Northwest and Beyond
The BP Energy Center was designed to form an edge to the adjacent forest, providing opportunities for discovery in its natural setting. Conference rooms are cantilevered out into the forest canopy. Long, thin horizontal windows, inspired by the patterns of Alaskan birch bark, reveal dramatic views of trees and sky.
A second Pacific Northwest award went to Suyama Peterson Deguchi for the Fauntleroy Residence in Seattle. The community in which the house is located was developed at the turn of the last century. The site is a narrow beachfront lot with three existing structures — a modest main house and two rustic cabins. The panoramic views to Puget Sound and the mountains are framed by four tall fir trees planted by the original owner.
The new house was designed as a minimalist counterpoint to the rustic cabins. Wherever possible, archeological remnants of the site were preserved. From the street, the house looks like a simple one-story structure. But from inside the entry gate, it appears to expand.
The house is a sequence of spaces with exterior courtyards and interior spaces woven together. Reflecting pools recall the distant views of water. The large open plan contrasts with the tight spaces of the cabins. A lowered master bedroom allows uninterrupted views from the main space.
Two of the four honor awards went to projects in Korea: Uri Village, on Kwanghwa Island by architects Byoungsoo Cho + Helen Pank, and the Village of Dancing Fish, Paju, also by Byoungsoo Cho Architects. Both projects are live/work facilities for young adults with mental disabilities. Key design criteria were clarity of orientation, safety for occupants, and limited budgets.
In Uri Village, spaces for vocational education and work are housed in a linear building, while a round building with an inner court is the place for eating and sleeping. The circular home is surrounded by a covered deck offering an outdoor place protected from rain and sun. This separation of building masses also gives daylight and cross ventilation to most interior spaces.
In the Village of Dancing Fish, the focus is outward, toward the surrounding farm: an open field, a greenhouse, and a pond. A new dormitory building was designed to embrace the natural setting. The primary ecological consideration was to minimize site disturbance. An irregular repetition of box-like clusters of two or three rooms, separated by informal gathering spaces, characterizes the informal layout.
The plywood boxes and their roofs slope gently up the hill. The continuous corrugated metal roof provides protection from the harsh summer rain and sun and allows for cross ventilation even during the rainy season. In both projects, the rainwater falls from the roof without gutters, and open gravel trenches redirect the surface water.
Receiving awards of merit were Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc., for the Loyola Jesuit Center in Portland, Oregon; BOORA Architects for the Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Arts in Davis, California; The Miller/Hull Partnership for the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center and for the Willamette Drinking Water Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, Oregon; and dwp CL3 for the Lantern Wonderland, Victoria Park, Hong Kong.
The AIA's Northwest and Pacific Region chapter reaches out to members in Alaska, Guam/Micronesia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. This year's jury included: Marsha Maytum, FAIA, Leddy Maytum Stacey Architects; Robert Ivy, FAIA, McGraw-Hill Construction; Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger Architects; and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, Pugh + Scarpa.
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Uri Village, on Kwanghwa Island, Korea, by architects Byoungsoo Cho + Helen Pank, is one of the four recipients of an award of honor from the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region chapter.
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Award-winning Village of Dancing Fish in Paju, Korea, by Byoungsoo Cho Architects.
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The Loyola Jesuit Center in Portland, Oregon, by Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc., received an award of merit from the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region chapter.
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Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Arts, in Davis, California, designed by BOORA Architects.
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Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, designed by The Miller/Hull Partnership, LLP.
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Lantern Wonderland, Victoria Park, Hong Kong, designed by dwp CL3.
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Willamette Drinking Water Treatment Plant, in Wilsonville, Oregon, by The Miller/Hull Partnership, LLP.
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