Seattle Design Awards
In November 2002, as a highlight of their yearly "Celebrate Architecture" festivities, AIA Seattle announced the results of its 51st annual design awards program. In honoring Washington architecture, the jury commended both clients and architects for their sensitivity to the Washington landscape.
Of the four projects receiving top honors, the only nonresidential one was the campus for the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College — five buildings and two parking garages on 127 acres (51 hectares). Architects NBBJ placed the buildings on the upland portion of the site, leaving the rest for wetlands restoration. Built up only with boardwalks to protect the delicate land, the wetlands serves as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges' science and ecology programs. The campus buildings are inspired by a "lodge" theme of protective overhangs, sloped roofs, and brick exteriors. The jury commented: "Design professionals will appreciate the second- or third-generation references to the modernist language of Charles Moore and Edward Larrabee Barnes, which really shows its adaptability in this design."
The Chicken Point Cabin in Northern Idaho, by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, was built with the theme: "big window, little house." This lakeside shelter has a 30- by 20-foot (9- by 6-meter) window wall that literally opens the entire living space to the forest and lake. The cabin is a low-maintenance concrete block box with a plywood insert and a 4-foot (122-centimeter) diameter steel fireplace. Materials are left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina to fit in with the natural setting. The jury described the cabin as a "little machine of a house that makes big moves with a small palette... We see here an order of perfect relationships, but with humor — a truly outstanding achievement."
Cutler Anderson Architects designed the Reeve Residence, at Salmon Point, Lopez Island, Washington, to be "unobtrusive in a powerful waterfront landscape." Nestled into a cliff face, the house blends with the surrounding stone on the view side and with the forest on the inland side. The sod roof is pitched to match the angle of the adjacent weathered trees to further blend it with the dominant land form. Three separate elements — the bunkhouse, the greatroom, and the master suite — are covered by one roof to diminish the visual impact of the building. The jury said: "A collection of structures responds in a beautifully refined way to the site. The forms combine with strength and clarity, connecting the internal and the external experiences to create a reverie of the landscape."
In the more mountainous terrain of western Montana, the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the Point House on a large lake surrounded by forest and wetlands. The site called for a delicate intervention that maintained the natural beauty of the land while allowing year-round access in a climate with extreme seasons. A long linear wall of Cor-ten steel slices through the site and organizes the various building elements. The living spaces face south to the lake and open onto a wood deck running the length of the house. The edge separating the inside from the landscape is intentionally blurred with tall walls of glass and large sliding panels. The jury noted the "...masterly use of materials, detailing, and the capture of views and light. Separately and cumulatively, they create a wonderful experience of a special place. Age and rust will only improve it."
The 2002 AIA Seattle design jury included Rick Joy, principal of Rick Joy Architects, Tucson, Arizona; Reed Kroloff, former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine; educator David M. Scott, FAIA; and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, principal of Leers Weinzapfel Architects, Boston.
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The Point House In Montana by the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Photo: Dan Bibb
The Chicken Point Cabin in Northern Idaho, by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects.
Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Cutler Anderson Architects designed the Reeve Residence overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Photo: Art Grice Photography
For its work on the campus of the University of Washington Bothell/ Cascadia Community College, NBBJ was one of four recipients of a 2002 Honor Award from AIA Seattle.
Photo: Tim Griffith
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