2017 AIA Indianapolis Excellence In Architecture Award Winners

Honor Award – New Building – (Project cost greater than $5 million)

Project Architect:
AXIS Architecture + Interiors

Project Name:
Cummins LiveWell Center

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 Jury Comments:
The jury felt this project achieved a rich and simple elegance in both plan organization and exterior lines. We commend the connectivity between the indoor and outdoor environments, the palliative interiors, and use of calming tones and textures. The architectural team’s design response achieved the goal of challenging the stereotypical doctor’s office and exemplifies a holistic integration of architecture, building systems, function and site design.
 

Honor Award – Renovation / Addition

Project Architect:
AXIS Architecture + Interiors

Project Name:
Jarden Home Brands

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Jury Comments:

This project creates a work environment successfully designed to foster collaboration and innovation. The design translates well from the initial concept sketches to the three-dimensional outcome with areas defined by varied use of color, texture, and architectural elements. Open collaborative workspace is balanced with quiet space for focused work. A courtyard and skylights enhance the experience for a seemingly large floor plate, bringing daylight to interior spaces. The client’s products are artfully integrated into the design in light fixtures and an art installation that serves a hallmark of the design.

Merit Award - Interior / Retrofit

Project Architect:
AXIS Architecture + Interiors

Project Name:
Business Furniture Corporation Office + Warehouse

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Jury Comments:

The jury was particularly impressed with the design team’s expression of scale through forms, layers and textures. Marked attention was given to the importance of ceiling planes to define a space. The project clearly articulates a dynamic and collaborative work environment but also showcases the client’s passion for its product through its integration with the design.

Merit Award – Historic Restoration

Project Architect:
arcDESIGN

Project Name:
Indiana State University - Normal Hall

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Jury Comments:

A respectful revival of a building allowed to badly deteriorated over time, and a commitment from the University to the future by restoring this oldest surviving building on-campus. The Jury admired that the design team studied archival photos to reproduce furniture and replace lost materials. The Jury applauds the restoration of the historic stained-glass dome as a centerpiece to celebrate this building. The addition articulates clearly the differentiation of new vs old building with a design reflective of its time, respectful of historic while clearly of a new century, and doesn’t compete but is compatible with original scale and materials. The outcome reflects patience with the process of restoring an old building where unexpected surprises were revealed through careful removal process. Congratulations – well-done!

Merit Award - New Building - (Project cost less than $5 million)

Project Architect:
ONE 10 STUDIO Architects

Project Name:
City Cottage

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Jury Comments:

The City Cottage project succeeds on many levels. As urban infill, it is sensitive to the scale of the neighborhood, as evidenced by the figure ground study and photos of the streetscape. Material changes, made meaningful by their suggestion of interior conditions, successfully mitigate the overall mass of the residence. The open spatial conditions, including those linking interior to exterior, offer abundant natural light and air. Furthermore, the designer’s deft use of materials presents a fresh take on detailing, particularly evident where ash highlights the deceptively simple, elegant stair. It is a pleasure to see a project that has the familiarity of a home while eloquently engaging the materials and vocabularies of the 21st century.

Merit Award – New Building – (Project cost greater than $5 million)

Project Architect:
RATIO

Project Name:
CSU Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr.
Bioengineering Building

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Jury Comments:

This project fits the natural Colorado landscape with its disciplined palette of stacked sandstone, glass, and metal panels providing scale and massing to the exterior facades. Sandstone provides a natural transition to an interior bathed in natural light. Laboratories are inspiring spaces, with controlled natural light and views to both the interior atrium and the exterior, an environment atypical for research laboratories. Sustainability was integrated into the design concept with an efficient building envelope, naturally ventilated atrium, and daylight control system to manage the intense daylight characteristic of the region, achieve LEED Gold certification.

