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Several faculty-run firms win BSA Awards

The firms of faculty Alexander D’Hooghe, J. Meejin Yoon, and Alex Anmahian have been selected as winners of the 2016 Honor Awards for Design Excellence awarded by the Boston Society of Architects.

Sheila Kennedy’s project (Kennedy & Violich Architecture) for the Tozzer Anthropology Building is a finalist for the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal, which is presented to “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of Boston.”

The Brussels Market Building by the ORG for Permanent Modernity and Shadow Play by Höweler + Yoon Architecture received the Honor Awards for Design Excellence. The African Agribusiness Knowledge Center, by ORG for Permanent Modernity with P-REX, received the Unbuilt Architecture and Design Award.

The Brussels Market Building is a mixed-use market located in Anderlecht, Belgium and is part of large urban development. The building was designed using a permanent panel system that can accommodate a variety of programmatic needs and future occupants. The market houses retail, a fruit and vegetable market, a restaurant and large urban farm, and sells meat from an onsite slaughterhouse. ORG for Permanent Modernity was invited by Alejandro Aravena to exhibit an installation based on the Market Building at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. A full-scale mock-up of the project’s ‘platonic panels’ system is installed in Venice through November 27th, 2016.

Shadow Play, by Höweler + Yoon Architects, transforms a traffic median into a public space to foster pedestrian life in downtown Phoenix. “Clusters of shade structures create respite from the desert sun by offering a public parasol at the urban scale. As an urban platform to reclaim under-used public space, Shadow Play foregrounds its environment to create a site-specific collective place, ”explains Yoon. 

The Gemma Observatory, by Anmahian Winton Architects, is a private observatory in central New Hampshire. The design for the observatory aims for a synthesized architectural form as an extension of the site which is characterized by granite bedrock outcroppings. A pattern of lock-seamed zinc cladding mediates between the building’s geometry and the site topography while enabling a visual and material relation to the site’s geologic context.

Additional winners include: Anne Beha (DEGREE YEAR), Anne Beha Architects, and William Rawn (DEGREE YEAR), William Rawn Associates, each received an Education Facilities Design Award.

The awards will be presented at the 2017 BSA Design Awards Gala on February 16, 2017, where the award levels will be announced.

Images:
 Slide 1, ORG Brussels Market Building
Slide 2, ORG ORG: Knowledge Center Facility in Ghana
Slide 3, Höweler + Yoon Shadow Play
Slide 4, Gemma Observatory
Slide 5, Tozzer Anthropology Building