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 Building Renovation: The Strand American Conservatory Theater

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Location: San Francisco, CA

The Strand renovation provides a highly visible experimental performance space for the American Conservatory Theater within a formerly abandoned hundred-year-old movie theater on San Francisco’s Market Street. The space houses an intimate 285-seat proscenium theater, a public lobby and cafe, educational facilities, and a 120-seat black box theater and rehearsal space.

Care was taken to sensitively retrofit the shell of the former 725-seat cinema: The facade and structural supports were restored and essential modern theater elements were layered over the raw backdrop of the original building. Playing off of the building’s cinematic roots, the centerpiece of the lobby is a suspended two-story, 504-square-foot translucent LED scrim—the first permanent indoor usage of this technology.

Development and Project Manager, Financing Consultant
Equity Community Builders

General Contractor
Plant Construction Company

LED Panel
Winvision

Concrete Specialist
Bay Area Concrete

Historical Architects
Page & Turnbull

(Courtesy Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios)

PLICO at the Flatiron. (Courtesy Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios)

Honorable Mention, Building Renovation: PLICO at the Flatiron

Architect: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, OK

(Courtesy Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios)

PLICO at the Flatiron. (Courtesy Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios)

This project includes the renovation of a two-level 1924 flatiron building and the construction of a modern, yet complementary rooftop addition that relates in shape, scale, color, and detailing while differentiating itself through materials and setbacks.

Temple Israel of Hollywood. (Courtesy Eric Staudenmaier Photography)

Temple Israel of Hollywood. (Courtesy Eric Staudenmaier Photography)

Honorable Mention, Building Renovation: Temple Israel of Hollywood

Architect: Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Temple Israel of Hollywood. (Courtesy Eric Staudenmaier Photography)

Temple Israel of Hollywood. (Courtesy Eric Staudenmaier Photography)

The light-filled design for this progressive reform congregation was inspired by a fringed Tallit (prayer shawl), while the ark is placed within a sedimentary wall that includes rocks gathered from Israel by its congregants.

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