Posts tagged with "Best Of Design Awards":

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The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building Renovation — Commercial

  2019 Best of Design Award for Building Renovation — Commercial: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice Designer: Gensler Location: New York City When Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates completed the Ford Foundation building in 1968, critics hailed it as an architectural icon. A private, not-for-profit organization established in 1936, the Ford Foundation partnered with Gensler for a mission-driven redesign of its Manhattan headquarters that opened in 2018. The holistic renovation transforms the foundation’s workplace and public spaces in a manifestation of its mission: to promote the inherent dignity of all people. Completed over two years, the project highlighted the building’s original character while bringing it into alignment with New York City safety code and Landmarks Preservation Commission requirements, and bringing it beyond ADA code in order to increase accessibility throughout the building. Owner’s Representative: Levien & Company MEP Engineer: Jaros Baum & Bolles Landscape Design: Raymond Jungles in collaboration with SiteWorks Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone Construction Manager: Henegan Construction Honorable Mentions Project Name: Avling Brewery & Kitchen Designer: LAMAS Project Name: Apple Fifth Avenue Designer: Foster + Partners Editors' Picks Project Name: 645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower Designer: MdeAS Architects Project Name: Intelligentsia Designer: Bestor Architecture
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Lighting — Outdoor

2019 Best of Design Award winner for Lighting — Outdoor: Lightweave Lighting Designer: FUTUREFORMS Location: Washington, D.C. Lightweave is located north of Union Station in Washington, D.C., in a neglected underpass for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles beneath the tracks of one of the busiest railway stations in the United States. The project stitches two neighborhoods together with light. A woven structure of steel and luminaires creates a serpentine chandelier hovering above the sidewalk. The artwork moves people through the otherwise dark underpass and creates an illuminated, dynamic, ever-changing path for them to traverse. Its illumination responds to the vibration of the train tracks above, giving residents and commuters a sense of the cadence of the infrastructure and a reading into the ebb and flow of urban life. Client: NoMa Parks Foundation Structural Engineer: Endrestudio Interaction Consultant: Maramoja Electrical Contractor: M.C. Dean LED: Neon Flex
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The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Education

2019 Best of Design Award winner for Education: Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center Designer: Signal Architecture + Research Location: Wasco, Oregon “Who wouldn’t want to learn (or teach) there? Beautiful details give power to the overall restraint of the design, a nod to the surrounding landscape.” —Oana Stănescu As the heart of the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute run by Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State Parks, the project was inspired by a place-based idea of hands-on, site-specific education. To accommodate educational projects dealing with solar engineering, species diversity, botany, writing, and more, Signal Architecture + Research was tasked to create a highly adaptive, multipurpose design. Indoor spaces were configured to be flexible, with expansive doors allowing the interior spaces to effectively double in size when opened to the exterior covered spaces. The center uses local juniper, metal siding, and durable concrete floors—materials that age well. Inspired by barns of the region, the nearly net-zero building emanates resilience and grit in a simple form. Project Manager and Owner: Oregon State Parks Landscape Architect: Walker Macy Structural Engineer: Lund Opsahl Solar Energy Consultant: Sunbridge Solar Construction: Tapani Honorable Mentions Project Name: Club de Niños y Niñas Designer: Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica Project Name: RISD Student Center Designer: WORKac Editors' Picks Project Name: Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design & KCRW Media Center Designer: Clive Wilkinson Architects Project Name: Student Services Building, Cal Poly Pomona Designer: CO Architects
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Interior — Residential

2019 Best of Design Award for Interior— Residential: Michigan Loft Designer: Vladimir Radutny Architects Location: Chicago Inside a century-old structure built for automotive assembly and display, Vladimir Radutny Architects renovated a residence that was functioning poorly as a domestic space. In resolving the spatial problems inside this impressive shell, the firm crafted a living environment that evokes mental wellness and inspiration. Entry is through a low, wood-clad transition zone, mediating the overwhelming impact of the large industrial space. Scaled architectural components, material restraint, and theatrical lighting humanize the overall experience, while openness and clarity are maintained. As one moves between levels, a variety of unexpected vantage points and views are revealed. These meandering spaces are three-dimensionally distributed and assembled into a cohesive living space inside a raw industrial cloak. General Contractor: Artistic Construction Structural Engineer: Triumph Engineering Millwork: Navillus Woodworks Lighting: Flos Aim Appliances: Thermador Honorable Mentions Project Name: Gallatin House Designer: Workstead Project Name: Inaba Williamsburg Penthouse Designer: Inaba Williams Editors' Picks Project Name: Watermark House Designer: Barker Associates Architecture Office Project Name: Lakeview Penthouse Designer: Wheeler Kearns Architects
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Healthcare

