2000 Business Week / Architectural Record Awards
The design features a ramp leading down from the second-floor glass-enclosed entryway. Those descending the ramp see the agency's work projected on a series of theatrical scrims.
The design competition jury concluded that this architecture "reflects the creative culture of the advertising industry. The use of the processional ramp overlooking a loft-like environment is a bold statement, and the 'industrial set design' approach reflects the raw, spontaneous, cutting-edge image that the client was seeking. It's an exuberant space."
Moving from art to engineering, the Valeo Thermal Systems Technical Center, in Auburn Hills, Michigan, by Davis Brody Bond, was intended to consolidate the company's administrative, design, testing, and research facilities. The building is zoned into public spaces, engineering team areas, and a high-bay testing laboratory. The interlocking of programs within the towers, as well as interior light wells, encourage interaction between the design teams and the testing facility.
The company reports more interaction between divisions, stronger relationships within design teams, and greater flexibility in staffing and adjusting teams. The jury commends the project on aligning the architectural environment with the mission and collaborative values of the company.
Sticks, Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa, by Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture, brought together artists, architects, and business owners. They redefined the workflow for a rapidly growing artists studio specializing in the design and production of contemporary art objects made from fallen timber.
The client wanted to create a work atmosphere for employee inspiration and productivity. The communal work environment is housed in a standard tilt-up building which also provides views, ample daylight, and ventilation. The savings accrued from lower construction costs went toward employee benefits, recruitment, and retention.
According to the jury, "This building is a wonderful embodiment of the blend of art, craft, and nature, which is the essence of the business it enables. The collaboration between artists and architects created a delightful, light-filled work environment that has increased efficiency and product quality."
The Fukuoka Prefectural and International Hall, in Fukuoka, Japan, by Emilio Ambasz, Nihon Sekkei, and Takenaka Corp., reconciles a developer's desire for profitable use of a building site with the public's need for open green space in a dense city.
A portion of the building is devoted to public and municipal operations; the rest is revenue producing. While the building's north face presents a formal, urban facade, the south side extends an existing public park up through a series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building. The project is both a user-friendly working environment and an easily accessible public building. The jury described this as an "interesting marriage of community and private enterprise."
The Children's Place Corporate Headquarters, in Secaucus, New Jersey, by Davis Brody Bond, sought to accommodate rapid staff growth, while creating an attractive work environment that promotes communication and idea exchange. The offices were to strengthen the connection between product design and merchandising and promoting efficient work practices.
The new facility creates many different settings for groups to work together, including a full-scale mock-up of the company's typical retail store. The jury noted that this integration of most aspects of the retailer's process is an ideal way to nurture a company-wide team culture and spur imagination.
The Mahindra United World College of India, in Maharashtra, by Christopher Charles Benninger & Associates, was established to help an international group of companies understand and promote globalism in its most positive sense. It seeks to attract an international community of teachers and students who will share and learn from each other surrounded by the mountainous Indian landscape and natural materials of the region.
The architecture is based on the alignment of the Mahadwara, or entrance gate, on the north-south axis. Drawing from the Indian concept of "energy centers and energy lines, various nodes and channels were celebrated through architectural motifs. The jury noted: "The project creates a community spirit that's an important part of learning. It resolves a contradiction well: It's of India, but is a place for everyone."
The Saint-Hyacinthe School of Trades and Technologies, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, by ABCP Architecture - Urbanisme, is part of a new strategy to enhance training. In this state-of-the-art trade school, students interact in an environment designed to enhance the quality of social development and encourage professional excellence and pride of workmanship.
The school's canopy is formed by a metal structure that supports a curved roof sheltering a large meeting place. The new building enjoys an energy savings of 25 percent annually and has become an important community center.
Says the jury, "This school succeeds on many levels. It ties all of the various trade programs together in an interesting social fabric; it celebrates the value of good workmanship with dignity and panache. This functional and efficient building not only enhances the activities within, but improves the image of what a trade school is all about."
The Rose Center for Earth and Space, of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, by the Polshek Partnership Architects had a mission "to discover, interpret, and disseminate through scientific research and education knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe."
To achieve this, a collaboration between client, architect, scientists, educators, and exhibit designer resulted in the extraordinary building. The jury noted: "the collaboration is very much in evidence in the near perfect balance of form and function, education and commerce. This could be the educational/ exhibition venue of the decade."
Design in Commerce
In Fukuoka, the city known as the "Venice of Japan" because of its heavy annual rainfall, the Iwataya Passage, by the WalkerGroup/CNI is an underground walkway linking a subway platform to the basement entrance of a large department store. Working with the theme of water, the passage is punctuated by three pedestrian bridges of steel, cables, and suspended glass.
The project resulted in a 12 percent increase in visitors, contributing to the overall profitability of the store. The awards jury commented: "The design has made the walkway compelling for shoppers and an enjoyable experience. It's an event in itself that goes beyond the store's business goal."
And, finally, the Hanjin Container Terminal Entry Complex, in Los Angeles, by Robert Stewart, AIA and Caldwell Architects, was designed to support expansion for one of the world's fastest growing ocean shipping lines. The architectural solution focused on increasing truck traffic flow and productivity by improving terminal organization. The complex has been able to double its traffic volume and raise the productivity bar for the industry.
The jury was impressed with the owner/ operator/ architect collaboration. "They tore apart the operation and rebuilt it piece by piece to match the flow of work and workplace activity. This project takes a very industrial and traditionally under-designed environment, and demonstrates the economic power of design by encompassing a huge scale operation with well thought-out detail."
Members of the 2000 Business Week/ Architectural Record Awards jury were:
Edward Ciffone, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Julie Anixter, Tompeters!company
Julie Eizenberg, Koning Eizenberg Architecture Inc.
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney & Jankowski Inc.
Robin M. Ellerthorpe, FAIA, OWP&P Architects, Inc.
Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Yvonne Szeto, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
James O. Jonassen, FAIA, NBBJ
Wilson Pollock, FAIA, president, ADD Inc
Eric Richert, AIA, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sticks, Inc. is a "wonderful embodiment of the blend of art, craft, and nature, which is the essence of the business it enables."
Photo: Farshid Assassi
The south side of the Fukuoka Prefectural and International Hall extends an existing park through a series of terraced gardens.
Photo: Hiromi Watanabe & Kouji Okamoto
The Children's Place Corporate Headquarters creates many different settings for groups to work together, including a full-scale mock-up of the company's typical retail store.
Photo: Paul Warchol
At the Mahindra United World College of India, an international community of teachers and students learn from each other, surrounded by the mountainous landscape and natural materials of the region.
Photo: Christopher Charles Benninger & Associates
The Saint-Hyacinthe School of Trades and Technologies ties its various trade programs together into one social fabric. It "celebrates the value of good workmanship with dignity and panache."
Photo: Denis Farley
The Rose Center for Earth and Space captures the public's attention while expressing its progressive missions of research and education
in the natural sciences.
Photo: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO Photographics
In the Iwataya Passage, a simple pedestrian walkway for shoppers becomes an enjoyable experience.
Photo: Nishinihon Shaba Fukuoka
The new Hanjin Container Terminal demonstrates the economic power of design by encompassing a large-scale operation with thoughtful design
Photo: Tom Boner
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