AIA announces 2003 Honor Awards

January 08, 2003 |

The American Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2003 AIA Honor Awards, which recognize excellence in architecture, interiors, and urban design. Selected from nearly 600 submissions, 31 recipients will be honored in May at the 2003 AIA National Convention and Expo in San Diego.

Steven Holl’s latest creation — the Lego-like, 350-bed Simmons Hall at MIT, Cambridge, Mass. — is among 15 Honor Awards given for Outstanding Architecture. Other winners include:

n Will Rogers World Airport Snow Barn, Oklahoma City, by Elliott + Associates Architects: This 18,000-sq.-ft. structure serves as storage facility for airport snow removal equipment. The building is created with materials and color that relates to the concept of flight, including as soaring wedge form and reflective “fuselage” materials.

n Boston Public Library, Allston, Mass., by Machado and Silvetti Associates Inc.: The new Allston Branch Library is a single story 20,000-sq.-ft. building along a prominent neighborhood street. The building addresses issues that are important to the Boston Public Library, including maximum visual control within the library, a reading garden that serves as many spaces as possible, off-hours access for community use, and a prominent reading room on the front of the building. Its warm material palette is made up of slate shingles and panels, rough slate blocks, and wood cladding.

n American Folk Art Museum, New York City, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects: This eight-story building features a metal façade consisting of panels of Tombasil, a form of white bronze. The building’s four upper floors are devoted to gallery space for permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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