  2019 Best of Design Award for Healthcare: University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute Designer: Perkins and Will Location: Cincinnati The University of Cincinnati Gard- ner Neuroscience Institute is a leading treatment, research, and teaching center for complex neurological conditions. Each component of this patient-centered facility was developed with user input. Shaped through input from Perkins and Will’s Human Experience Lab, the design responds to patients’ specific needs at every step of their journeys. The facade is wrapped in a tensile mesh that reduces glare for patients while improving energy performance and giving the building a distinctive look. Patient comfort is prioritized with the protective facade, wheelchair-friendly sliding doors, and flexible seating for staff, patients, and family members. Simplified circulation and plentiful daylight assist wayfinding, while a comfortably scaled lobby creates a calming entry experience. General Contractor: Messer Construction Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Heapy Engineering Civil Engineer: The Kleingers Group Structural Engineer: Shell + Meyer Associates Construction Manager: Hplex Solutions Honorable Mentions Project Name: Duke University Student Wellness Center Designer: Duda|Paine Architects Project Name: MSK Nassau Designer: EwingCole Editors' Picks  Project Name: Samson Pavilion, CWRU and Cleveland Clinic Designer: Foster + Partners Project Name: Tia Clinic Designer: Rockwell Group
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Interior — Healthcare

  2019 Best of Design Award winner for Interior— Healthcare: Chelsea District Health Center Designer: Stephen Yablon Architecture Location: New York City The LEED Gold renovation of the historic New Deal–era Chelsea District Health Center is critical to New York City’s effort to significantly reduce STDs. The building’s park location inspired the design concept: a modern health center that is also an airy park pavilion. Undulating wood ceilings and natural-finish tile floors frame curvy, white epoxy-clad clinical spaces, creating a soothing environment. The brightness of the interior is extended in subtle ways to the exterior with a new white rooftop Corian screen and a vertical glass slot cut into the rear facade. Many sexual health clinics come across as stigmatized places, but the facility provides an uplifting experience where everyone feels deserving of dignity and respect. MEP Engineer: IP Group Structural Engineer: Silman Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Exterior Restoration and Consulting: WJE LEED Consulting: Steven Winter Associates Honorable Mentions Project Name: Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Designer: Perkins Eastman Project Name: YPMD Pediatric Neurology Clinic Designer: Synthesis Design + Architecture Editors' Pick Project Name: NEXUS Club New York Designer: Morris Adjmi Architects
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Interior — Hospitality

  2019 Best of Design Award for Interior — Hospitality: Tamarindo Designer: Stayner Architects Location: San Clemente, California Stayner Architects helped first-time restaurateurs translate their acclaimed food truck, Tamarindo, into a full-service restaurant set in a 1940s-era former men’s haberdashery in San Clemente, at the far southern end of Orange County, California. Tamarindo introduces the land of Nixon to the owner’s traditional cuisine from the Mexican state of Querétaro, north of Mexico City. The design is based on research into the drawings of Mexican feminist artist collective Polvo de Gallina Negra and the Arte Povera materials of Luis Barragán. Stayner Architects translated the handmade quality of the food into the construction materials and architectural details. Contractor: Stayner Properties Mural Design and Installation: Jon Anthony Terrazzo Tables and Countertops: Stayner Architects Lighting Products: Ketra Sawn-Cut Lava Stone: SoCal Building Solutions Honorable Mentions Project Name: All Square Designer: Architecture Office Project Name: ROOST East Market Designer: Morris Adjmi Architects Editors' Picks Project Name: The Fleur Room Designer: Rockwell Group Project Name: Woodlark Hotel Designer: OFFICEUNTITLED
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Interior — Institutional

