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    Chicago AIA Awards


    Classrooms are oriented around a two-story multipurpose room. This "living room," decorated with multilingual graphics, is designed to reinforce the school's mission to create a learning community. The use of corrugated metal echoes the area's industrial past. "It's a fresh take on schools," commented one awards juror. "Most schools don't take this kind of risk. It's very contemporary and at the same time open and light."

    Around the world, another honor award went to the Airport Cologne/Bonn Bahnhof, designed by Chicago architecture firm Murphy/Jahn. Located in the heart of the airport, the new train station connects air terminals with the local and regional high-speed train networks. The platform of the 1360-foot- (414-meter) long station lies below grade, under a long glass roof.

    The lightweight steel roof structure consists of 27 thin steel arches , spaced on 20-foot (6-meter) centers, spanning 122 feet (37 meters), connected by a welded steel tube structure supporting the low-iron laminated glazing. The lightness and transparency of the roof is said to create a feeling of being outdoors even though the station is fully weather protected.

    "What a delightful arrival at any time of day or night," said one juror. "It's filled with light during the day, and a glow at night. The architect has spun a beautiful gossamer web of glass and metal over this tunnel."

    In the town of Peru, Illinois, the Carus Residence, by Brininstool + Lynch Ltd., is one of several AIA Chicago residential award recipients. Situated on a large flat site, this house evokes the image of horizontal Midwestern agricultural buildings. The house for a family of five is L-shaped and oriented to the lot's perimeter.

    Facing the street to the north, the house itself acts as a privacy screen for the pool area and yard. The living/dining area, with floor-to-ceiling glazing, faces south to benefit from the sun's warmth. Its windows all offer views across the yard to open vistas. "It's well organized in terms of public and private areas," said a juror. "They did a beautiful job bringing the outdoors in. The emphasis is on nature."

    Cement board panels and varied sizes and applications of redwood siding are wrapped over a steel frame to create the exterior skin of the Carus Residence. A screen porch uses the batten of a board-and batten pattern of siding found on adjacent exterior walls.

    Another honor-award-winning single-family house is in Chicago's DePaul neighborhood, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects. The three-story residence is made of two independent brick volumes connected by a central glass-enclosed stairwell. The subdivided volumes mask the overall size of the house of 5,500 square feet (510 square meters).

    Repeated punch openings characterize the front, but the rear volume's two-story window opens grandly to a patio that extends the informal living spaces of the kitchen and family room to the outdoors. "I like the way the architect broke down the massing of the house," one juror commented. "It's in scale with the neighborhood. The detailing of the outside is restrained and handsome, and the interiors, warm and full of life, suggest a livable house."

    A fifth "distinguished-building" honor award recipient is not really a building at all but a project that dwells among some of Chicago's most distinctive architecture. For the Wacker Drive Reconstruction Project, East-West, restoration consultant Johnson Lasky Architects and their collaborators rebuilt a roadway originally constructed between 1924 and 1926 as part of the famous 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett.

    The City of Chicago assembled a team of architects and engineers to replace the roadway structure and restore its historic elements limestone and granite cladding and bronze luminaires, plaques, and sculptures. To bring the road up to contemporary standards, they also designed new elements including cast-in-place and precast concrete structural components, streetscape plantings, railings, benches, and reproduction lighting.   >>>

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    One of the AIA Chicago honor awards for distinguished building went to the Airport Cologne/Bonn Bahnhof, designed by Murphy/Jahn.
    Photo: H.G. Esch, Esch Fotografie

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    The train station is covered by an arched, glazed roof.
    Photo: H.G. Esch, Esch Fotografie

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    The Carus Residence, by Brininstool + Lynch Ltd.
    Photo: Christopher Barrett/ Hedrich Blessing

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    The Carus Residence.
    Photo: Christopher Barrett/ Hedrich Blessing

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    Award-winning single-family house in Chicago's DePaul neighborhood, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects.
    Photo: Steve Hall/ Hedrich Blessing

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    DePaul residence.
    Photo: Steve Hall/ Hedrich Blessing

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    Chicago's Wacker Drive, restored by Johnson Lasky Architects.
    Photo: Ben Johnson, AIA, Johnson Lasky Architects

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    A "divine detail" award went to Chicago's Crown Fountain, designed by Krueck & Sexton.
    Photo: Steve Hall/ Hedrich Blessing


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