AIA Connecticut 2013 Design Awards

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

Jurors

Ann M. Beha, FAIA, Ann Beha Architects, Boston

Ann M. Beha, FAIA,
Ann Beha Architects, Boston

Rodolfo-Machado

Rodolfo Machado,
Associate AIA,
Machado Silvetti Architects, Boston

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, Beijing & Copenhagen

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, Beijing & Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Honor Awards

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Photographer: David Sundberg/
Esto Photographics

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
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
Photographer: Peter Aaron/        terms of material and scale
Esto Photographics.


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

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.

 

Photographer: Jeff Goldberg/
Esto Photographics


The Metropolitan Museum of Art - American Wing, New York, NY Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, Hamden, CT 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.
Photographer: Kevin Roche                This is a long term labor of love; it made this place and unified and renewed 
John Dinkeloo and Associates            many elements.

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

Photographer:
Robert Benson Photography


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.

 


Preservation

Honor Awards

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Photographer: Aaron Usher

Church of Saint Gregory the Great, Portsmouth, RI
Northeast Collaborative Architects, Middletown, CT

Jury comments:
The jury appreciated the care that was taken in the renovation of the early 60s chapel. It was lovingly restored with new interventions that were well considered, effective, legible and well executed. The jury appreciated the level of research into and treatment of materials in this nice merger of craft and architecture. Kudos to the lighting designer, as the lighting allows us to experience architecture.

 


Single Family Residence

Honor Awards

Hemlock Hill Residence, New Canaan, CT

Photographer: Durston Saylor

Hemlock Hill Residence, New Canaan, CT
Joeb Moore + Partners LLC, Greenwich, CT

Jury comments:
This project is an amazingly reconceived make-over: a very creative transformation invests formal thinking in it. Material decisions help to establish contrast and depth; there is an integrated sense of materiality, both inside and out. lt left the jury “gob-smacked!”

Bay House, Southhampton, NY

Photographer: Archphoto – Paul Rivera

Bay House, Southhampton, NY
Roger Ferris + Partners, Westport, CT

Jury comments:
Simple and restrained, the house is a very clear plan type. There is a very good connection between the building pavilion and the pool. The jury liked the direct view of the ocean when one is entering the house. It is well done with clarity and a high level of craft.

 

 


Merit Awards

Stonington Residence, Stonington, CT

Photographer: David Sundberg / Esto

 

Stonington Residence, Stonington, CT
Joeb Moore + Partners LLC, Greenwich, CT

Jury comments:
This is a very good, solid project with one effective gesture. Part preservation, part intervention, it creates a new, refreshed composition in a clean, legible, bold way.

 

 


Cube House VI, Guilford, CT

Cube House VI, Guilford, CT
Wilfred J. O. Armster, Architect AIA, Guilford, CT

Jury comments:
In this tight building on a tight budget that has grand ambitions there is effective use of space. This is not only a stacking of volumes, but also a composition of space and planes. The jury appreciates the fact that the building stays with its cabin precedents and its modesty.

 

 

Photographer: Curt Clayton


House on Sunset Ridge, Norfolk, CT

House on Sunset Ridge, Norfolk, CT
Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York, NY

Jury comments:
This residential project demonstrated the fact that pre-fabrication can result in great architecture. This residence sits very comfortably on its site.

Photographer: Paul Warcho

 


Unbuilt

Honor Awards


Office Building of the Future, Seattle, WA

Photographer: N/A

Office Building of the Future, Seattle, WA
Pickard Chilton, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
This strong, risk taking tower is adventuresome for Seattle. It raises the bar in ambition for an area of Seattle, the Denny Regrade. The jury really hopes that this kind of thinking will be implemented to create a new species of skyscraper over the city. The tower has lots of energy and movement and is dynamic.

 

 


Merit Awards

Ben Ohau Lodge, Twizel, New Zealand

Photographer: N/A

Ben Ohau Lodge, Twizel, New Zealand
Lindsay Suter Architects, North Branford, CT

Jury comments:
Through a simple set of well detailed buildings in a stunning landscape, the architect has created a place. Nothing is extravagant; everything has a reason and becomes part of the landscape.

 

 


Architecture: The Encompassing Art

Honor Awards

Surf Shack, Bridgehampton NY

Photographer: Archphoto

Surf Shack, Bridgehampton NY
Roger Ferris + Partners, Westport, CT

Jury comments:
The jury unanimously agreed to change this brilliant assemblage of objects in a landscape to the Art: the Encompassing Architecture category. It is an assemblage that demonstrates an artistic expression. The pool has become an object, not a void. The assemblage takes three functions: swimming, visiting, and living, and disperses them in a landscape. It is a collage, an attitude that epitomizes Americana and represents many metaphors: the Air Stream, the green lawn, the white pool (standing in for the white picket fence). And it has an element of fun!


Merit Awards

Greeley Memorial Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Photographer: John Giammatteo

Greeley Memorial Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Christopher Williams Architects LLC, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
The foyer helped to revalue the building. The jury appreciated the whole composition, the lining, the furniture, that are well related and that make a whole. This is a very elegant, tasteful addition with an organic feel to a forceful design.