A distinguished jury has selected ten recent projects by Washington architects for design excellence, announced at the AIA Seattle 1996 Awards for Washington Architecture presentation on October 28 at Meany Theater on the University of Washington Campus.
Jerry Finrow, Dean of the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning, moderated the 45th annual AIA Seattle Honor Awards program.
The jury included Peter Davey, Senior Editor of the London-based Architectural Review; James Stewart Polshek FAIA, of Polshek and Partners, New York; Billie Tsien and Tod Williams FAIA of the design firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien, New York.
They reviewed nearly 100 entries of completed work by Washington architects and designers, located nearby and around the world, and visited projects throughout the Puget Sound area.
This year's AIA Seattle jury members declined to name Honor Awards among the 10 built projects they recognized for excellence, choosing instead to distribute awards within two lesser categories.
In addition to the award winners shown here and on the following pages, they selected four Conceptual entries to discuss for their representation of ideas in architecture: "Object of Thought," by WPa, "Kansai National Science Library," by Anderson Anderson Architecture, "Point Roberts Border Station," by The Miller/Hull Partnership, and " Home House," by Olson Sundberg Architects, Inc.
Dunkley Residence, Bainbridge Island, Arne Bystrom FAIA.
JURY COMMENTS:"A splendid interconnected series of spaces that also connect excellently with the environment."
More information about the Dunkley residence can be found at http://threetoad.com/arnebystrom/dunkley.html
Olympic Natural Resources Center, Forks, Weinstein Copeland Architects.
JURY COMMENTS: "An excellent start to what promises to be a most inspiring and impressive campus. A teaching device in its built example as well as its function, an innovative interpretation of modern concepts of husbandry."
Urban Villa, Seattle, Olson Sundberg Architects.
JURY COMMENTS:"A dignified and impressive procession of interconnected spaces that relates well to the corner site and its Seattle setting."
MERIT AWARD:REI Seattle Flagship Store, Seattle, Mithun Partners, Inc.
Bert Gregory, Project Designer and Principal-in-Charge;
Thom Emrich, Project Manager;
Robert Deering, Project Architect.
Owner/Client: Recreational Equipment, Inc.;
Consultants: The Leonhardt Group, Graphic Design;
Corbin Design, Signage;
GeoEngineers, Inc., Geotechnical Design;
AGRA Earth & Environment, Geotechnical Construction Inspection;
Bush Roed & Hitchings, Survey;
McKinney & Associates, Electrical;
Madsen Electric and Cross Engineers, Electrical Design/Build;
Candela, Lighting Design;
Michael R. Yantis Associates, Acoustics;
MacDonald-Miller, Design/Build Plumbing;
Flack & Kurtz, Mechanical/Electrical;
KPFF, Civil; The Berger Partnership, Landscape;
Transpo Group, Traffic;
N.G. Jacobson, Parking;
River City Resource Group, Recycling;
Ackroyd Inc., Cost Estimating;
Entre Prises USA, Climbing Wall Consulting.
General Contractor: GLY Construction.
Photo by Robert Pisano
JURY COMMENTS:"This project has captured and made an exuberant urban place in the service of commerce -- a real rarity in the larger cities of this country. It has a sense of community inside as well: you can browse in one place and watch what's going on in another."
The Spa at the Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie, Mithun Partners, Inc.
JURY COMMENTS: "Careful and elegant use of materials and detailing, creating a space of dignity and quiet. Exceptional quality of space, very literal in its Japanese references."
Dane County Exposition Center, Madison, Wisconsin, LMN Architects.
JURY COMMENTS: "A most difficult building type, handled here in a way that addresses both human scale of the individual and responsiveness to urban design of a great state capitol."
Commander Naval Base Seattle Headquarters Building and Navy Band Seattle Facility, Silverdale, LMN Architects.
JURY COMMENTS: "Intelligent planning and wonderful sensitivity to site, interpreting the modernist tradition of Aalto with commendable restraint and economy of means."
Microsoft Redmond West Campus Cafeteria, Redmond, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.
JURY COMMENTS: "An impressive attempt by a corporate giant to give social cohesion to an otherwise drab campus, a grand spatial statement."
Pilchuck Glass School Hot Shop Annex, Standwood, Weinstein Copeland Architects.
JURY COMMENTS: "An elegant shed, marrying industrial use with a vernacular building type. Very clear, with a powerful simplicity."
Camarda Residence, Vashon Island. The Miller/Hull Partnership.
JURY COMMENTS: "This house certainly reflects a joyous attitude, which came through in occupancy: clarity carried through."