Chicago AIA Awards 2008
For another Chicago interiors project, Harley Ellis Devereaux put a red, dome-shaped structure at center stage in the new headquarters for an ad agency. Located within an open, multistory space and visible from all three floors of offices in the AbelsonTaylor Corporate Headquarters, the Red Balloon cafe serves as a physical reminder of a landmark ad campaign. Other symbols of creativity include egg-shaped light fixtures, wavy walls, and bold colors. A "main street" provides ample space for the agency to display examples of its work.
Another honor award for interior architecture went to Torchia Associates, Inc. for the Burrell Communications Group interiors in Chicago.
Several unbuilt projects received AIA Chicago honor awards. Among them was Perkins + Will's design for King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The design features three terminals shaped in plan like paired crescents, with an undulating "veil" to connect the terminals and enclose their central spaces. This veil-like structure consists of a space frame between two glass skins: an exterior skin of coated glass with photovoltaics, and an absorptive interior skin to reduce glare.
The jury praised the architects for using "important Islamic geometry in ways that are not typical. They've stretched it and pulled it in new ways."
Studio Gang Architects was recognized for its design of Zhong Bang Village in Shanghai, China, a competition-winning design that was not built. In contrast to more typical new developments in China that array high-rise towers evenly across sites, creating car-dependent suburbs, Studio Gang's design applies the traditional Chinese courtyard-house typology to preserve open space in a high-density development.
The design called for a series of linked buildings that would start shorter near the river, and have smaller courtyards, then grow taller, with wider courtyards, at sites farther away from the river, culminating in a single high-rise tower.
The awards jury appreciated the variety of scales and the application of a traditional building style in an authentic, non-imitative way.
Three other unbuilt projects received honor awards: Holy Family Lutheran School in Chicago, by FGM Architects; Al Sharq Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Perkins + Will; and a proposed corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, by RTKL Associates Inc.
AIA Chicago also honored Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, FAIA, with a lifetime achievement award, recognizing her as a pioneer who has worked for equal status for women in the profession for over 50 years.
This is the 53rd year that AIA Chicago has given its Design Excellence Awards. In addition to the 13 honor awards, the design awards included 21 citations of merit and eight special recognitions across the four categories of distinguished building, divine detail, interior architecture, and unbuilt designs.
The 2008 awards jury comprised four separate teams, one for each of the four categories.
Distinguished Building: Brian Healy, AIA, Brian Healy Architects Boston, Massachusetts; R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, New Orleans, Louisiana; Ming Fung, AIA, Hodgetts + Fung, Culver City, California.
Divine Detail: Tom Polucci, AIA, HOK, Chicago; Ann Temple, AIA, Beaux Bo Properties/ Ann Temple Architects, Chicago; Paul Florian, FAIA, Florian Architects, Chicago.
Interior Architecture: Rysia Suchecka, NBBJ, Seattle, Washington; David Mexico, Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design; New York City; Fernando Brave, AIA, Brave Associates, Houston, Texas.
Unbuilt: Ellen Bailey Dickson, AIA, Bailey Edward Design, Chicago; Howard Kagan, AIA, Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan, McKay Penney; Chicago; Thomas Shafer, AIA, Grunsfeld Shafer Architects, Evanston, Illinois.
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