2019 Best of Design Award for Interior — Institutional: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School Great Hall Renovation Designer: tonic design Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Making the most of a $150,000 federal grant and a construction time frame of six weeks during summer break, this renovation consists of subtle but powerful insertions and additions. The existing entry hall was poorly lit, dull, and lacked spaces for students to sit, collaborate, and congregate. Trophy cases holding relics long forgotten lined the perimeter of the hall, gathering dust and little attention. The principal had a vision for a great hall that would transform an image of athletic achievement into an image of collegiate collaboration. Now 1,500 students have a comfortable place to sit, work, and exchange ideas. Owner: Wake County Public School System Contractor: Varnedoe Construction Honorable Mentions Project Name: The Center for Fiction Designer: BKSK Architects Project Name: The Children’s Library at Concourse House Designer: Michael K Chen Architecture Editors' Picks Project Name: Countryside Community Church Designer: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture Project Name: Gordon Chapel Renovation, St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School Designer: MBB
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2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Commercial — Office

2019 Best of Design Award for Commercial — Office: 1000 Maine Designer: KPF Architect of Record: FOX Architects Location: Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of The Wharf, Washington, D.C.’s new waterfront district, 1000 Maine is the development’s first signature office space. Commissioned by PN Hoffman (now Hoffman & Associates) and Madison Marquette, the building channels the energy of its pedestrian-centric surroundings. Working with local firm FOX Architects, KPF designed 1000 Maine to host “next-generation” workspaces. Shaped by the contour of the Potomac River, the ten-story building comprises two split bars that create light-filled spaces and an inviting grand entry, where a feature staircase and expansive glass create views to the water’s edge. Ten-foot-tall finished ceilings—a rare height for the region—produce a loftlike experience, while terraces and roof gardens provide outdoor access and panoramic views of the river and nearby landmarks.

Client: PN Hoffman, Madison Marquette Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti MEP Engineer: GHT Limited Landscape Architect: Landscape Architecture Bureau Exterior Wall: Curtainwall Design Consulting Honorable Mentions Project Name: 901 East Sixth Designer: Thoughtbarn and Delineate Studio Project Name: Solar Carve Designer: Studio Gang Editors' Pick Project Name: The Carpenter Hotel Designer: Perkins and Will
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The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building of the Year

2019 Best of Design Award for Building of the Year: TWA Hotel Project Architect and Preservation Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Lighting Designer: Cooley Monato Studio Location: New York City Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is among the most significant examples of midcentury modern architecture in the world, but the landmark terminal had been subjected to a series of compromising alterations and additions, and critical maintenance had been deferred. Beyer Blinder Belle has been involved with the building for over two decades, first as an advocate to save it from demolition, then as the overall project architect for its restoration and adaptive reuse as a full-service airport hotel. This intervention involved the construction of two seven-story hotel wings, designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects with interior design by Stonehill Taylor, and an underground conference center with meeting rooms and a banquet hall by INC Architecture & Design, which are arrayed around the historic terminal. “The original is an architecture of optimism. The rebirth of the project celebrates that. That is extremely needed and refreshing in these times.” -Carlos Madrid III Project Developer: MCR / Morse Development Design Consultant and Design Architect for the Hotel Buildings: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects Event Space Interior Design: INC Architecture & Design Interior Design for Hotel Rooms, Select Public Areas: Stonehill Taylor Landscape Architect: MNLA Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company Finalist Project Name: Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center Designer: Signal Architecture + Research Location: Wasco, Oregon “Who wouldn’t want to learn (or teach) there? Beautiful details give power to the overall restraint of the design, a nod to the surrounding landscape.” -Oana Stănescu Finalist Project Name: Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center Designer: Leong Leong and KFA Location: Los Angeles “This building is a diamond in the rough. Its bold and elegant presence not only supports urban beautification but celebrates its program and purpose.” -Carlos Madrid III
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There's only one month left to enter Archpaper's 2019 Best of Design Awards