Citation Award - Renovation / Addition

Project Architects:
RATIO

Project Name:
Indiana State University - Mills Hall

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Jury Comments:

The jury commends both the architect and the university for tackling this project. We recognize the stigma often associated with the architectural language of the 1960’s, and this citation serves to further advocate for rehabilitation as an alternative to replacement. The solution cleverly rethinks how to transition student housing from individual dorm rooms into shared apartment living. In addition, the insertion of the vertically glazed social space captures the fresh spirit of this transformation on both the interior and exterior and promotes modern-day sustainability concepts.

Citation Award - Interior / Retrofit

Project Architects:
Rowland Design

Project Name:
United Way of Central Indiana - New Headquarters

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Jury Comments:

The modern, open and collaborative work environment, organized by clusters or neighborhoods, offers a variety of work areas, social hubs, and meeting spaces. The jury found that the client’s mission and branding served as a driver for the execution of the design. The incorporation of color coded signage and branding elements, which reflect the client’s values, enhances the simply stated and minimal architectural palette, and, serves as a clear reminder that designers can achieve inspiring, budget-minded environments with the creative application of standard, economic building materials.

Citation Award - New Building - (Project cost less than $5 million)

Project Architects:
krM Architecture+

Project Name:
Markle Branch Library of Huntington - City Township Public Library

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Jury Comments:

The Jury found the application of materials, the scale, and simplicity of form especially fitting to the local vernacular. This small library, a community anchor, situates “Architecture” to a small, rural community where “Architecture” is rarely found or celebrated. While the material palette and form is simple, the designer paid attention to detail, especially with the structural elements, the introduction of daylight, and, accomplished a great deal with a presumably limited budget.

Citation Award - New Building - (Project cost greater than $5 million)

Project Architects:
ONE 10 STUDIO Architects

Project Name:
Irvington Lofts

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Jury Comments:

The jury agreed with the applicant that this project establishes “a new standard for affordable community housing”, accomplished by an unapologetic striving for design excellence in materials, systems, and forms. The building includes elements not usually associated with affordable housing: energy efficiency measures, green roof, solar arrays, provision of a community garden and gathering spaces - all of which contribute to the potential for an outstanding quality of life for residents. Furthermore, the bold insertion of a thoroughly considered modern design in a mixed urban context will have positive ramifications. The modern vocabulary elevates the building type, reminding us that affordable housing can be stimulating and fresh. By making clear its identity as a 21st century design, over time the development will add to the character of the historic district. And perhaps most importantly, the modern Lofts provide residents with uplifting private and public spaces and invigorating building forms, all of which will encourage pride of place.

Citation Award - Special Recognition

Project Architects:
Timothy Gray

Project Name:
GrOwING GREEN: mobile greenhouse

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Jury Comments:

The social mission of this 21st century project reflects creative problem-solving by providing food within neighborhoods where fresh food is not available and food security thru local access and distribution. This simple prototype, with the flexibility to easily move, offers endless opportunities to adapt to local conditions and where the need resides. This idea creates potential for providing hands-on engagement between communities and design teams within the urban + suburban + rural context. The Jury commends the innovation & conceptual idea of this student-driven project that supports the adaptation of local resources, both material and human.

Citation Award - Special Recognition

Project Architects:
COSTELLO + Ball State Student Associates

Project Name:
SOLTEK - R & D

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Jury Comments:

The SOLtek project demonstrates the inherent value of having architects involved in problem solving, especially in advancing improvements of the materials and methods for construction in a socially responsible way. The contributions of this team for those less fortunate than ourselves positions architecture as an optimistic act. We commend all of those involved in re-thinking the simple question: “What is a Block?"

Design Excellence

Project Architects:
Axis Architecture + Interiors

Project Name:
Cummins LiveWell Center

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Jury Comments:

The Cummins LiveWell Center garnered the jury’s unanimous support for the Design Excellence award. The beautifully proportioned, elegant building goes beyond ordinary expectations. The building’s transparency offers abundant, but managed views, to the mission within. The low-scale, “E” shaped building introduces daylight and affords occupants with views to the outdoors at every turn. Views to gardens in the courtyards and the landscape beyond support our biophilic connection to nature and embodies evidence-based, restorative concepts that support healing and wellness. Beautifully executed and well done.

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