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    Coverings Awards 2006


    Around the 18th floor of this 23-story structure, Gilbert had placed colonnade finials and finished the undersides of the arched windows with mosaics of yellow, green, blue, and red terracotta tile. The team reused original granite wherever possible and developed a method for removal and reinstallation of nearly the entire north elevation in just eight weeks. What impressed the Prism jury was the "brilliant engineering feat" in managing time and location constraints while preserving the historic integrity of the building.

    The first-prize Prism award in the institutional category went to the recent expansion of the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, designed by Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture, with stonework by Rocky Mountain Stone. The addition to the three-decade-old museum sports a variety of materials including travertine stone, copper, colorful stucco, and glass.

    These materials help the building blend into its southwestern landscape and complement the expanded sculpture garden. The judges found "bold, inventive, dynamic counterpoints of texture and modern form" throughout the project.

    Top honors in Prism's residential category went to architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen for his design of a picturesque stone house in Snowmass Village, Aspen, Colorado. The sandstone exterior walls inspired the jury to describe it as "connected with the landscape" and "part of the site in the most natural way."

    Jacobsen chose the palette of stone, both inside and outside the house, to complement the famous fall colors of the Aspen trees. This visual blending with the mountain helps to reduce the apparent massiveness of the house. The interior floors are by Olean Stone of Denmark, and the exterior walkways are paved with natural cleft Pennsylvania Bluestone.

    Spectrum Awards

    The grand prize in the Spectrum awards program, which honors outstanding use of ceramic tile, went to a mural in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Arena. Artist Mike Mandel, of Watertown, Massachusetts created a mosaic of portraits of athletes by combining computer technology with old-world craftsmanship.

    Over 100 colors of unglazed porcelain and glass mosaic tile were installed by D&M Contract Flooring to compose a mural that spans a large interior wall of the arena lobby. Each one-inch (25-millimeter) square tile is equivalent to an electronic pixel.

    The institutional-category Spectrum award went to Twin Dolphin Mosaics for the floor of the atrium of the Southern Oregon University Library in Ashland, Oregon. Solid-body porcelain tile was fractured into irregular chip shapes and sizes then composed into a colorful pattern of interweaving, spiraling ribbons. Besides enlivening the space, the tile makes the floor surface easy to maintain without fading under heavy traffic.

    The commercial Spectrum award went to Cravillion Tile & Stone for their work on a public women's restroom decorated with over 120 hand-painted tiles. Artist Cynthia Consentino made colorful and fanciful representations of hats, handbags, underwear, and jewelry. The tile installation was a challenge, requiring a precise fit within the space and a process different from conventional tile-laying methods. The contractor laid the tile vertically top to bottom, right to left.

    In the residential category, Interior Design Imports, architect Andrew Wright, contractor Kevin Greenslate, and installer Bell Tile shared honors for a spa pavilion in a house in San Diego, California. They used ceramic tile in combination with stone mosaic and vintage Spanish terracotta pavers. The tile was not only decorative, it served to integrate the architectural space with door surrounds, wainscoting, and an arched shower entryway.

    The Spectrum jury also awarded special recognition to Sonia King Mosaics. In four ceramic-tile murals for the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, shiny, matte, and iridescent glazed tiles went into upbeat compositions of childhood icons — balloons, numbers, shapes, and objects from nature. The surface invites a child's touch and is easy to clean and maintain.

    A second special recognition award for Architectural Excellence went to Michael P. Johnson for a Scottsdale, Arizona house. For the wall covering of the living areas Johnson used 24- by 48-inch (60- by 120-centimeter) monochromatic porcelain tiles to articulate a contemporary minimalism.

    The jury for the Prism Stone in Architecture Awards included Rick Nelson, AIA, Booth Hansen Associates, Chicago, IL; Richard Becker, AIA, Becker Architects, Chicago; Steve Burns, AIA, Burns+Beyeri Architects, Inc., Chicago; and, Chuck Muehlbauer, MIA Technical Director. The Prism Awards competition also is sponsored by the Marble Institute of America and Architectural Record.

    The jury for the Spectrum Awards included Wendy Goodman, design editor of New York Magazine, style editor of Departures, and contributing editor of Elle Décor; Jennifer Adams, editor of Stone World and Contemporary Tile and Stone magazines; Christine Abbate, Assopiastrelle (Tile of Italy); Bob Daniels and Shannon Woodmansee, Tile Council of North America; and Mary Anne Piccirillo, ASCER (Tile of Spain). The Spectrum Awards competition also is sponsored by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and the National Tile Contractors Association.   >>>

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    Grand prize for his year's Prism Stone in Architecture Awards went to the restoration of the 90 West Street Building, New York, designed by Cass Gilbert.
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    Reconstruction of the granite facade.
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    The Prism award in the institutional category went to the recent expansion of the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.
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    The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.
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    Stone detail, Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.
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    The residential Prism first prize went to architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen for a house in Aspen, Colorado.
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    House in Aspen.
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    Interior stone, house in Aspen.
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