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    South Atlantic AIA Design Awards

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    The only other firm receiving an architecture honor award was Frank Harmon Architect of Raleigh, North Carolina. The "Sculptor's Studio" in Durham is a woodworking shop for a retired marine biology professor. The studio was made with a skeleton of built-up wood frames within a skin of galvanized metal. A roof monitor admits north light, and a large window and porch offer quiet views to the wooded hillside. A crane rail delivers the sculptor's raw material: one-ton logs. The architects wanted the studio to express the craft of construction.

    The jury observed: "This carefully thought-through project ends up being sculptural in itself. The interior continues to the outside in a purposeful way. We like the extruded sections used to bring light directly into the project. The building has gone beyond its use into something very expressive while being regular and eccentric at the same time."

    Two more award winning projects from Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects are long, low structures in Georgia towns: the Lee B. Philmon Branch Library in Riverdale and the Herman Miller Cherokee Operations in Canton.

    Corralled by sprawling suburbia, the library asserts itself with sharp, abstract geometries. The furniture manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facility has a relationship to its site which, in the words of the jury, could be a model for environmental consideration with this type of industrial project. "We loved the way it continues architectural treatment into landscape."

    The SAR design awards program also included interior projects. One of the two honor award recipients in this category was Incara Pharmaceuticals in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina by BBH Design. "What could have been a 6 by 60-foot (2 by 18-meter) corridor," said the jury, "becomes an animated, effective social space for collaboration and display. Thoughtful detailing of sliding panels, shelving, and daylight panels makes for an improvisational and responsive workplace."

    This project is an example of the current trend to make laboratories less an environment for equipment and more a gathering place for researchers who can enjoy the psychological benefits of daylight and greenery. Now that robots and computer simulations are replacing bench science, architects are giving researchers new laboratory environments that facilitate the exchange of ideas and bring together experts of many disciplines.

    Another interiors honor award went to AV Metro in Raleigh, North Carolina by Cannon Architects. This 5,500-square-foot (510-square-meter) office and storage building is a modified pre-engineered structure designed for an audio/ visual production company. The exterior features two public faces grafted onto the pre-engineered frame. The simple interior is divided into functional areas by off-the-shelf panels resembling the exterior materials.

    Custom-designed furniture is blended with the classic manufactured furniture of Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. Observes the jury: "...a clean, well lighted, and calming space. Luminous and transparent materials bring light deep into the plan... while subtle jolts of color further animate the experience."

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    The SAR chapter serves the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The architecture design awards jury included Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; Joseph Valerio, FAIA of Valerio DeWalt Train Associates; and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA of Leers Weinzapfel Associates. The interiors jury included Laura Hartman of Fernau & Hartman Architects; Mark McInturff, FAIA of McInturff Architects in Bethesda, Maryland; and Thomas McWalters, AIA of Gary Lee Partners.

     

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    A sculptor's studio by Frank Harmon Architect is one of the recipients of a design award from the South Atlantic Region of the AIA.
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    Lee B. Philmon Branch Library in Riverdale, Georgia, by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam.
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    Herman Miller Cherokee Operations in Canton, Georgia, by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam.
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    A laboratory by BBH Design for Incara Pharmaceuticals in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina received an interior design honor award.
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    AV Metro in Raleigh, North Carolina by Cannon Architects.
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