2017 Best of Design Awards for Mixed Use: North Main

Architect: Bates Masi + Architects
Location: East Hampton, New York

This owner-occupied architecture office and law firm is built for longevity, enhancing the property’s value with durable materials, flexible infrastructure, and adaptable spatial organization. In accordance with vernacular building traditions, simple forms and naturally weather-resistant materials are employed. Copper shingles will last through the next century, showing the effects of weathering without succumbing to them. Similarly, the cedar-plank siding will endure despite patination, bolstered by an innovative fastening method of custom stainless steel clips. These clips grip the edges of each board instead of penetrating it with fasteners, the typical first point of failure. The interior walls follow the same system, and the boards can be easily removed and replaced, providing access to the skeleton of the house.

“There’s wonderful layers of temporality in this project, from the anticipated patination and wear of materials to certain details—like clips and hooks—that ensure the flexibility of the spaces.” —Irene Sunwoo, director of exhibitions, GSAPP (juror)

Structural, Civil Engineer:
S. L. Maresca & Associates Consulting Engineers

Metalwork:
Cedar Design

Woodwork:
Peragine Millwork

Windows and Doors:
Arcadia

Roof planters:
Green Roof Outfitters

 

Honorable Mention

Project: Brickell City Centre
Architect: Arquitectonica
Location: Miami

Brickell City Centre, Arquitectonica (Mike Kelley)

Brickell City Centre presents an outdoor retail environment without boundaries. The multiblock mixed-use development totals 5 million square feet, with a three-level mall, a hotel, two residential towers, and two office towers. The project focuses on connectivity and sustainable design best exemplified by the Climate Ribbon™—an elevated trellis that recycles energy and shelters visitors.

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