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November 18, 2015

Seattle AIA picks 2015 award winners

The American Institute of Architects Seattle chapter announced the winners of the 65th annual Honor Awards at Benaroya Hall on Monday. They were chosen by Toni Casamor from BCQ arquitectura in Barcelona, Astrid Lipka from Rice+Lipka Architects in New York City and Juhani Pallasmaa of Helsinki.

The moderator was Gundula Proksch, associate professor of architecture at the University of Washington.

More than 130 submittals were received, and the winners were both built and conceptual projects.

Photo courtesy of Lara Swimmer [enlarge]

Award of Honor:

Anhalt Renovation + Addition by Public47 Architects

The historic 1930’s building on Capitol Hill by contractor Frederick William Anhalt was restored to apartments and a new addition built on the site. The jury commended the dialogue between the old and new, and said the addition “elevates” the original building.

Photo by Andrew Pogue [enlarge]

Award of Honor:

Little House by mw|works architecture + design

The house set on a forested site in Seabeck reuses an existing foundation, and draws comparisons to the hut at Walden Pond. The jury noted that only the essential elements are used to create enclosure and protection, and said the house provides a “fantastic experience with nature.”

Photo by Aaron Leitz [enlarge]

Award of Honor:

Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters by ZGF Architects

The headquarters in Seattle’s Magnuson Park expresses the club’s mission of bringing together a diverse community of cyclists for education and advocacy. The jury applauded the architects for finding the right balance between doing too much and too little.

Photo by Kyungsub Shin [enlarge]

Award of Honor:

Shinsegae International by Olson Kundig

Shinsegae’s 15-story headquarters in Seoul meets South Korea’s rigorous energy codes. The jury said the design celebrates metal and has a “tactile feel” that differentiates it from other modern commercial buildings.

Photo by Ed Sozinho [enlarge]

Award of Merit:

• The Junsei House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Photo by Magda Biernat-Webster [enlarge]

Award of Merit:

• 400 Fairview by SkB Architects

Photo by Lara Swimmer [enlarge]

Award of Merit:

• University of Washington Gould Hall Gallery by The Miller Hull Partnership

Photo by Garrett Rowland [enlarge]

Award of Merit:

• Microsoft Buildings 16 & 17 by Gensler

Photo by Lara Swimmer [enlarge]

Award of Merit:

• Mercer Island Fire Station No. 92 by The Miller Hull Partnership

Image courtesy Justin Schwartzhoff [enlarge]

Honorable Mention:

• In Plain Sight by Justin Schwartzhoff

Photo by Tom Hille [enlarge]

Honorable Mention:

• Night Blooming by Taiji Miyasaka & David Drake

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