Met Breuer (New York, NY), The Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office (Phoenix, AZ), and Houston: Uncommon Modern (Houston, TX).
The Margaret Esherick House was updated with the utmost respect to Louis Kahn’s original work. The conservation allowed the installation of contemporary components in the house’s kitchen and adaption of “the spirit of the character-giving shutters” to function more sustainably in the 1961 residence.
The Citation of Technical Achievement was awarded to: The United Nations Campus Renovation of Facades (New York, NY) and Tower of Hope, Christ Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA).
The award ceremony will be on the night of Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Design Within Reach Studio in New York City.
Hannah is an intern for AN, currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, concentrating in Architecture/Design, Technical Communications, and Social Sciences/Humanities.