Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2007: Sacred Space
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.
IIDA Awards Five Interiors Projects In August, the Texas/Oklahoma chapter of the International Interior Design Association awarded its 2007 Design Excellence Awards to five entries. The winning projects were selected in the institutional, retail, healthcare, residential, and corporate categories. In addition, eight projects received Honorable Mention awards and three projects were presented the coveted Pinnacle Award. The top-tier awards went to Texas Women’s University–Institute of Health Sciences in Houston by Kirksey; Santa Fe Optical, Arboretum Market in Austin by Laurie Smith Design Associates; Community Replacement Hospitals by WHR Architects; Loft Interior in Austin by Page Southerland Page; and Office of Susman Godfrey LLP by Gensler Houston. Awarded in the institutional categor y, Kirksey’s Texas Women’s University–Institute of Health Sciences combines bright accent colors and sunlight to create a new environment where students can enjoy studying. Figured wall paneling, limestone walls, and over 400 iridescent pendant fixtures are employed in the new building to emphasize lounges, auditorium d a l l a s entrances, and large lecture halls. Graphic vinyl wall coverings add interest to areas of transition such as stairwells. The judges felt that the colors used were perfect for the public space. Recognized in the retail category, Laurie Smith Design Associates’ Santa Fe Optical, Arboretum Market uses a variety of floor materials, including speckled black rubber/cork and skewed maple plank, to organize the interior space. Colored lights focus attention to the eyewear merchandise, and also, as the judges commented, attract people outside the store. In the healthcare category, WHR Architects’ Community Replacement Hospitals places importance on the patients and focuses on creating a healing environment. High ceilings, stone tile finishes, warm colors, and ample lighting emphasize a quiet and relaxing space. The use of signage and graphics promotes easy movement through the hospital. Awarded in the residential category, Page Southerland Page’s Loft Interior was a redesign that accentuates open space. Large windows with views to the north and south allow abundant natural light into the loft. White walls near the windows are juxtaposed against a brightly colored kitchen area. The judges enjoy the selection of artwork and agree that the color blocking in the kitchen is well done. In the corporate category, Gensler’s Office of Susman Godfrey LLP works with pre-existing architecture to create a new, forward-focused image. To update the glass walls, the designers introduced backlighting. The colored lighting adds personality to the space. The interior atmosphere can change automatically throughout the day, as the space is colored by lighting rather than actual color. The judges believe this project should be the “best in show” as it is innovative, well detailed, and was “beyond” everything else they had seen. The chapter’s IIDA 2007 Pinnacle Award recipients included the Bommarito Group for the Small Firm Award, Marmon Mok for the Medium Firm Award, and WHR Architects for the Large Firm Award. The highly esteemed Pinnacle Award is presented to “firms that have consistently contributed to the highest aspiration of the profession, community, and the IIDA, while remaining committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design.” M e g a n B r a l e y (clockwise from top center) Office of Susman Godfrey LLP; Loft Interior; Community Replacement Hospitals; Santa Fe Optical, Arboretum Market; and Texas Women’s University–Institute of Health Sciences 1 1 / 1 2 2 0 0 7 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 11