2016 AIA Central States Region Design Award Winners

2016 AIA Central States Region
Design Award Winners

Comments by Allison Williams – Jury Chair

 

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN UNBUILT ARCHITECTURE
NEWTON ARCHIVE AND MEETING HALL
PATTERHN IVES LLC

Several successful strategies were proposed to lighten up and freshen this relic while preserving and celebrating its iconic features  The roof floats and the folds anchor it  Encasing the existing walls (on the eastern façade) inside of a glass box become a metaphor for preservation  The jury enjoyed the graphics that support the programmatic strategies for this adaptive mixed use facility.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN UNBUILT ARCHITECTURE
COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
SFS ARCHITECTURE

The jury admired the architect’s clear understanding of the importance of the spaces in between demonstrated in this unbuilt design concept  The typological analysis of traditional carriage houses, the relationship to the existing (main house) resulted in a beautifully scaled space with a nuanced rotation that influences the building massing and gently opens the courtyard.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN UNBUILT ARCHITECTURE
NATIONAL CANCER CENTER, RIO DE JANEIRO
CANNON DESIGN

The jury applauded the inventive alternative posed in this socially and economically aware, dense, mixed-use proposal  Both the real estate proposition and the architectural concept are provocative and reminiscent of how the city relates to the surrounding topography  The graphics are beautiful and aspirational of what could be.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL DETAILING
REBAR WALL BLUE BARN THEATRE
MIN | DAY

This architectural detail renders the entire building as compositional work of public art  The jury appreciated the narrative supporting the collaborative logic, detail (that controls the core ten drip) and craft of the wall in contrast to the traditional componentized approach  Dramatic nighttime lighting amplifies the texture of the wall and celebrates the imperfections and reinforces the industrial materiality.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
STEW AND LENORE HANSEN FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA BY SUBSTANCE ARCHITECTURE

Classy center with unusual care taken to deploy the school’s bold signature colors and logo in sophisticated and creative ways  Branding throughout the facility is carried off with rare refinement.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
MANTER HALL, SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
HDR

The Strada, as the organizing principle, as a social space and the picture windows as vitrines of science education along the way, are what captured the jury’s admiration here.  Painfully clear diagram creates an active, day lighted spine out of an otherwise mundane corridor  Ceiling, wall, lighting …. consistently well-detailed overall.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
LIBERTY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION
HOLLIS + MILLER ARCHITECTS

]The jury noted the high quality of materials that convene to give this school a sense of permanence and investment in its mission 6  The plan succeeds in creating spatial variety while maintaining continuity through the ceiling design, porous partitions and daylight.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
ENGINEERING OFFICE
NEUMANN MONSON ARCHITECTS

Sophisticated use of color against existing and embellished industrial pallet  Bold color marks a central moment in the plan, and through multiple material renditions of the color, translucence, and reflectance, expands and congregates space  Strong lighting design reinforces the concept.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
SIDEBAR
SUBSTANCE ARCHITECTURE

The jury appreciated the simple lightness of the pallet chosen to accommodate the multiple transitions of uses over the course of each day: coffee to gelato to wine  Successful resolution of the angles of geometries of this small tenant space.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN PRESERVATION / ADAPTIVE REUSE
MARFA CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
ELLIOTT + ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

The observer might pass it by without awareness of the change of use, except at night when light emanates unlike a gas station, drawing you in  Interior is a disciplined intervention with clear relationship of frame to walls to roof and an elegant introduction of daylight  Jury appreciated the variety of the program beyond strictly gallery uses.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
RESTART HOUSING
EL DORADO INC

Jury applauded socially responsible agenda driving the architect to reexam the quality and privacy of living spaces for this endangered slice of young population  Thoughtful positioning in the topography, bold use of color and super scaled punctures reduce the boxy mass awaiting growth of surrounding street trees  Sited for best daylighting to units, cross ventilation, rainwater retention promotes a passive energy story.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
PARK@201
NEUMANN MONSON ARCHITECTS

Bold accomplishment of simplicity, compactness and urban density in the historic context, a statement that downtown is occupied 24/7  Very high performance glazing (…the jury pleaded) produces this light sheerness so central to its elegance and views.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARAY RENOVATION AND EXPANSION
GOULD EVANS

Very productive and straightforward concept for expansion using the existing library as “the core”  Piano Nobile location of day-lighted, interior spaces successful civic gesture  Recreates the library’s relationship to the site and the neighborhood in a modern and contextual composition.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
KAUFFMAN CHARTER SCHOOL
MOMENTA, PA

Innovative addition telegraphs the schools intentions as a place for curiosity and discovery  Use of color, and shaping the way light enters, animate the spaces  Provocative massing of volumes and plates, palette of materials and nighttime presence are very successful.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
CASCADE HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION
NEUMANNN MONSON ARCHITECTS

The jury commended the architect for establishing a new, fresh conversation for the high school to have with the community  Daytime and nighttime landmark, fantastic interior space, particularly for the gymnasium  Successful compositional and rhythmic use of the translucent panels in dialogue with the existing context of brick.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS
CLARK HUESEMANN

Successfully deploys this strategically oriented, big roof concept to collect Public Works Department functions, making the overall statement greater than the sum of the programmatic parts  Basic pallet of materials, well executed rammed earth wall, elevated in this straightforward design to signify respect for the activities of public works, and providing a quality workplace for PWD staff.

