Yesterday was a big day for about thirty architectural practices in NY, as the AIANY 2015 Design Awards winners were announced at the Center for Architecture. With that many winners to congratulate, the celebration had to be fast paced and condensed. We had an image for each honoured entry and members of the jury would quickly explain what they liked about the project. This award celebrates a variety of different styles. Every project is very well realized, with very neat details, but the quality of architecture is also judged upon its ability to engage in contemporary debates such as public space, community involvement, affordable housing, resiliency, and so on.
With no further due, let me present you the winning entries, with comments from jurors:
Architecture – honor awards
National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York, NY, by Davis Brody Bond. The project, in a sensitive context, manages to develop a very qualitative space, namely in terms of materials and light.
Henderson-Hopkins School, Baltimore, MD, by Rogers Partners. The architects were appreciated for rewriting the program to include public spaces.
Songpa Micro Housing, Seoul, Korea, by SsD. These micro units address a real urban problem, social and economic concerns producing spatial and material quality, offering an effective solution.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Brooklyn, NY, by Weiss/Manfredi. Landscape and building fuse together to create public space.
Architecture – merit awards
Village Health Works Staff Housing, Kigutu, Burundi, by Louise Braverman.It is a modest intervention but real rethinking of local typology, namely in terms of interaction of public and private spaces.
Pier Two at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY, by the architects Maryann Thompson and Evan Mathison. Exactly the right level of design needed was achieved here. The program developed is also a sign of an envisioned agenda.
University Center – The New School, New York, NY, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This building hosts different programs. It is a contemporary building which is not all in glass! Above alll, it continues the street movement, and features a very creative circulation system.
We went through this section very quickly and jurors did not comment much. They applauded the quality of execution, which was very high in every entry and added that interior projects are very much depending on the clients. Here are the awarded architects:
St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York, NY, by Clouds Architecture Office
Photographer’s Loft, New York, NY, by Desai Chia Architecture
Chilewich, New York, NY, by de-spec
Restoration of the Nave of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT, by Helpern Architects
Cornell Sibley Hall, Ithaca, NY, by LEVENBETTS
David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, New York, NY, by LTL Architects
David Yurman Headquarters, New York, NY, by Lynch / Eisinger / Design
The Guidance Center, Long Beach, CA, by Lynch / Eisinger / Design
Projects – honor awards
Rethinking Refugee Communities, by Ennead Architects. This project is more about institution, ethics and social responsibility of architects. See more here.Hy-Fi, Queens, NY, by The Living. This installation from the MoMA PS1 Young architects program is a research work that speaks through and opens new doorways for architecture.
Projects – merit awards
The Lowline, New York, NY, by raad. This projects developed light collectors technology. What is also interesting is this different levels approach, with light coming from the street to the underground level. Learn more about this great project here.
Urban design – honor award
Beijing Horticultural Exposition Masterplan and Pavilions, Beijing, China, by WORK Architecture Company, SCAPE, SLAB and Studio Zhu Pei. Lifecycle is considered here and important questions about the future of cities are tackled.
Urban design – merit awards
Nine by Eighteen (9×18), New York, NY, by Sagi Golan and Peterson Rich Office. Here is a good idea that brings solutions to a real urban problem. The future depends less on buildings and more on space around the buildings, on the social fabrics of the city.