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AIA Houston Presents Design Awards AIA Houston recognized 15 projects in the chapter’s 2006 Design Awards. The jury – Margaret Helfand of Helfand Architecture; Steve Cassell of Architecture Research Office; Zack McKown of Tsao & McKown Architects; and Rob Rogers of Rogers Marvel Architects – selected the winners from 113 submittals. Seven Honor Awards were presented in four different categories. The jury bestowed four projects with Honor Awards in the category of Architecture—Bellaire Medical Complex by MC2 Architects; Harris County Youth Services Center by Page Southerland Page; Canal Street Apartments by Val Glitsch, FAIA; and Jones Plaza Cornerstones by Natayle Appel + Associates Architects. Bellaire Medical Complex received an award with notation for sustainable design given for use of north-facing clerestories and courtyards to diffuse natural light, and low-impact building systems for its construction. The 72,800-sf Harris County Youth Services Center is organized into bar-shaped buildings scattered over a large green site, creating a series of interior and exterior courtyards. Materials, plants, colors, and systems used to identify departments reinforce building/client interaction. h o u s t o n
Canal Street Apartments is the city’s first single room occupancy apartment complex built in a neighborhood district. Located in Houston’s Second Ward, the 40,000-sf complex is divided into two separate structures joined by a breezeway, enclosing an outdoor courtyard with native landscaping. Jones Plaza Cornerstones converted existing concrete air shafts for underground parking ventilation into visual landmarks at each corner of Jones Plaza, the heart of Houston’s Theater District. Sandblasted images representative of the surrounding arts venues animate each corner of the backlit perforated steel panels. In the Housing category, Jay Baker Architects received an Honor Award for the Jeff Shankman House, and Collaborative Designworks with Openshop Studio earned an Honor Award for House 2045. Powers Brown Architecture with SWA Group also received an Honor Award for Westchase District Long Range Plan in the Urban Design category. The Jeff Shankman House is designed with sensitive scaling of both the exterior form and the interior spaces. The floor plans are clear and provide interaction with the courtyard. A second floor screen porch, located between the two bedrooms, provides a view of the garden below.
House 2045 reinforces a growing trend toward modern design along Houston’s University Boulevard. The 3,400-sf residence features two crossing rectangular tubes; the lower tube contains the main living areas while the upper tube contains the guest bedrooms and a play area. Westchase District Long Range Plan earned a notation for sustainable design. The 4.2-square mile project proposes the transformation of an aging city district into pedestrian-friendly zones centered about urban amenities.
Jones Plaza Cornerstones
Bellaire Medical Complex
Canal Street Apartments
Harris County Youth Services Center
Westchase District Long Range Plan
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