Texas Architect March/April 2012: Destinations
Destinations represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid-April for the official unveilingof the Asia Society Texas Center, previewedon page 44. Yoshio Taniguchi’s design for the$48.4 million building establishes the New York based Asia Society (founded in 1956 by John D.Rockefeller III to educate the public about Asia)with its first branch between the two coasts. Thefour-day celebration culminates with a free openhouse on April 14-15 for the public, featuringtours, food, and performances, as well as theopening of Treasures of Asian Art: A RockefellerLegacy, a temporary exhibition of works from theMr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection atAsia Society New York.
Recognition 1 AIA San Antonio Design Awards After carefully evaluating 60 entries from 24 local architectural firms, jurors for AIA San Antonio’s 2011 Design Awards program announced their selections during ceremonies held on Nov. 4 at Pearl Stable. Attendees also celebrated the recipients of the chapter’s Studio Awards, its Twenty-Five Year Award, and its annual Mayor’s Choice Award honoring a publicly funded architectural project. Members of the jury were Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Jack DeBartolo, FAIA, of DeBartolo Architects in Phoenix; and Arthur Andersson, AIA, of Andersson•Wise Architects in Austin. There were three categories of awards for built projects: three received Honor Awards, three won Citation Awards, and four earned Merit Awards. 2 3 Honor Awards Citation Awards 1 Hermann Park Lake Plaza Haven for Hope Overland Partners|Architects Overland Partners Architects Hermann Park Lake Plaza project knits together the popular urban park’s disparate cultural institutions using landscape, architecture, and art. The design transforms the central part of the park into a destination where one can rest, gather, talk, and play. In addition, the plaza provides orientation for pedestrians and manages the flow of traffic to their respective destinations. La Lomita Chapel 2 Livestrong (Lance Armstrong Foundation) Lake|Flato Architects Livestrong is the adaptation of a 1950s-era warehouse in the underserved east side of Austin. The renovation provides office space, meeting rooms, dining facilities, an in-house gymnasium, an open-air courtyard, and parking for the staff of 62. The project achieved LEED Gold certification. Kell Muñoz Architects Visual Arts Center at UT Austin Lake/Flato Architects Merit Awards Hillside House Lake/Flato Architects University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center Overland Partners Architects TMI All Saints Chapel for the Episcopal School of Texas Ford Powell & Carson Architects & Planners UT Permian Basin Student Multipurpose Center Alvidrez Architecture Sustainability Commendation UT Permian Basin Student Multipurpose Center 3 Story Pool Pavilion Alvidrez Architecture Lake|Flato Architects The Story Pool Pavilion provides a “sunrise to sunset” outdoor family gathering place with expansive Hill Country views from its site atop a plateau. The architects designed a simple, open-air, steel and wood “outdoor living room” pavilion with two thick limestone “boxes” that house a full working kitchen behind folding slatted wood doors, a screened bath area, and storage. Mayor’s Choice Award Café College RVK Architects Studio Awards Slot 211 Ford Powell & Carson Architects & Planners Cooper (2) House A-Gruppo Twenty-Five Year Distinguished Building Award The Tower of the Americas Ford Powell & Carson, Architects & Planners 14 Texas Architect 3/4 2012