CITATION – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
CORINTHIAN GARDENS SMOKER’S SHELTER
ASK STUDIO

Jury enjoyed the multiple meanings layered within this design solution  No butts about it though, it is a controlled, elegant, careful design and well built  Jury noted the deliberate nighttime lighting strategies and how the screens redefine the shelter through the day.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, DEBRUCE CENTER
GOULD EVANS

Building as a device to negotiate site grade, act as a foil against existing parking structure  Though climate control with expansive glass and its orientation may present issues at certain times of day, the jury applauded the artful and poetic approach taken to collect and celebrate traditions of KU basketball in a memorable moment along the campuses ceremonial approach  It is a new campus landmark and attractive nighttime social spot on campus!

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
PACIFIC CENTER CAMPUS AMENITIES BUILDING
BNIM

Succeeds in creating a porous yet well-defined space on the campus appropriate to its shared amenities purpose  Strong plan organization that holds circulation and outdoor deck to perimeter surround and activating the court at ground level and above encouraging and supporting the indoor outdoor lifestyle of the San Diego climate.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
OKSEA
ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS

Though repurposing shipping containers in not new, OKSea intervenes successfully in its siting to establish a sense of place and containment at this urban edge location  Interior environments overcome the persistence of the module  The intent as a mobile, re-locatable catalyst for neighborhood regeneration is a laudable sustainable concept.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC RESEARCH CENTER
OPN ARCHITECTS

Accomplished skillfully the intention to at simultaneously connect to the landscape and hover above it in a clean, elemental composition of distinct program functions  Jury applauded the responsible solar orientation and responsive skin development  Research in the Iowa Cornfields…an elegant solution.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
CHESAPEAKE BUILDING ONE
ELLIOTT + ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

Powerful contextual intervention within existing campus vocabulary of red brick  Clean, careful expression and rhythm of frame as container to inner sleeve of skin  Commitment to modern aesthetic, bright interiors and structural module consistently frame expansive exterior views.

MERIT – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
SHELTON MARSHALL RESIDENCE
EL DORADO INC

Impressed by the use of the topography of the site to create privacy, containment and engagement within the surrounding landscape.  A modest home with edited pallet and skillful compositional use of dark wood planes as a predominate design strategy.

HONOR – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
CAREER ACADEMY OF PELLA
NEUMANNN MONSON ARCHITECTS

Complex site topography, multiple entry/access requirements are resolved extremely well in this shoebox shaped building  Siting into the grain of topography and retraining wall strategy is economical and central to the project’s success  Use of translucent panels, garage doors and horizontal coursing animate and control the scale of the main façade against the adjacent residential neighborhood beautifully  Clear plan organization and straightforward interiors will prove durable overtime.

HONOR – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOPE
BNIM

Commitment to contrast, light and dark and texture with daylight, make each move matter, each window, each slot, each bend, curve, fold or slit in the chapel, so carefully done  Sparse interiors, stream lined pallet, exposed bones of the building keep one aware of simple things  This is a religious, timeless place  Clear expansion plan will only amplify the power of the diagram.

HONOR – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE: POCKET-SIZED POWER
SHIVE-HATTERY

Raises infrastructure high as civic art and reinforces the critical importance of architectural design in these function and equipment-driven commissions  Exquisite massing through inventive organization of equipment, composition of volumes reinforced by such a carefully edited and detailed material pallet.  Rotated ribbing is masterful in manipulating daylight, bringing restraint and complexity simultaneously.

HONOR – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
AEP FITNESS CENTER
ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS

Architects resisted any temptation to violate the purity of the hovering barrel vault form, and enter it simply and successfully.  Consistency in the detailing throughout from the routing of the mechanical ducts to the ribbing on the exterior of the vault which plays with daylight and night light  An elegant simple solution. The siting, only slightly raised in the landscape and containing outdoor spaces, is extraordinary  Photography!!!!!

HONOR – EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
ADAM ARONSON FINE ARTS CENTER AT LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK
TRIVERS ASSOCIATES

Sculptural and deferential to the historic house, this gallery is a skillful interpretation of traditional agrarian forms, materials and textures  Jury enjoyed the way in which daylight slips in to lighten and amplify the carefully folding roof  Sits lightly in an extraordinary registration of the building into its setting  Simple interiors reframe the big moves with streamlined palette.

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