Texas Architect July/Aug 2011: Placemaking
The July/August 2011 edition explores the theme of “placemaking” through feature projects designed to foster a sense of a greater whole instead of just a single building. Such a comprehensive approach to architecture requires a concerted effort to understand what works best for a neighborhood, an urban center, or an isolated development. Feature articles spotlight the Wylie Municipal Complex, the Omni Hotel and Residences in Fort Worth, the City of Grand Prairie’s The Summit, the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend, and the Byrne-Reed House in Austin. Other articles include a commentary on the loss of the idyllic greenspace in front of the Kimbell Art Museum now that construction is underway to expand the museum, plans for new bayfront development in Corpus Christi, and the architectural improvements brought to tiny Albany due to its up-and-coming arts scene.
AIA Austin Presents Design Awards The three Honor Awards went to: Scout Island Residence by A lterstudio Architects – Carefully situated in a hilly Austin neighborhood, this project unconventionally splits the program, resulting in a transparent link that frames dramatic views beyond. Kenya Rainwater Court by Dick Clark Architecture – This communal pavilion for the village of Mahiga in central Kenya features a delicate structure that supports an undulating pitched roof that collects rainwater. Ranch Operations by Miró Rivera Architects – Texas Hill Country vernacular is reinterpreted in this case study of the traditional shed building, with the bold contrast of its crisp, dark structure and stark white infill. The six Citations of Honor recognized: Byrne-Reed House by Clay ton & Little Architects – A dramatic restoration literally peeled back the layers of time to resurrect a downtown Austin landmark. (see p.46.) Austin Office by Gensler – This interior finishout exhibits a controlled modulation of light, space, and material among massive concrete columns within a generous open volume. Sol Austin by KRDB – The thoughtful planning of this housing development offers modern living in affordable prototypes in east Austin. Garage Apartment by LZT Architects – This chic dwelling offers natural light and a whimsical privacy fence. McGarrah Jessee by McKinney York Architects – The thoughtfully restored iconic building in downtown Austin celebrates its mid-century character. 1917 Bungalow by Miró Rivera Architects – This addition accentuates the connection where the new living wing slides past the restored bungalow, creating a new front entry and private courtyard. The single Studio Award was presented to: Blanco Public Library by Brett Wolfe, Assoc. AIA – The concept exhibits a sophisticated combination of materials and natural light to create a monumental presence. Kenya Rainwater Court Ranch Operations Byrne-Reed House Austin Office Sol Austin Garage Apartment McGarrah Jessee 1917 Bungalow Blanco Public Library AIA Austin honored 10 projects in its 2011 Design Awards Celebration. From a total of 77 submittals, the distinguished jury of architects selected three for Honor Awards, six for Citations of Honor, and one unbuilt project for a Studio Award. Jurors were Anne Fougeron, FAIA, of Fougeron Architecture in San Francisco; Scott Merrill, AIA, of Merrill, Pastor & Colgan in Vero Beach, Fla.; and Victor “Trey” Trahan, FAIA, of Trahan Architects in Baton Rouge. a u s t i n T A M A R A L . T O O N , A I A Scout Island Residence 18 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 7 / 8 2 0 1 1