Don't wait until it's too late to enter the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards. There's only one month left until the October 4 deadline, so begin (or complete) your submissions today! With 50 comprehensive categories to choose from, there are more chances to win than ever before. This a great opportunity to make sure your latest completed, unbuilt, speculative, and research-based projects receive the recognition they deserve. Our esteemed jury, comprised of New Affiliates Co-Founder Jaffer Kolb; Selldorf Architects partner Sara Lopergolo; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill associate director Carlos Madrid III; The Architectural League of New York program director Anne Rieselbach; The Architect’s Newspaper executive editor Matt Shaw; and Oana Stănescu Studio founder Oana Stănescu, will select the best Canadian, Mexican, and US building, interior, installation, representation, renovation, public, urban, and student projects. Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Editor's Picks in all 50 categories will be announced in the special end-of-year Best of Design magazine, in dedicated articles on and, and extensively on our social media platforms. Winners will also receive a signed limited edition poster by famous radical architecture collective Archigram. Categories
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Building Renovation — Single-Unit
  • Building Renovation — Multi-Unit
  • Building Renovation — Commercial
  • Building Renovation — Civic
  • Architectural Lighting — Indoor
  • Architectural Lighting — Outdoor
  • Architectural Representation — Analog
  • Architectural Representation — Digital
  • Cultural
  • Public
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Commercial — Hospitality
  • Commercial — Office
  • Commercial — Retail + Mixed Use
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Facades
  • Green Building
  • Infrastructure
  • Interior — Institutional
  • Interior — Healthcare
  • Interior — Hospitality
  • Interior — Residential
  • Interior — Retail
  • Interior — Workplace
  • Landscape — Residential
  • Landscape — Public
  • New Materials
  • Research
  • Residential — Multi-Unit
  • Residential — Single-Unit
  • Small Spaces
  • Temporary Installation
  • Exhibition Design
  • Unbuilt — Commercial
  • Unbuilt — Cultural
  • Unbuilt — Education
  • Unbuilt — Public
  • Unbuilt — Residential
  • Unbuilt — Urban Design
  • Unbuilt — Green
  • Unbuilt — Landscape
  • Unbuilt — Interior
  • Urban Design
  • Young Architects Award
  • Student Work — Individual
  • Student Work — Group
  • Student Work — Representation
Eligibility  In order for a project to be eligible for submission, it must have been completed within one year’s time of the submission deadline (October 2018). Landscape, Public, Unbuilt, and Representation projects must have been completed within two years time of the submission deadline (October 2017). The Best Of Design Awards are open to Canadian, Mexican, U.S. and international firms (e.g., architects/ designers/ consultants/ engineers/ manufacturers), but projects submitted must be located within Canada, Mexico, or The United States.
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Andrés Jaque offers an approach to "intersectional architecture"

Andrés Jaque is the founder of the New York and Madrid–based Office for Political Innovation. By exploring the expanded potential of architecture through both speculative and realized designs, the firm has received numerous accolades, including the 2015 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program and the 2016 Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts. In 2014, Jaque’s SALES ODDITY: Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism garnered a 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale Silver Lion award. The 2011 IKEA Disobedients was the first “architectural performance” piece to enter the Museum of Modern Art’s collection. In this project, local residents were invited to hack IKEA furniture, and in doing so publicly perform their everyday private talents and determine their own lifestyles. The project suggests that not all people necessarily abide by the same normative principles or architectural dictates. Jaque is also the director of the Columbia University GSAPP postgraduate Advanced Architectural Design program.

As a member of this year’s AN Best of Design Awards jury, Jaque spoke to The Architect’s Newspaper contributor Adrian Madlener about the current state of architecture. 

The Architect’s Newspaper: What roles do architecture and urbanism play in addressing today’s global challenges?

Andrés Jaque: Architecture and urbanism have a responsibility to mediate some of the most pressing topics reshaping contemporary life: environmental degradation, mounting geopolitical tensions, and the articulation of physical and virtual worlds. There are three unavoidable facts facing society today: Climate change is forcing humanity to redefine how we engage with nature; technology is becoming increasingly autonomous, making it impossible for humanity to maintain control over its impact; and the evolving interaction society has with the offline and the online realms is blurring the distinction between what is real and what is virtual.

Attempting to set clear boundaries between these two realities requires a greater effort. Architecture plays an important role in all these issues. The field has a great capacity and responsibility in the making of facts catering to the collective sense of truth that all forces in society should now—more than ever—respect. Architecture is in the best disciplinary position it has ever been to shape the present and propose potential scenarios for the future.

AN: How can the discipline look to the past to inform the present?

