Normal Hall in the evening shortly before unveiling. Photo credit: arcDESIGN
Normal Hall in the evening shortly before unveiling. Photo credit: arcDESIGN

Last month, AIA Indiana announced the winners of their annual awards. Happily, a couple of familiar names were among the group.

ONE 10 STUDIO Architects came away with two awards. The first was a Merit Award (Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Reservation) for the Marion County Public Defender Agency project.

Jury Comments:

Though entered as an adaptive reuse, this project was the strongest interior as well. A small number of elements (red doors, wood ceiling panels, white walls) are employed to create spaces that elevate the program – a public defender’s agency. The new systems are clearly articulated and juxtaposed with the historic shell that contains them.

ONE 10 STUDIO also achieved a Citation Award – New Construction (Project cost greater than $1 million) for their Reliant Partners project.

Jury Comments:

This small commercial building is expressed as a simple, wood frame pavilion placed upon a masonry plinth. This strategy allows the lower level bank to appear (appropriately) secure, while allowing the upper level office space to be airy and filled with daylight. The scale of the building appears to complement the neighborhood without copying the neighbors.

Also honored with a Citation Award (Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Renovation) was arcDESIGN for their project at Indiana State University Normal Hall.

Jury Comments:

This project lovingly restores a series of public spaces lost and hidden by years of ill-conceived renovations. The preservation component of the project was thoroughly researched and painstakingly executed – recapturing the grandeur of this academic building. The work was very clearly communicated allowing the extent of the renovation to be completely understood.

Congratulations to all the Indiana design firms who won! And good luck going forward.

Shout-out Credit:

Holly Gill-Gaither, CIC
Agent, Professional Liability
Walker & Associates
Email: holly@walkeragency.com / Phone:317-759-9320

 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park / Drawing: Hargreaves AssociatesIn Barcelona last month, a/e ProNet client Hargreaves Associates received the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Senior Principal Mary Margaret Jones was on hand to collect the 15,000 Euro prize and spoke briefly about the project, which she helped design for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The park converted an abandoned industrial area of the capital. After years of pollution damage, the riverbank needed rehabilitation, and Hargreaves found a way to do it. At 270 acres, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the largest park created in Europe in more than 150 years.

As Jones said, the goal was to develop the area in a beautiful, sustainable way. Hargreaves Associates collaborated with London’s LDA Design on the innovative master plan. They combined traditional British landscapes with forward-thinking trends in green design. They hoped it would continue to be an asset to the city in the years after the Games had come and gone. The theme of the 9th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture was “Tomorrow Landscapes,” so the olympic park was the perfect candidate for the prize.

Learn more about the development of the park

Watch a short film on the creation of the park posted by the UK Landscape Institute. Or read more about the design at the Hargreaves website:

“The head gardener of the Olympic Park says,”This may have the feel of a Chelsea show garden, where everything has been grown to be at its best for the same limited period of time, but it really isn’t. After the Games, everything will be allowed to flower at its natural time of year. I’ve been a gardener for 35 years and I’d always previously worked on private estates because most municipal gardens are a bit crap. But this park is absolutely stunning.”

Congratulations to Hargreaves Associates! Read more about the award and ceremony at World-Architects.com.

Shout-out Credit:

Leslie Pancoast, CIC, RPLU
Managing Partner
IOA Insurance Services – Pleasanton, CA
Email: Leslie.Pancoast@ioausa.com / Phone: 925-416-7862


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The Cannery–a master-planned, “farm-to-table” community in Davis, California featuring neighborhoods joined by beautiful sets of trails and bike paths–has received the Gold Nugget Award for the Best Residential Housing Community of the Year. Congratulations to a/e ProNet client Jeffrey DeMure + Associates, an integral part of the outstanding team of design professionals responsible for the win!

Shout-out Credit:

Leslie Pancoast, CIC, RPLU
Managing Partner
IOA Insurance Services – Pleasanton, CA
Email: Leslie.Pancoast@ioausa.com / Phone: 925-416-7862

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Chicago architecture firm and a/e ProNet client John Ronan Architects is one of seven finalists for the design of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be built on Chicago’s South Side. The remaining seven firms hail from all over the world, so it’s exciting that at least one “local” architect made the cut. John Ronan Architects may be best known for the dramatic Poetry Foundation building in Chicago. Best of luck to the team!

