North Carolina AIA Awards 2002
Fourteen architectural projects from across the state of North Carolina were selected in August, 2002, for special recognition by the state's chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Projects recognized include new work and renovations of historic structures.
One of the new projects, the United Church of Chapel Hill, by Cherry Huffman Architects, is described as a "21st-century meeting house," in a nod both to the historic roots of the nondenominational Christian congregation and to their desire for a modern place of worship. Central to the design is a response to a long, narrow site that slopes steeply down to a stream. The change in grade allows for classrooms on the bottom floor opening directly to a playground. The jury commented that they appreciated the way light comes into the sanctuary. "This may be an example of traditional modernism — if there is such a thing. Spirited elements within the window elevations animate the project. The planes that constitute the space capture and add a generous amount of light."
One of three projects to receive an honor award was the Scott + Stringfellow Office Fit-up in Raleigh, North Carolina, designed by Gomes + Staub PLLC. Located in the ground floor of a 1983 building, this renovation establishes a front reception/conference area and a back open workspace for a financial planning practice. The design retains much of the existing construction and adds custom office pieces of cherry veneer and painted steel. The jury found this to be an "elegant composition and a sophisticated space. We're impressed by the overall restraint of the project and the presentation given a limited budget." They were particularly impressed with the detailing and the black and white photo presentation.
Another award recipient is the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, designed by FMK Architects. Their challenge was to insert a secular building into the ruin of a former church that had been destroyed by fire. The new facility houses artists' studio spaces, shops, and gallery. To maximize flexible studio space without losing the character of the historic stone ruin, the architects inserted a new steel structure, exposed on the interior, leaving an open ceiling and incorporating simple, light-reflecting interior finishes. The jury commented: "The project gains strength from the building envelope and the insertion of new activity within the skeleton. The clerestory windows are a stroke of ingenuity."
The jury for the 2002 AIA North Carolina awards program were all principal partners with firms in Pennsylvania: Bernard J. Cywinski, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Daniela Holt Voith, AIA, Voith &MacTavish Architects; and James Winkler, AIA, Converse Winkler Architecture.
The United Church of Chapel Hill, by Cherry Huffman Architects, was one of the recent recipients of a 2002 AIA North Carolina design award.
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Scott + Stringfellow Office Fit-up in Raleigh, North Carolina, designed by Gomes + Staub PLLC.
Photo: Gomes + Staub PLLC
The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, designed by FMK Architects.
Photo: Chuck Choi/ Architectural Photography
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