The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the winners of the 2013 awards. The winners include 26 projects that range from urban design to interiors, including a light-filled mausoleum in Minneapolis, a holocaust museum carved into a hill in Los Angeles and a rustic, green-roofed retreat in Washington. The prestigious award given annually honors excellence in architecture, and the winners will receive formal recognition at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago in June. Flip through our gallery to see the architecture projects honored this year.
The Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis designed by HGA Architects and Engineers is a daylit addition to two existing mausoleums built as a simple mass of split-faced grey granite. Designed to become a new threshold between the city of New York and a 52-acre garden, the new Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center is a green-roofed extension of the landscape. KPMB Architects transformed the site formerly occupied by the Seagram distillery in Waterloo, Ontario, into a modern campus for the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). For a non-profit rowing club in Boston, Anmahian Winton Architects designed a 30,000-square-foot boathouse on the Charles River and gave it a dynamic appearance that mimics the movement of water.
The wooden Jackson Hole Airport, renovated by Gensler, takes advantage of the magnificent surroundings in Wyoming and resembles wooden structure of barns and sheds found throughout the region. The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust brings visitors beneath the earth to remember the holocaust victims. Belzberg Architects wanted the space to evoke strong feelings through the use of low ceilings, forced perspectives and sloping concrete walls.
The Pierre (French for stone), was conceived as a retreat nestled into a rock and features rough materials. Olson Kundig Architects allowed portions of the rock to protrude into the interior, with both the entry and the powder room fully carved out of the rock. For the Quaker Meeting House and Art Center in Washington D.C. architects at Kiernan Timberlake transformed a 1950’s gymnasium into a multifunctional space with facilities for art and music instruction.
Another renovation project, SCAD Museum of Art, designed by Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, transformed several dilapidated warehouses and incorporated them into the Savannah College of Art and Design. St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library, designed by Cass Gilbert, is a transformation of the 3-story 1912 Beaux Art structure. The building’s existing parts were revitalized and restored and the addition was conceived as a “building within a building”.
Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, Bar Agricole is a 1,400-square-foot restaurant and bar which won the award in the interiors category. The space was constructed of reclaimed whiskey-barrel oak and was nestled into a former warehouse building in San Francisco.