Shout-out Credit:

Mike Welbel
M.G. Welbel and Associates
650 Dundee Road, Suite 170
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847.412.1414
mwelbel@mgwelbel.com

We’re excited to see some a/e ProNet clients among the winners at the recent 2015 Indiana Design Awards.

ONE 10 STUDIO Architects

IrvLofts_6Honor Award – New Construction
(Project cost greater than $1 million)

Project Name: 5855 Irvington Lofts (Indianapolis, IN)

Jury Comments:

This project uses economical materials judiciously and successfully. The minimalist language makes for striking architecture that does not look like affordable housing; the same reductivist approach is beautifully expressed in the highly disciplined floor plans as well. Generous expanses of glazing open up the interiors, making spaces feel larger than they are, and accent colors provide a vibrancy to the design both inside and out.

CityFarmhouseMerit Award – New Construction
(Project cost less than $1 million)

Project Name: City Farmhouse (Bloomington, IN)

Jury Comments:

The taut restraint exhibited in the design of this project transforms the farmhouse vernacular into a contemporary residential icon for the community. The simple, well-balanced composition, culminating in a corner-wrapping porch stepping down to grade is exceptional. Interiors are surprisingly open and light. Though obviously painstakingly designed, this project appears completely un-self-conscious and rooted in authenticity.

 

 

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Jarden_Fleck_07Honor Award – Interior Architecture
(Project cost greater than $1 million)

Project Name: Jarden Home Brands (Fishers, IN)

Jury Comments:

This was a beautiful presentation, and was consistent with the attention to detail, and vibrant color and texture present throughout the design. The jury appreciated the process drawings, and was taken with the imaginative use of the client’s products in the design. Floating ceilings simultaneously celebrate building systems, filter natural light, and define spaces in a minimal, interesting way. This looked to us like a wonderful place to work.

Taxman_Fleck_02Citation Award – Interior Architecture
(Project cost less than $1 million)

Project Name: Taxman Brewing Co. (Bargersville, IN)

Jury Comments:

his project was also very well presented, beginning and ending with contextual photos that helped the jury appreciate the importance of the immediate environs. A taut, industrial aesthetic is judiciously deployed, complementing the earlier industrial architecture, while tastefully accenting the client’s products. The result is a space that feels exciting, contemporary and authentic.

Read about all the winning projects and architects of 2015 on the AIA Indiana website.

Shout-out Credit:

Holly L. Gill, CIC
Agent, Professional Liability
Walker & Associates Insurance
317-759-9320 (office)

Scottsdale’s Dramatic ‘Scorpion House’ Can Be Yours For $5.5-Million

Undoubtedly one of the most dramatic homes in the American Southwest, the so-called Scorpion House has recently been put up for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed by a/e ProNet client Eddie Jones of Jones Studio in 2001, the 4,700-square foot Scorpion House blends “poured concrete, glass and oxidized titanium panels into a curvilinear plan that spans the desert and boulder outcroppings in an organic form to protect the natural setting.” It holds an impressive roster of design awards, including ‘Gold, Architecture under 5,000 Square Feet’ by The Arizona Home Book Design Excellence Awards. The property has also been featured in Architectural Digest and Desert Living Magazine.

Scottsdale’s Dramatic ‘Scorpion House’ Can Be Yours For $5.5-Million

Scottsdale’s Dramatic ‘Scorpion House’ Can Be Yours For $5.5-Million

See more beautiful photos of this luxurious private residence on the Xtravaganzi blog.

Shout-out Credit:

Jeff Gerrick
Professional Underwriters of Az., Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
Ph: 480-483-0440

CJK_FortyHolyMartyrsOrthodoxChurchChurches, cathedrals, and temples have historically drawn attention for their architectural beauty. Sometimes these buildings took centuries to complete, employing tens of thousands of craftsmen, all to meet the original vision of a single architect, inspired by the great Architect in the sky. It would be a mistake to think that–with the exception of project length and the architect’s scope of services–this has changed. Modern churches and temples continue to rise all over the world, and the architects behind them are often motivated by their own faith. These buildings are often spectacularly intricate, having been designed with a whole and holy purpose in mind.

One architect who has dedicated his practice to the design of such buildings is a/e ProNet client Christ J. Kamages of CJK Design Group in California. Many of the glorious, golden domes of modern Greek Orthodox churches, cathedrals, and missions across the country can be attributed to him. Last month, Mr. Kamages’s 33-year career earned him the honor of being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows at a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia.

