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    AIA Honor Awards 2006


    The simple geometric forms of the new buildings, rendered in white plaster, respect the scale, texture, and articulation of their existing neighbors, while adding a clearly modern flavor. The jury commented: "This is a beautiful job of restoration architecture... It is appropriately modest, weaving a museum into the fabric of this Mediterranean city... New portions were simply and elegantly inserted in and around the 16th-century castle, the outdoor courtyards, and the city streets."

    Interior Architecture

    The AIA Honor Awards for Interior Architecture went to diverse projects, from small retail to large, open office environments. Design creativity was evident in everything from edgy futuristic visions to minimal interventions in aged industrial settings.

    One award, for instance, went to an office space for the fast-growing London advertising agency Mother London. Clive Wilkinson Architects, and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects were asked to triple the staff workspace in a high-ceilinged warehouse and to capture the organization's unusual corporate culture.

    Everyone in the firm works around a single work table, which has grown progressively larger as the staff has expanded. The 250-foot- (76-meter-) long cast-in-place concrete table is configured like a racetrack. All surfaces, including the floors, are painted white, and architect-designed seven-foot- (two-meter-) long lampshades padded with acoustic foam dampen sound in the open space.

    The jury described this interior design as: "unconventional and appropriate to the creative brainstorming methodology of a high-profile, internationally competitive ad agency... [showing a] level of creativity and imagination equal to the ambition of the client."

    Regional and Urban Design

    The eight projects receiving 2006 AIA Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognized projects that "demonstrated the application of sustainable design principles to creatively use open space and density to advance social, economic and environmental health," said jury chair Diane T. Georgopulos, FAIA.

    She continued: "Some projects were of significant excellence because of the masterful coordination of open space, access corridors, and built form within historic, brownfield, or institutional urban contexts. Other projects invented new analytical techniques that hold promise to become approaches the profession may profitably employ in the future."

    One of the honor awards went to North Point. a proposed 5.2-million-square-foot (483,000-square-meter) neighborhood on a 45-acre (18-hectare) parcel serving the municipalities of Cambridge, Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts. Architects CBT/ Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc. and Greenberg Consultants plan to transform a former railroad yard into a mixed-use community.

    The plan calls for 20 new city blocks, a state-of-the-art Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority transit station, 10 acres (4 hectares) of green space with a large central park, an extension of the Minuteman Bike Trail, nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) of
    new roadway and utility infrastructure, plus a wide array of public amenities and improvements. The buildings will house 2,700 residential units, 2.2 million square feet (204,000 square meters) of office space, and 150,000 square feet (14,000 square meters) of retail.

    The jury commented that this is an "exemplar of how good density through high-quality urban development will remake 21st-century American cities."   >>>

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    One of the AIA Honor Awards for Architecture went to the Museo Picasso Malaga, Spain, designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects and Camara/ Martin Delgado Arquitectos.
    Photo: Gluckman Mayner Architects

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    Frieder Burda Collection Museum, Baden-Baden, Germany, by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP, with Peter W. Kruse-Freier Architekt.
    Photo: Roland Halbe Fotografie

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    TRUMPF Customer and Administration Building, Ditzingen, Germany, by Barkow Leibinger Architects.
    Photo: David Franck

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    Washington State Legislative Building Rehabilitation, Olympia, Washington, by SRG Partnership Inc., with Einhorn Yaffee Prescott.
    Photo: Dick Milligan/ Washington State Department of General Administration

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    Visiting Artists House, Geyserville, California, by Jim Jennings Architecture.
    Photo: Tim Griffith

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    Bigelow Chapel, New Brighton, Minnesota, by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Inc.
    Photo: Paul Warchol

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    Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center, University of Cincinnati, by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners and glaserworks architecture and urban design.
    Photo: Alan Karchmer

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    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, with Perkins Eastman Architects PC.
    Photo: Albert Vecerka


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