AIA Connecticut 2013 Design Awards

Celebrating the accomplishments of Connecticut architects and the excellence of Connecticut architectural projects.

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Built Design – Commercial, Institutional/Educational, Public/Municipal, Multi-Family, Interiors

Honor Awards

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Photographer: David Sundberg/Esto

Biomass Heating Facility, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Jeff Riley, FAIA, Centerbrook, CT

Jury comments:
A great synthesis: an idealized box with one roof, with only one penetration, undisturbed by intrusions. Normally this type of building is not done by an architect; it is a highly pragmatic piece of architecture that demonstrates how the design for these types of building should not be relegated to others. We commend the client for allowing the architect to bring poetry to biomass.

Lancaster History Museum, Lancaster, PA Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook, CT

Photographer: Peter Aaron/Esto

Lancaster History Museum, Lancaster, PA
Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook, CT

Jury comments:
The jury was surprised that the Pennsylvania Historical Museum supported this unexpectedly contemporary and fresh design for this type of institution. The jury appreciated the thoughtfulness and consideration by the architect of context, in terms of material and scale.

Laurel and Oak Halls, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA

Photographer: Anton Grassl / Esto Photographics

Laurel and Oak Halls, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA

Jury comments:
The jury appreciated the material selection, both interior and exterior: there is a harmony between them. The site diagram is strong; the auditorium is well crafted. The jury also appreciated the way illumination materials were introduced, the relationship between blocks, and the excellent landscaping scheme: the courtyards are inviting and well scaled. This is a building that students can use well.


Merit Awards

Torre Iberdrola, Bilbao, Spain Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Photographer: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Torre Iberdrola, Bilbao, Spain
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
In Europe, there is a comfort level between high and low rise buildings, viewed in an urban way, that is not the case in America. Bilbao is not afraid to put a high rise building in an 18th century fabric. There is a confidence in this project — the tower makes moves in an elegant way to reduce the mass of the base. The jury liked the variety of the base, with its interest and energy, and its relationship with the historic buildings around it and with the sleek, elegant tower.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - American Wing, New York, NY Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, Hamden, CT

Photographer: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – American Wing, New York, NY
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, Hamden, CT

Jury comments:
This is a very good example of a new museum typology of enclosed glass space. It renews the visitors’ relationship with art and architecture at many scales: the intimate, in the gallery; the scholarly, in the study collection; and the exterior, with the façade. The jury liked the way the design acknowledges wayfinding, visitor needs, and the relationship with the outdoors. This is a long term labor of love; it made this place and unified and renewed many elements.

Hartford Library – Dwight Branch, Hartford, CT Tai Soo Kim Partners, LLC, Hartford, CT

Photographer:Robert Benson Photography

Hartford Library – Dwight Branch, Hartford, CT
Tai Soo Kim Partners, LLC, Hartford, CT

Jury comments:
This project shows how a tired building can be given a fresh lease on life by the grafting on of a reading room that is complimentary and also something entirely special. It bursts out into the city, takes its activities out and shows them to passersby, and thus extends the life of the institution.


Honorable Mentions

Sullivan Office Building, New York, NY Joeb Moore + Partners LLC, Greenwich, CT

Photographer:Timothy Schenck

Sullivan Office Building, New York, NY
Joeb Moore + Partners LLC, Greenwich, CT

Jury comments:
This is an award for the interior design for a building through which the Manhattan High Line extends. It is fresh and inventive and takes its clues from the High Line itself. The lighting and ventilation system is simple smart, and fresh. The design is intelligent and well integrated.

Interlink, T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, RI Northeast Collaborative Architects, Middletown, CT

Photographer: Brian McDonald

Interlink, T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, RI
Northeast Collaborative Architects, Middletown, CT

Jury comments:
The architect has taken a necessary thing and made is something svelte. This is an extremely well done public project, and the jury appreciated all the attention to details, especially to the acoustics.