Posts tagged with "Best of Design Awards 2017":

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2017 Best of Design Awards for Residential – Multi-Unit

2017 Best of Design Award for Residential – Multi-Unit: True North Designer: EC3 Location: Detroit, Michigan True North is a development comprised of nine rental units and shared community gardens located two-and-a-half miles from Downtown Detroit in a quiet, spacious neighborhood. It has received widespread recognition for pioneering creative, affordable design attuned to its community. For aesthetic and economic reasons, the client challenged the architect to utilize Quonset Huts, a prefabricated lightweight structure consisting of corrugated galvanized steel and having a semicircular cross section. The placement of the huts balances openness and security, views and privacy, socializing and solitude. Each structure is assembled on top of a four-inch concrete slab with in-floor radiant heat, which is also the unit’s finished floor. The end walls feature custom steel framing around polycarbonate panels that provide a higher level of security, natural light and high thermal value. Each interior is unique and designed to inspire different creative lifestyles in Detroit. “It’s always nice to see architects do so much with so little. Despite the restraints of working with prefabricated structures and limited materials palette, they’ve made a surprisingly beautiful development—one that could easily be repeated—for a city that needs creative solutions.” —Morris Adjmi, Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects (juror) Client: Prince Concepts Executive Architect: Studio Detroit Site and Landscape Design: EC3 Landscape Contractor: Heroes Landscape Manufacturer: SteelMaster   Honorable Mention Project: American Copper Building Architect: SHoP Architects Location: New York The American Copper Buildings present two bold and dynamic copper towers ‘dancing’ on NYC's East River. The 761-unit luxury rental community, designed to patinate over time, reaches 41 and 48 stories in height with an iconic, amenity-filled skybridge connecting the two towers.   Honorable Mention  Project: 2510 Temple Architect: Tighe Architecture  Location: Los Angeles

Perched within Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown, this combination of market-rate and affordable apartment units responds to the city’s housing crisis. Clad in metal panels, the sculptural form of the entry serves as a connection between the private areas of the project and commercial storefronts at street level.

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2017 Best of Design Awards for Residential – Single-Unit

2017 Best of Design Award for Residential – Single-Unit: Michigan Lake House Architect: Desai Chia Architecture with Environment Architects Location: Leelanau County, Michigan Perched on a woodland bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this home is an assemblage of three offset structures—the “gathering” structure with a 20-foot cantilever-covered “vista” seating terrace, two “sleeping” structures, and a dining area breezeway that connects all three structures. The roofscape has gentle undulations that follow the movement of the natural terrain and make a playful reference to the vernacular architecture of nearby fishing villages. The exterior is finished in shou sugi ban, or Japanese charred wood. The charred texture and the modulation of deep facade members enhance the shadows across the surface as the sun rises and sets. The firm also reclaimed dying ash trees from the site and milled them down to be used as interior finishes and custom furniture throughout the house—a nod to the indigenous landscape.
"That house really upends alot of the expectations one would have when looking at a house. Once inside, these unique details and volumetric gymnastics define the interiors in many interesting ways as well, while maintaining a home-like sense of warmth and scale." – Matt Shaw, Senior Editor, The Architect's Newspaper (juror)
Structural: Apex Engineering & Management Mechanical: Bayshore Engineering Lighting: Christine Sciulli Light + Design Landscape Architect: Surface Design Contractor: Easling Construction Company   Honorable Mention Project: Constant Springs Residence Architect: Alterstudio Architecture Location: Austin, Texas Constant Springs Residence offers the opportunity to live simultaneously in the center of the city and in an isolated refuge. A magnificent live oak passes through the cedar ceiling, and an ipe deck permits the penetration of water. A second opening in the ceiling invites light and rain deep into the house’s core.   Honorable Mention Project: Upstate Teahouse Architect: Tsao & McKown Location: Pound Ridge, New York Upstate Teahouse was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. It is formed of exposed heavy timber construction, which reduces the need for interior walls and opens the plan. Within the open plan, variations of proportion and light produce subtle rhythmic effects—such as two large, asymmetrical skylights that break up the flat roof.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Mixed Use

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 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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2017 Best of Design Awards for Landscape – Public

