Texas Architect May/June 2006: Nature
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
N E W S AIA Austin Awards Eleven Projects a u s t i n AIA Austin honored 11 projects during the chapter’s 2006 Awards and Honors Gala held on Feb.25 at the Seaholm Power Plant. The projects were selected from a pool of 69 entries submitted by local firms. The Design Awards jury was composed of Carol A. Wilson, FAIA, of Falmouth, Maine; Dan Shipley, FAIA, of Shipley Architects; and Gordon Wittenberg of Wittenberg Oberholzer Architects. The jury bestowed three projects with Honor Awards—Guest House by Miró Rivera Architects; Austin City Loft Interior by Page Southerland Page; and Collector’s Loft by Fab Architecture (in association with Poteet Architects of San Antonio). Guest House is located on a two-acre peninsula, surrounded by reed-covered wetlands that serve as a refuge for migrating birds. To limit the residence’s ecological impact, the minimal footprint affords a light vertical structure, extending three floors in elevation. Floor-to-ceiling glass and the structure’s surroundings provide a peaceful space to reflect upon the landscape. Page Southerland Page’s Austin City Loft Interior is situated in the heart of downtown Austin. The open-floor plan emphasizes views to the north and south, and the use of colored panels complements the natural light at the perimeter. The panels are arranged in a pattern repeating in fives horizontally and vertically, conveying both rhythm and randomness. The Collector’s Loft project, designed for an artist and collector, occupies the top two floors of an early twentieth-century factory just south of downtown San Antonio. A minimalist interior rendered in white suggests that of a gallery space and skylights permit diffused lighting Guest House Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody New Law Offices throughout the residence. The loft includes living quarters, a studio, entertainment areas, private galleries, and roof-top terraces. Merit Awards were presented to Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody New Law Offices by Page Southerland Page; Pedestrian Bridge by Miró Rivera Architects; Austin Convention Center Parking Garage and Austin Energy District Cooling Plant by Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects; Robbs Run Residence by McKinney Architects; and Ullrich Water Treatment Plant Extension by Casabella Architects. Citations of Honor were bestowed upon three projects—Impluvium House by Webber Hanzlik Architects; Graves Residence by Mell Lawrence Architects; and Texas Hillel-The Topher Center for Jewish Life by alterstudio architects with Black & Vernooy Architecture & Urban Design. In addition to the Design Awards, the chapter presented its AIA Austin 25 year Award to the Seaholm Power Plant. The 150,000-sf plant in downtown Austin no longer generates power for the city, and plans are currently underway to redevelop the Art Deco style structure for civic use. Austin Convention Center Parking Garage 14 Austin City Loft Interior Pedestrian Bridge Collector’s Loft Robbs Run Residence t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Ullrich Water Treatment Plant Extension 5 / 6 2 0 0 6