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AIA Honor Awards 2005

by ArchitectureWeek

Outstanding architecture has once again been given a spotlight with the announcement of the 2005 AIA Honor Awards. With a geographic range from Vancouver to Rome, and a range of types from urban highrises to rural hay barns, these works demonstrate distinctive and imaginative responses to place and function.

Thomas W. Ventulett, III, FAIA, chair of the American Institute of Architects jury spoke about the diversity represented by these award-winning buildings. "The recipient projects varied dramatically in program, complexity, scale, site, and typology," he said. "Yet each presented a sensitive and inventive response to its distinct location and special program. Whether a barn or a great urban library, a house or a beautiful church... each illustrated a spirit and ingenuity that inspires both the user and the viewer."

One of the beautiful churches was designed by American firm Richard Meier & Partners Architects for a housing quarter outside central Rome. In the Jubilee Church, the Holy Trinity is symbolized in the triangular site and in the three concrete shells that, with the spine-wall, make the body of the nave.

The paved sagrato to the east of the church extends into the heart of a neighboring housing complex and provides a plaza for public assembly. The jury commented: "It is an oasis a light-filled refuge which offers a sense of promise and optimism about the future... Tremendous ingenuity in constructing the spherical sails, with beautiful detailing and freshness."   >>>

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The Jubilee Church in Rome, by Richard Meier & Partners Architects was one of 13 projects to receive a 2005 AIA Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture.
Photo: Richard Bryant

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The Jubilee Church interior is formed by three curved shells representing the Holy Trinity.
Photo: Richard Bryant


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