2017 Best of Design Awards for Landscape – Public: Confetti Urbanism Architect: Endemic (Clark Thenhaus) Location: San Francisco, California Confetti Urbanism reimagines the California College of the Arts Back Lot as a display venue, work yard, and social space. The 73,470-square-foot Back Lot presents prototypes of the Designing Material Innovation exhibition while supporting student design activities and equipment—from a welding station to hammocks. Confetti Urbanism celebrates the diversity of the Back Lot’s many components by organizing them as though they were tossed confetti, creating a loose yet carefully studied frame for the prototypes on display and animating the site through function and festivity. “The spontaneity and framework of this project is incredibly engaging and refreshing. A parking lot is transformed through simple strategic interventions and a democratic vision into a dynamic open-air laboratory for material innovation and creation. They’ve shown a parking lot can become a platform for interaction and creation.” —Emily Bauer, landscape architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror) Curator: Jonathan Massey Pavilions By: APTUM Architecture T+E+A+M CCA Digital Craft Lab Matter Design Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab Honorable Mention Project: Farnham-Connolly State Park Pavilion Architect: Touloukian Touloukian (Pavilion Architect) with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (Landscape Architect) Location: Canton, Massachusetts Farnham-Connolly State Park Pavilion began as an environmental cleanup of an abandoned municipal airport. Surrounding wetlands were remediated, and PCB-impacted soils were collected under a permeable geo-textile cap for the location of a new park and comfort-station pavilions. Both pavilions meet the social and physical needs of visitors, while paying homage to the area’s history of flight. Honorable Mention Project: The Meriden Green Architect: Milone & MacBroom Place: Meriden, Connecticut Meriden Green began as a flood-control project 20 years ago and became the catalyst for economic revitalization by transforming a brownfield into a greenfield. The firm executed a Connecticut city’s vision of large expanses of lawn for events and play; pedestrian routes; a bridge linking neighborhoods; and new development opportunities.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Landscape – Private

2017 Best of Design Award for Landscape – Private: La Grange Pavilion Architect: Murray Legge Architecture Location: La Grange, Texas La Grange Pavilion is a landscape intervention for a house perched on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River basin near Austin, Texas. The homeowners envisioned an outdoor patio area that would enable them to enjoy the landscape throughout the year. Situated on the bluff’s edge, a series of outdoor rooms weaves among the trunks of a live oak grove adjacent to a new swimming pool. A continuous expanse of limestone pavers delineates the habitable areas from the surrounding natural landscape while creating retaining walls, planters, steps, benches, and flooring surfaces. The various individual rooms are unified into a single fluid space as these elements move with the slope of the topography. Three large limestone columns support the roof along with a series of thinner black steel columns around the perimeter. “The landscape design celebrates the western landscape and bluff overlook. The limestone units morphing between wall and floor surfaces give the continuous space a subtle dynamism.” —Emily Bauer, Landscape Architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror) Builder: Shroyco Builder: Sandy Vollentine Planting Design: SOMOS Design and Landscaping Structural Engineering: TK Consulting Engineers Steel Fabrication: Steel House MFG   Honorable Mention Project: De Maria Garden Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects  Location: Bridgehampton, New York The site is a brick-walled kitchen garden set on an early 20th-century estate. The architects elected to remake the landscape with a robust assortment of indigenous plants. De Maria Garden’s centerpiece is a brick and concrete pavilion containing sculpture and drawings by Walter De Maria.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Workplace – Interior

2017 Best of Design Awards for Workplace – Interior: Memphis Teacher Residency Architect: archimania Location: Memphis, Tennessee A faith-based nonprofit organization required a space for recruitment, training, and supporting teachers through an urban teacher residency graduate program. Their new space is positioned between a large public central atrium and a more intimate atrium: a recently renovated distribution center. The space is made up of three functions: offices, larger training rooms, and community areas. Wooden space-defining elements were used within the community spaces to encourage gathering. These components act as connective tissue between programmatic zones. At the entry, a sign and a seating detail offer areas for conversation and define the entrance. The client’s distinct use of book icons to express a source of knowledge was also translated into an architectural language and spatial detailing that color and meter the space. "I love the project's light touch—it celebrates the industrial character of the existing building without being too self-conscious." —Eric Bunge, principal, nARCHITECTS (juror) General contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Engineering: OGCB   Honorable Mention  Project Name: RDC-S111 Urban Office Designer: Retail Design Collaborative Location: Long Beach, California A vacant department store became a 34,100-square-foot creative workplace based on the concept of an “urban gallery.” Twenty skylights offer natural daylight and ventilation while reducing artificial lighting needs. A mezzanine wraps the perimeter of the interior space, creating a “bridgewalk” overlook, while a portion of the service dock is transformed into an urban garden.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Retail – Interior

