North Carolina AIA Awards 2004
A low, flat-roofed "private spine" was built on the existing foundation. It is bisected by a new "public spine" characterized by open volumes, industrial steel windows, an arched roof, and large sliding doors that open to a garden and koi pond. Large overhangs and Kalwall clerestories contribute daylight without exacerbating summer overheating. Utilitarian steel framing and concrete block walls contrast with elegant wood finishes to set a casual yet artistic tone.
Honoring New Construction
One of the two all-new buildings receiving an AIANC honor award is the Health Sciences Building at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. This is an academic and vocational facility for practicum training within the college's nursing program.
The building's composition of solid and transparent materials presents a different facade to each orientation, responding to conditions of site and context. The building service core is a solid, while transparency is achieved through variations in a curtain wall composed of vision, spandrel, and fritted glass. At the pedestrian level, the building base is recessed, breaking down the vertical building mass and responding to lower adjacent structures.
The plan of the 75,300-square-foot (7000-square-meter) building is organized around a ring corridor with offices and smaller classrooms on the perimeter and larger training laboratories and assembly rooms in the interior. With the exception of the service core, the floor space is flexible enough to accommodate future program changes.
A single-family residence in Chapel Hill was designed by Gomes + Staub for a sloped site. The primary interior spaces of the Webb Dotti House front an elevated landscaped terrace, intended to recall traditional front porches, in contrast to the more common contemporary solution of locating private outdoor spaces to the rear.
The east and west wings are distinct from each other and separated by a glazed slot. The single-level downhill wing contains the living spaces, while the two-story uphill wing contains bedrooms, a study, and, at the back, a covered carport. The house is supported on a concrete and concrete block base, with wood framing and cypress siding above.
Also of Merit
Four projects received merit awards in the AIANC program. One is the Buffaloe Road Athletic Park in Raleigh by BBH Design, a former office of NBBJ. The bathroom building and maintenance shed for a city park are two simple shed-roofed structures that face each other across an open space.
In the local vernacular tradition, the shed forms resemble farm structures. The columns and roofs were sized and shaped to recall the trees and canopies of pine forests, while the concrete block base represents rock outcroppings.
A new life-sciences laboratory designed by the firm Kling for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in White Oak, Maryland is the first phase of a new federal campus that will eventually support 8000 FDA researchers. The new building houses chemical and biological analysis laboratories. Linear rows of offices are "laminated" onto each side of the lab core, with horizontal windows articulated to indicate varying office modules.
The as yet unbuilt Phillips House in North Wilkesboro, designed by KennethHobgood Architects, is a 600-square-foot (56-square-meter), off-the-grid weekend house in the mountains. To leave the site as natural as possible, most of the house, except the poured concrete foundations and one wall, will be fabricated off site in four linear sections.
The Tyndall Gallery in Chapel Hill is a retail fine arts gallery located in a shopping mall. Chapel Hill architect Phillip Szostak Associates designed the intentionally minimalist interior to accommodate a tight budget and to ensure the spatial and material qualities do not compete with the artwork on display.
The Durham Solid Waste Operations Facility, by The Freelon Group Inc., is a demonstration of large-scale recyling. A 1930s-vintage brick incinerator building, which had been closed for 40 years, was converted to administrative functions. The architects glazed the large exterior wall openings and wrapped the new construction in corrugated metal. While the existing materials were exposed externally, the interior was given a more finished look.
The 2004 AIANC awards jury members were: Julie Snow, FAIA, Julie Snow Architects, Inc.; Chuck Knight, AIA, Perkins & Will; Ralph Rapson, FAIA, Ralph Rapson & Associates, Inc.; and David Salmela, FAIA, Salmela Architecture and Design.
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