The crowd was rapt this year at the 37th Annual Architectural Awards ceremony held June 14th in Beverly Hills where the Los Angeles Business Council recognized 25 project teams and seven entertainment studios for outstanding contributions to Los Angeles. The diverse projects spanned 12 different categories including mixed-use, preservation, public use, landscape architecture, renovation, and sustainability, and this year the urban fabric of LA featured several notable green threads.

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Winners included Luma by Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects (above) and W. Hollywood by HKS Architects, Inc. which both took home a Green Building Award. Sierra Bonita Housing by Tighe Architecture won a Design Concept Award as an affordable low-rise. No surprise that 10,000 Santa Monica Boulevard – also known as “Green Slice – by Ateliers Jean Nouvel won honors as a Design Concept Award in the residential high-rise category.

More honorees included Hotel Ray by Belzberg Architects and LivingHomes Model Home by Ray Kappe which scored a sustainability award. Among the dignitaries on-hand to celebrate the winning projects were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jean Nouvel, and Julius Schulman took the stage with his typically charming quips. The night was an architectural feast, evident in the amazing collection of award-winning projects below.

The building’s distinctive, slender form and vast expanses of glass give it a luminous, transparent appearance punctuated by verdant landscaping integrated into the vertical facades. Dubbed “The Green Blade,” it will reenergize a now vacant 2.4-acre site with 177 new rsidences and enhace the walking environment and linkages between Beverly Hills and Century City.

These triplet towers are soon to take over the corner of Hollywood + Vine. This behemoth project is expected to divert a minimum of 75% of the construction waste away from landfills and the architect is incorporating low- or non-VOC paints, glues, and adhesives. Occupants and guests will have energy-efficient thermal light controls.

The project uses modular construction because it allows for the production of higher quality homes faster, with much less waste for less cost than traditional stick-built construction. With modular home construction, only 2-5% of the materials end up as waste. This was the first LEED Platinum home in the nation.

Hotel Ray will be a 57-room green hotel that will stand on the site of the original Eames studio. New hybrid materials such as recycled woods and fiber boards will generate novel effects and spaces. Hybrid recycled woods have higher twisting and bending tolerances and recycled fiber boards will expose new textural surfaces.

This is not your mama’s transit maintenance facility! Through an unconventional use of materials, this project has become one of the first LEED certified straw bail buildings in the world. Straw bale construction creates an efficient, super-insulated building perimeter to complement the large day-night temperature savings of the surrounding high desert climate.

Last but not least, Patrick Tighe is one of our personal favorites. He’s racking up the awards this year, having just recently won an AIA design award for the Tigertail residence. This time, he comes away with a design concept award for the affordable low rise housing Sierra Bonita project in West Hollywood. The building will be organized around an internal second story courtyard that features an eccentric brace frame core that is a fundamental structural component expressed as a five story organic garden lattice encased in pink fiberglass.