2017 Best of Design Awards Retail – Interior: Health Yoga Life Architect:  BOS|UA Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts The yoga studio is located in the ground floor of the Novartis Building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The new 1,500-square-foot commercial space has great street presence, providing the opportunity to showcase the values of the studio and the brand to a larger audience—namely, that yoga is the practice of connecting to oneself and others. The key elements that make Health Yoga Life stand out are the mentoring and learning functions of the business. The architecture firm decided to translate these three main aspects—community, coaching, and practice—into defined spatial experiences: shop, forum, and studio. Public programs, such as the forum and the shop, act as magnets to the street, while the studio focuses on the interiority of yoga. “It’s inviting, flexible, and straightforward — a nice, fluid transition of spaces that all seem restful even though exposed at street level.” —Irene Sunwoo, Director of Exhibitions, GSAPP (juror) Contractor:  Atlantic Management Group Millwork:   Bill Bancroft Furniture: BOS|UA  
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Residential – Interior

2017 Best of Design Award for Residential – Interior: Chilmark House Architect: Gray Organschi Architecture and Aaron Schiller of Schiller Projects Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts These simple, dark buildings are approached via a farm road that winds through the town’s dense thicket of scrub oak. A broad stair links a large south-facing porch back to the farm road and provides pedestrian access through the field to the beaches beyond. Drawing on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, the firm sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them and providing the approach to the house’s entrance. Colors were carefully chosen to balance with the changing seasons while materials were selected for longevity and their connection to the area’s natural textures. “The views threaten to steal the show here, but for me it’s really about those interior finishes. They’re so rich. There’s a natural beauty and a warmth to these spaces, which manage to be clean and contemporary without feeling severe.
” —Morris Adjmi, principal, Morris Adjmi Architects (juror) Facade: Delta Millworks and Schiller Projects Glass: Bayerwald Landscaping: Contemporary Landscapes Builder: Rosbeck Builders   Honorable Mention Project Name: Capsule Loft Architect: Joel Sanders Architect Location: New York  A “sleeping capsule” inside this 2,500-square-foot West Village apartment accommodates a second level for bedrooms while maintaining the architectural integrity of the industrial loft. The black oak stairs leading up to the cantilevered wood suite divide the dining area and den below into two distinct zones.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Infrastructure

2017 Best of Design Awards for Infrastructure: 10th and Wyandotte Parking Garage Architect: BNIM Location: Kansas City, Missouri A collaboration between an architecture firm and a ceramics artist provides much-needed parking in the urban core of Kansas City, integrating green space and artful possibilities. The artist's process for crafting the ceramic inserts was a thoughtful effort to make the garage beautiful from a distance and to the touch. A palette of eight colors makes the tiles visible from far away and contrasts with the precast concrete. Up close, there is a subtle pattern on the tile surfaces. The team made the conscious decision for the ceramics to be the only rounded shape in the design, softening the hard, orthogonal lines of the structure. Working within code and building requirements, and collaborating with the engineers, the artist created more than 2,000 dimorphic, stretched-out oval tiles. "It is always good to see the parking garage go from eyesore to moment of respite in the city. The collaboration of the BNIM and Brayman has produced a beautiful and unexpected facade." – Matt Shaw, senior editor, The Architect's Newspaper (juror) Artist: Andy Brayman / The Matter Factory Developer: MC Realty Group Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell MEP Engineer: Custom Engineering Civil Engineer: Taliaferro & Browne
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Green – Civic

