2015 AIA Institute Honorary Award for Interior Architecture


2015 AIA Institute Honorary Award for Interior Architecture

Celebrating the most innovative spaces in interior design, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected this year’s winners for the prestigious Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. These eight projects will be recognized for their exceptional design at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exhibition in Atlanta.

Learn more about the winning designs after the break.

Arent Fox / STUDIOS Architecture.  Image © Eric LaignelBeats By Dre / Architecture Bestor.  Image © Jasper SanidadBarbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects;  Design Republic Partners Architects LLP.  Image © Michael MoranNational September 11 Memorial Museum / Davis Brody Bond.  Image © James Ewing Photography+ 8

Arent Fox / STUDIOS Architecture.  Image © Eric Laignel
Arent Fox / STUDIOS Architecture. Image © Eric Laignel

Arent Fox; Washington, DC / Architecture STUDIOS

Key elements of this office building include a formal reception space with a physical and visual connection to the building lobby, a conference center, an auditorium with multi-level seating, relaxation areas for receptions and slab openings on typical office floors for a visual connection to other floors. The building has two main sides facing the street and two sides facing an alley. To create parity between the two, the design places key elements on the alley side of the building to draw people from front to back for collaboration and support functions. Glass was used to shape offices and conference rooms and to blur the line between traffic and enclosed spaces.

Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects;  Design Republic Partners Architects LLP.  Image © Michael Moran
Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects; Design Republic Partners Architects LLP. Image © Michael Moran

The Barbarian Group; New York City / Clive Wilkinson Architects; Design Republic Partners Architects LLP

The offices of digital marketing firm The Barbarian Group were designed with connectivity, accessibility and collaboration in mind. Simplifying the basic needs of the conventional office to their core, an endless table was envisioned that connects all employees on a single surface. The table, nicknamed “the Superdesk”, rises and falls throughout the space, lifting itself above the paths and creating caves of work and meeting under its arches. Its plywood underside is made up of 870 unique laser-cut panels and its top surface is a light reflecting pearly white with a clear epoxy coating.

Beats By Dre / Architecture Bestor.  Image © Jasper Sanidad
Beats By Dre / Architecture Bestor. Image © Jasper Sanidad

Beats by Dre; Culver City, CA / Architecture Bestor

The Beats By Dre Campus was designed to reflect the diverse and innovative work undertaken in the fields of music and technology. The main building is carved with a two-storey hall which forms an axis and two courtyards to orient the workspaces. Classes connect to diverse work environments and include desks, open workstations, flexible workspaces, and interactive conference rooms. The desk plan encourages interaction and contact between departments by establishing a variety of calculated environments that exist within the larger workspace: peaceful, active, elegant, or minimal.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architects.  Image © Timothy Hursly
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursly

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store; Bentonville, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architect

The work of local Arkansas basket maker Leon Niehues, known for his ribbed carved baskets made from young white oaks from the Ozarks, inspired the design of the museum store, located in the heart of the Moshe-designed museum Safdie, FAIA (2011) in Bentonville, Arkansas. A series of 224 parallel ribs, made from locally harvested cherry plywood, were digitally fabricated directly from the company’s Building Information Modeling delivery process. Starting at the top of the exterior glass wall, the ribs run through the ceiling and along the long back wall of the store.

Restoration of the west wing of the Illinois State Capitol / Vinci Hamp Architects.  Image © Tom Rossiter
Restoration of the west wing of the Illinois State Capitol / Vinci Hamp Architects. Image © Tom Rossiter

Restoration of the west wing of the Illinois State Capitol; Springfield, Illinois / Vinci Hamp Architects

The West Wing of the Illinois State Capitol is the second phase of a comprehensive renovation program for this 293,000 square foot National Historic Landmark. Designed by French immigrant architect Alfred Piquenard between 1868 and 1888, the Capitol represents the pinnacle of Second Empire design in Illinois. Over the years, inappropriate changes have been brought about by insensitive modifications and fires. The mandate of the project was to restore the exuberant architecture of the four floors and the basement of the west wing, while simultaneously making the necessary improvements to the safety of people, accessibility, security and energy efficiency of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Louisiana State Museum; Natchitoches, Louisiana / Trahan Architects

The Louisiana State Museum merges historical and sporting collections, elevating the experience for both. Located in Louisiana Purchase’s oldest settlement on the shores of Cane River Lake, the calm but innovative design reinterprets the geometry of neighboring plantation homes and the riverside topography; between past and future. The spaces come together to host exhibitions, educational activities, events and support functions. The hand-folded copper container contrasts with the digitally sculpted cast stone entrance and foyer, emphasizing the dialogue between man and nature.

National September 11 Memorial Museum / Davis Brody Bond.  Image © James Ewing Photography
National September 11 Memorial Museum / Davis Brody Bond. Image © James Ewing Photography

National September 11 Memorial Museum; New York City / Davis Brody Bond

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is built on the foundations of the Twin Towers, 70 feet below street level. Visitors access the museum by a gently sloping descent, a route offering time and space for reflection and memory. Iconic elements of the site, such as the surviving Slurry Wall, are gradually revealed. This silent procession allows visitors to connect with their own memories of 9/11 as part of the experience. Located at the site of the event, the museum provides the opportunity to link the act of commemoration to the stories, artefacts and history of that day.

Newport Beach Civic Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.  Image © Nic Lehoux
Newport Beach Civic Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Nic Lehoux

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park; Newport Beach, CA / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The Newport Beach Civic Center and Park creates a center of civic life in this Southern California seaside community. Nestled in a new 17-acre park, City Hall is designed for clarity and openness. A long, slender building supporting a rhythmic wave-shaped roof offers a light and airy interior, complemented by connections with exterior program elements, a maritime palette and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The form and expression of the project are generated by the location and sustainability, as well as by the democratic values ​​of transparency and collaboration of the City.

The 2015 jury included:

  • Rick Kremer, FAIA (Chairman), Architect Rick Kremer, FAIA
  • Matt Murphy, AIA, RMTA
  • Luke Ogrydziak, AIA, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
  • Susan Elizabeth Seifert, AIA, seifertmurphy
  • Steven Shapiro, Hon. AIA, Clark Construction

Project descriptions courtesy of AIA



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