Texas Architect July/Aug 2008: Regional Response
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 Austin Awards Seven Projects AIA Austin honored seven projects during the chapter’s 2008 Awards and Honors Gala held on April 19 at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The projects were selected from a pool of 65 entries submitted by local firms. The Design Award jury was composed of Randy Brown, FAIA, of Randy Brown Architects of Omaha, Neb.; David Baker, FAIA, of David Baker + Partners Architects in San Francisco; and Julie Eizenberg, AIA, of Koning Eizenberg Architecture in Santa Monica, Calif. The jury selected two projects for Honor Awards—Concrete Studio by Mell Lawrence Architects and Pilates Studio by M.J. Neal Architects. Concrete Studio, built entirely from pouredin-place concrete, encompasses a garage, storage space, and second-floor studio workspace. Set among other structures within two acres of gardens, the studio is a tectonic object that celebrates both the structural and aesthetic qualities of the concrete material. Pilates Studio includes a workout area, storage shelving, an office area for scheduling and paperwork, a restroom, and a changing room. The project employs a single sculptural element running the length of the space that “peels” up to become shelves, bench, and desk. Besides accommodating the programmatic needs of the project, it also hides the air handler, ducting, and plumbing. Citations of Honor were bestowed upon three projects—04 Lofts by Dick Clark Architecture; Residence 1414 Renovation by Miró Rivera Architects; and U.S. Courthouse at Alpine by Page Southerland Page. Located in Central Austin in the SoCo district, the 04 Lofts is a condominium project that combines openness with comfort and sleekness with warmth. The northern glass facade of the 28-unit project commands expansive views of downtown Austin while its translucent glass railing provides privacy and a warm nighttime at night. Residence 1414 Renovation consists of a complete makeover of a 1940s house located in a historic neighborhood. The project restores the exterior while transforming the interiors to bring in more light and provide a better connection with the backyard. The U.S. Courthouse responds to the extraordinary quality of the desert landscape, the harsh climate of West Texas, and the very specific mis- a u s t i n 18 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t sion of the courthouse occupants. Clad in local sandstone, the exterior links the building to its surroundings while providing a high thermal mass appropriate to the climate with its high diurnal swing. Merit Awards were presented to Capps’ Loft by FAB Architecture and Watersmark 35 by Mell Lawrence Architects. The AIA Austin Studio Award was presented to Firestation 14 by Adam Martin. The chapter’s studio award program was developed to recognize outstanding projects by University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture students. This year’s competition was juried by three Austin architects—Jim Susman, AIA, of Susman Tisdale Gayle; Al York, AIA, of McKinney Architects; and Earl Swisher, AIA, of the Lawrence Group. B r i a n C a r l s o n , Concrete Studio AIA The writer chaired AIA Austin’s 2008 Design Awards Committee. Pilates Studio 04 Lofts 1414 Residence Renovation US Courthouse Capps’ Loft Watersmark 35 Firestation 14 7 / 8 2 0 0 8