2017 Best of Design Awards for Green – Civic: Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab Architect: The Living Location: Princeton, New Jersey This simple but forward-thinking lab will host research on the future of buildings. Designed to evolve over time, the project features components and systems that can be swapped and upgraded—students and faculty will continually rewrite and adapt the structure. The Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab is a model for new sustainability and low-carbon features, including extremely low embodied energy through a glulam structure and envelope made of local timber. It is the first engineered wood building in North America with a five-ton gantry crane. The radiant floor uses waste condensate from the building next door, with no additional energy required. The building envelope is made of reclaimed New York City scaffolding boards that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. The facade involves the use of custom algorithms trained to detect knots in wood—bringing the power of machine-learning technology to the physical world. “A lot is achieved in a relatively small built space.  The idea of an open source building with swappable components made from reused or repurposed materials with simple yet thoughtful detailing is pretty extraordinary.” —Nathaniel Stanton, principal, Craft Engineer Studio (juror) Architect of Record: NK Architects Structural Engineers: Buro Happold General Contractor: Epic Glulam Manufacturer: Structural Wood Systems Ceiling Fans: Big Ass Fans   Honorable Mention  Project Name: United States Courthouse, Los Angeles Architecture, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Graphics: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Location: Los Angeles
United States Courthouse, Los Angeles (Bruce Damonte)New United States Courthouse meets an energy target of 35k BTU/GSF annual consumption through a variety of sustainable design features. The most visible sustainable design feature is the facade—a solution that gracefully responds to the solar orientation of the site as well as principles of classic, federal architecture. Owner: General Services Administration General Contractor: Clark Construction Group Facade Contractor: Benson Industries LLC Blast Engineering: Applied Research Associates Inc. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Syska Hennessy Group Inc
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Green – Residential

2017 Best of Design Awards for Green – Residential: Casa Querétaro Architect: DesignBridge Location: Chicago Casa Querétaro is a multiple-unit affordable housing project located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The building consists of 45 apartments and was certified LEED Platinum in 2017. Casa Querétaro resembles a structured ribbon organized to embrace a common court- yard, and each street frontage is uniquely addressed. Particular attention was paid to the building’s massing and materials; planar material changes and building volumes vary in scale from two to four stories to relate to the neighborhood’s preexisting housing structures. A single loaded corridor provides an acoustical buffer to the vast railroad right-of-way, defining the northwest boundary of the site while framing views out to the courtyard and connecting residents to the exterior property. Landscape Architect: Site Design Group MEP/FP: Maestros Ventures Civil Engineering:  2IM Group LEED Consultant: dbHMS Structural Engineer: GFGR   Honorable Mention  Project Name: Inhabit Solar Cabana Architect: Inhabit Solar  Location: Queens, New York This row house rooftop installation demonstrates a scalable model for retrofitting residential buildings into energy-producing and -storing, water-harvesting oases. The prefabricated rooftop solar cabana merges renewable energy and real estate to facilitate decentralized energy production directly at the source. The cabana arrives as a flat-pack kit of parts designed for rapid assembly.
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2017 Best of Design Awards for Facade

2017 Best of Design Award for Facade United States Courthouse - Los Angeles Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Location: Los Angeles, California

The new United States Courthouse, a LEED Platinum structure, meets its energy target of 35kBTU/GSF annual consumption through a variety of sustainable design features. The most visible is the facade—a solution that gracefully responds to the solar orientation of the site. A key challenge was to manage intense sun exposure from the east and west while maintaining the building’s alignment with the street grid. The pleated facade design incorporates shaded panels in east- and west-facing pleats to minimize solar thermal gain, and transparent glass panels in north- and south-facing pleats to maximize natural daylight inside the courthouse. This reduces annual solar radiation load and central plant load while lending visual dimension to the facade.

"At a time when much design effort is confined to the envelope, this project stands out for its intelligence in aligning environmental performance with architectural goals across various scales." —Eric Bunge, principal, nARCHITECTS (juror) Owner: General Services Administration General Contractor: Clark Construction Group Facade Contractor: Benson Industries Blast Engineering: Applied Research Associates Inc. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Syska Hennessy Group Inc.   Honorable Mention Project: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Kate Tiedemann College of Business Architect: ikon .5 architects, Harvard Jolly Architects Location: St. Petersburg, Florida Inspired by the indigenous coral stone of Tampa Bay, the 68,000-square-foot Tiedemann College of Business is conceived as a porous container. The most unique feature of the building is its glass facade: The composition consists of a ceramic fritted first pane that is double-run with two tones of a circular pattern and a mirrored second pane that allows views out while reflecting the first pane’s patterned coating.