The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s inaugural 2013 Best of Design Awards featured six categories. Since then, it’s grown to 26 exciting categoriesAs in years past, jury members (Erik Verboon, Claire Weisz, Karen Stonely, Christopher Leong, Adrianne Weremchuk, and AN’s Matt Shaw) were picked for their expertise and high regard in the design community. They based their judgments on evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, strength of presentation, and, most importantly, great design. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and eagerness to submit their work to the Best of Design Awards. We are already looking forward to growing next year’s coverage for you.

2016 Best of Design Award in Facade: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University

Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler
Location: New York, NY

This state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building at Columbia University embraces how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. The facility rethinks the conventional stacked floor plate typology of high-rise buildings by complementing traditional classroom and laboratory spaces at the north side of the building with a network of social and collaborative study alcoves that connect via a cascading open staircase on its south side. By combining this with a range of sustainable features, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler have created a forward-looking training ground for future healthcare practitioners.

Facade Consultant
BuroHappold

Structural Engineer
Leslie E. Roberston Associates

Curtain Wall Fabricator/Installer
Josef Gartner, Permasteelisa Group

Glass
BGT Bischoff Glastechnik AG

Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC)
David Kucera, Inc.

371 Broadway. (Courtesy Frank Oudeman)

371 Broadway. (Courtesy Frank Oudeman)

Honorable Mention, Facade: 371 Broadway

Architect: ODA New York
Location: New York, NY

371 Broadway. (Courtesy Pavel Bendov)

371 Broadway. (Courtesy Pavel Bendov)

To balance this building’s modern appeal with the old world aesthetics of its environment, ODA New York reinterpreted Tribeca’s cast-iron typology with curving, basket-weave brick that expresses a similar scale to that of its pre-war neighbors.

USTA Grandstand Stadium. (Courtesy Rafael Gamo)

USTA Grandstand Stadium. (Courtesy Rafael Gamo)

Honorable Mention, Facade: USTA Grandstand Stadium

Architect: Rossetti
Location: Queens, NY

USTA Grandstand Stadium. (Courtesy Rafael Gamo)

USTA Grandstand Stadium. (Courtesy Rafael Gamo)

The stadium facade is composed of 486 individual Teflon-coated fiberglass membranes that vary in opacity and translucence, offering glimpses in and out of the stadium as if through foliage.

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