AJ: As architects, we have to reflect on our practice, but also on our legacy. On one hand, we need to develop new ways to operate and respond to changing societal and environmental paradigms. On the other hand, we need to reconsider how we view our predecessors, how we understand and learn from architectural history. Just a few years ago, figures like Cedric Price, Lina Bo Bardi, the Ant Farm collective, and Frederick Kiesler were seen as marginal. Today, these unsung innovators are proving to be the best sources of information for tackling the field’s evolutionary challenges.

AN: You often say that architecture needs to incorporate knowledge from other disciplines. What are the benefits of this interdisciplinary approach?   

AJ: Architecture has the unique capacity to express different perspectives, materialities, temporalities, and scales in interventions charged with multiplicity. Whatever priorities we’re going to address, our response needs to be informed by different realities. Architecture is not an isolated practice. We have to consult other fields: science, art, technology, etcetera. In that way, the discourse around our discipline is becoming more intersectional. It’s important to understand that the design of a building or environment cannot just be accomplished with form and aesthetics alone. Different political, social, economic, and ecological implications need to be considered if a design is to be relevant. 

I defend the concept of intersectional architecture in my capacity as a practitioner and educator. My goal is to develop methodologies that can shift architecture’s interdependence on different realities into an opportunity to engage criticality and to intervene in many areas of contemporary life that are currently being disputed.

AN: Do any of your current projects exemplify the concept of intersectional architecture?

AJ: At Office for Political Innovation, we’re currently designing an experimental school. The project obliges us to simultaneously consider the daily life of its students, but also the larger context that they will occupy. On a larger scale, we’re actually structuring an ecosystem that addresses its own consumption. This aspect will also become an important resource when teaching the students about sustainability. 

We’re also currently designing a house on one of the outer islands near Corpus Christi, Texas. Our proposal offers solutions on different levels. On one hand, it’ll serve as a getaway for a Dallas-based family; on the other, it’ll collect fresh rainfall to irrigate the surrounding mangrove—an important line of defense that can combat erosion and rising sea levels. The house can accommodate the owner’s almost hedonistic desires while still ensuring the survival of its surroundings. What we’re realizing in our practice is that architecture needs to simultaneously cater to different realities within a single response. A design has the ability to address often disparate elements and perspectives.

AN: From your experience as a cocurator of 2018’s Manifesta 12 biennial in Palermo, Italy, how do you think art practice influences the way we imagine and/or create cities?

AJ: Palermo is not a city but rather a hub for the stratified relationships that tie it to distant places like sub-Saharan West Africa, Bangladesh, and the United States. These connections occur through the flow of capital and investment—that dispute the future of the city’s built environment—but also the nearby military base that foreign powers use to strike the Middle East and northern Africa. Palermo’s architecture, the dialectic between its role on a local and global level, has proved to be ineffectual in dealing with these transnational interactions.

In this scenario, architecture and art are the only disciplines that can bring heterogeneous situations together. Whether it’s the migration crisis or a personal struggle, these realities simultaneously develop on different scales. Architecture and art can mediate the evolution of these realities by introducing the values of urbanity, new forms of citizenship, and the aesthetics of inclusivity. This can only happen if such interventions take stock of what is already in place and grasp the full scope of complexity that the context might contain. To be truly impactful, the initiatives must cater to all parts rather than just the most powerful elements. An open cultural platform like the Manifesta art biennial offers architects and artists the space to test out independent action that the urgency of commercial commissions rarely provides. 

AN: How is architecture education changing?

AJ: Within the Advanced Architectural Design Program that I direct at Columbia University, students—who already have significant experience with design as a critical medium—explore new forms of practice in different contexts. They gain an analytical understanding that will allow them to intervene and apply architecture as a contemporary methodology. Various speculative exercises allow them to test out how the field could have a wider scope of influence in the future. They don’t learn a predetermined set of skills, but rather work together and with faculty to reinvent architecture as a discipline that can respond to the world’s greatest problems. 

It is crucial that they are able to translate this discursive approach when entering or reentering the profession. In our program, we’re trying to change architectural education by introducing an experimental pedagogy. Students are given the time and space to develop situated projects that address specific, real-world briefs. With its many firms, experts, advocacy agencies, and organizations, New York offers the perfect context for these investigations.