As noted on the CJK Design Group blog:

Established in 1857, the American Institute of Architects is a professional association made up of Architects and a related field, which seeks to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.” Through the AIA, standards of ethics and business practice have been developed and members hold each other up to maintain the highest standards. Each year, the AIA selects Architects from its membership to be elevated to the status of Fellow. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.

Mr. Kamages was one of only 147 architects to be elevated to the College of Fellows this year. Of the 85,000-architect membership, only 3,200 have received this distinction.

Congratulations to Mr. Kamages and his fantastic team. We look forward to seeing many more beautiful designs from you in the years to come!

Shout-out Credit:

Leslie Pancoast, CIC, RPLU
Managing Partner
IOA Insurance Services – Pleasanton, CA
Email: Leslie.Pancoast@ioausa.com / Phone: 925-416-7862

When Hollywood celebrities shop for real estate, they seem to congregate in and around Los Angeles, where the famous hillside neighborhoods offer spectacular views of sunny Southern California. Once a big, beautiful house has been purchased, though, everyone likes to put his or her own stamp on the property. That’s when folks like Michael Bay (Transformers, Pearl Harbor) and Brian Grazer (Splash, Apollo 13) call on Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

AD_MichaelBayHomeMichael Bay residence, Los Angeles hills

“Miami architect Chad Oppenheim came up with the original concept for the 30,000-square-foot, three-story dwelling, modeling its sculptural massing of rectilinear forms and astonishing cantilevers after an unrealized proposal he had for a group of Caribbean villas. ‘I wanted the house to have the feel of a resort,’ recalls Bay, who is based in Miami but uses the residence for parties and relaxation during trips to L.A. ‘I looked at the first sketch Chad showed me and said, ‘That’s the house I want!” Architect Mark Rios of the L.A. firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, in turn, translated that vision into nuts-and-bolts reality, collaborating closely with decorator Lorraine Letendre, who created the main living and bedroom spaces. Designer Lynda Murray, meanwhile, tackled the spa, gym, and lower-level guest quarters. Add to this formidable roster of talent a battalion of contractors, engineers, artisans, and consultants, and one 
begins to fully grasp the ambition of the undertaking.” Excerpt from AD.com; read full article here.

AD_BrianGrazerHomeBrian Grazer residence, Pacific Palisades neighborhood

‘A 12,000-square-foot behemoth in Santa Monica initially seemed anything but promising… Grazer’s friend Brad Grey, chairman of Paramount Pictures, introduced him to architect Mark Rios, founding principal of the L.A. firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, who saw in the long, central volume at the heart of the existing hodgepodge the makings of a sleek contemporary barn. That design conceit, however, wasn’t an easy sell. ‘To Brian, the word barn wasn’t positive,’ Rios recalls. ‘It sounded too country. Then I showed him some Swiss houses that are tied to that vernacular but are very modern, and gradually he came around.’ Rios streamlined the main body of the house, removing a number of unnecessary and visually disruptive architectural protuberances, skimming dormers and clerestories, and staining the cedar façade a color that matched the slate roof to achieve a crisp, harmonious whole. “I wanted the house to have a tailored quality,” says the architect. ‘Self-assured without being grand.’ Excerpt from AD.com; read full article here.

Pick up the Celebrity Homes edition of Architectural Digest next month to read the full profiles of these two gorgeous projects. Congratulations to Mark Rios on this success!

Shout-out Credit:

Alicia K. Igram, AAI, VP & Branch Rep
Design & Consulting Liability Specialist
IOA Insurance Services – Aliso Viejo, CA
Email: Alicia.Igram@ioausa.com / Phone: 949-680-1789

Familiar Faces in the 2014 Architect 50

The Architect 50

We love seeing our members’ design clients on any premier list of architects. Scrolling through the brand new 2014 ARCHITECT 50 list from Architect Magazine, we’re excited to see several familiar names, including Brooks + Scarpa Architects and Mark Cavagnero Associates.

Each year, Architect Magazine strives “to compile a list that recognizes firms small and large, who are making their mark beyond just their ability to run a financially lucrative business. This year, [they] added a few new data points, capturing information on how firms are helping their interns gain licensure, both through financial incentives and culture. And [they] asked firms to submit a portfolio with an energy-efficient project that best exemplified their commitment to sustainability.” Read more about the methodology behind the annual selection of the Top 50 here.

More detailed lists of the Top 50 in Design, Top 50 in Business, and Top 50 in Sustainability are available on the Architect Magazine website, too. Congratulations to all the winners!