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Architecture excellence recognised

by Darren
Architecture excellence recognised

Recipients of the AIA 2014 Institute Honour Awards for Architecture announced.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 2014 recipients of the Institute Honour Awards after receiving more than 500 submissions. In the architecture category, eleven recipients will be honoured at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Expo in June.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Centre, Brooklyn, New York – Weiss/Manfredi
Designed as a chameleon-like structure situated in a berm, this LEED Gold building is an extension of the garden path system through the historic garden that transitions from its street front backwards into a structured landscape.

Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Campus, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – KPMB Architects
These two three-storey, interconnected buildings and an auditorium pavilion are organised around a courtyard to create the impression of a traditional academic quad building. In order to create a calm environment for studying, a palette of local limestone and brick masonry, wood and glass was used.

New Boathouse for Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), Boston – Anmahian Winton Architects
The project comprises two buildings that form a courtyard that overlays a public forecourt to the river and a staging terrace for the boats. A unique kinetic cladding system was applied to regulate natural ventilation and light.

Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming – Gensler
Now a LEED Silver certified airport, the renovation and expansion followed a regional design approach, materiality and intimate scale to create a simple, understated building that blends in with the surrounding landscape.

King Street Station, Seattle – ZGF Architects LLP
A restoration project that achieved LEED Platinum certification, the materials invested in the early 1900s were reused rather than replaced. The historic architectural finishes were rehabilitated and significant seismic and structural updates were made to improve the building’s safety and durability.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis – HGA Architects and Engineers
More than three-quarters of this building is nested into an existing south-facing hillside to minimise the visual impact on its historic context. The palette of stone, bronze, wood and glass creates a serene environment suited for the intimacy of personal grieving and commemoration.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles – Belzberg Architects
Viewed from the outside, this building, with its many patterned pathways and long entry ramp, is immersed in the surrounding public park. Inside natural light that gradually diminishes reinforces the visitors’ experience of descending further into the earth.

The Pierre, San Juan Island, Washington – Olson Kundig Architects
Composed of concrete, wood, steel and glass, under a green roof, this house blends in with its natural rocky surroundings to create a secure and unanticipated retreat.

Quaker Meeting House and Arts Centre, Sidwell Friends School, Washington DC – Kieran Timberlake
This transformation of a 1950s gymnasium now includes a worship space, visual art and music rooms, and exhibition areas. To achieve a silent but bright ambience, light and sound are filtered through architecture, landscape, structure and concentric systems around a central source of illumination.

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia – Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent in association with Dawson Architects
Honouring the site’s heritage, ruins were integrated in the new concrete structure and historic materials were preserved as part of the new design. The building includes galleries, art studios, classrooms, a theatre, public gardens and vibrant streetscape.

St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Transformation and Restoration, St. Louis – Cannon Design
This project focused on the restoration of the north wing of the three-storey 1912 Beaux Arts structure, incorporating more light and replacing non-public book stacks with a new entrance surrounded by multi-storeys of books visible to all visitors.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to the American Institute for Architects for the information given to write this article.

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