Texas Architect May/June 2008: Healing Environments
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.
AIA Houston Awards 16 Projects AIA Houston honored 16 projects during the chapter’s fifty-second annual Design Awards Dinner held on March 27 at the Rice Hotel. Winners were selected from 117 entries. The Design Awards’ jury was conducted at the offices of AIA San Francisco on March 20. The jury members, all based in San Francisco, were Joshua Aidlin, AIA, of Aidlin Darlin Design; Anne Fougeron, AIA, of Fougeron Architecture; and Elizabeth Ranieri, AIA, of Kuth/ Ranieri Architects. The jury chose to award just one level of awards and the projects are a wide cross section of work from a 141-sq. ft. press box to an unbuilt 545,000-sq. ft. high school. The projects also ranged from rural and rustic to technologically advanced. Three projects were selected in the architecture category: Round Pen, designed by Metalab and Joe Mashburn for Lyle Lovett in Klein, near Houston, was admired by the jury for the level of beautiful but simple detail. The building utilized computernumerically-controlled laser cutting and digital modeling to create a kit of parts that was built on site by skilled craftsman with minimal tools and equipment. St. John School’s Scotty Caven Field Press Box, designed by mArchitects, breaks from the traditional architecture of the campus. The 141-net square foot building is expressive of the local materials used on the project. The operable windows and wrap-around wood screen promote cross ventilation, therefore no air conditioning is used. The jury admired the simplicity of this project, stating, “One little idea was executed very well to create a nice project with fine detail.” Rice University Data Center, designed by Carlos Jimenez Studio and PGAL, is a system of tilt-up concrete panels with an economical customized relief pattern. The project is painted a bright fluorescent green to emanate a geometric topiary while providing an ever-changing tonality of color and shadow. In the residential category, the jury selected three projects: SKYBOX: living on the edge, designed by Peter Jay Zweig, is a house for a young, newlywed couple living in Austin. The sloping site allowed for the skybox concept to emerge with an upper level, open-plan living area to be positioned to capture the breezes over a 16-foot cantilever and allowing an extraordinary view of the Austin skyline. 2526 Bellmeade, designed by Glassman Shoemake Maldonado, is a multi-generational family compound on the site of a childhood home. The compound consists of a house for grandmother, son, and family of five, with a guest apartment and communal gardens. The energy-efficient spaces are filled with natural light but shaded from the summer sun and materials from the original house were re-used. Salazar House, designed by Stern and Bucek Architects, is located in a modest 1940s subdivision south of the University of Houston. The two-bedroom, 2,300-square foot house is the neighborhood’s first new dwelling in nearly 15 years. Organized around a landscaped courtyard, the house is designed with wide overhanging eaves, operable windows, and oneroom-deep spaces to aid in natural ventilation. The jury selected the following three projects in the interiors category: Northshore Dental, designed by Karen Lantz of Enter Architecture, resulted from the client’s desire for a cutting-edge dentist office at Evanston Court. The site design includes an additional medical lease space, with buildings surrounding an outdoor courtyard containing a central garden that provides a focal point from the interior spaces. The project features durable materials from local sources. Susman Godfrey, designed by Gensler, are offices for a law firm whose principals wanted to make much needed improvements to their existing space while creating a unique arrival sequence to project a progressive image. Gen- Round Pen St. John School’s Scotty Caven Field Press Box Rice University Data Center SKYBOX: living on the edge 2526 Bellmeade Salazar House h o u s t o n 16 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Continued on page 18 5 / 6 2 0 0 8