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AIA Potomac Valley Designs Refresh Contemporary Modernism

Among the winners of the 2012 AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards, there are stylish and handsome new libraries by international luminary architects and a charter education campus confidently poking its asymmetrical mass of stacked red metal-clad blocks out over one of Washington’s broad, axial boulevards. It’s a far cry from the prim and pristine Neo-Classical design traditions that the city was founded on, and perhaps even further from the stoic Brutalist Modernism that dominated Washington architecture in the mid-20th century.

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Institutional Honor Award

Institutional Honor Award: Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., designed by Adjaye Associates and Wiencek + Associates Architects + Partners. Jury comments: The geometry of the architectural language creates an iconic building with a strong sense of place inside and out. The interior spaces are inviting and memorable. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor.

Institutional Honor Award

Institutional Honor Award: Somerset Pool House in Somerset, Md., designed by McInturff Architects. Jury comments: A small project exemplifying highly skillful design that resulted in significant transformation of the existing facility. Elegant, well-proportioned exteriors and interiors. Image courtesy of Julia Heine/McInturff Architects.

Institutional Merit Award

Institutional Merit Award: EL Haynes at Georgia Avenue in Washington, D.C., designed by Shinberg/Levinas Architects. Jury comments: Through creative responses to site, program, and budget, the architects designed a beautiful place for teaching, learning, and gathering. A simple, strong exterior is complimented by lively interior places. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie.

Institutional Merit Award

Institutional Merit Award: William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, in Washington, D.C., designed by Adjaye Associates and Wiencek + Associates Architects + Partners. Jury comments: A bold, provocative, nicely detailed library with the sense of a community center. Architecture as an icon and catalyst for positive change in a dense neighborhood. Image courtesy of Eric Taylor.

Institutional Citation for Adaptive Reuse

Institutional Citation for Adaptive Reuse: CASA De Maryland in Langley Park, Md., designed by Bucher | Borges Group. Jury comments: A strong example of successful adaptive reuse, with evidence of attention to historic architectural elements and details. Image courtesy of Kenneth Wyner.

Interiors Honor Award

Interiors Honor Award: District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C., designed by Hickok Cole Architects. Jury comments: An excellent renovation for the reuse of a building in an urban setting. Selected materials and finishes demonstrate skillful integration of architectural and interior design. Image courtesy of Anice Hoachlander.

Interiors Merit Award

Interiors Merit Award: The Advisory Board Company-Crimson, in Austin, designed by SmithGroupJJR. Jury comments: A great office space for people to work, meet, and talk. The architects successfully created visual and spatial variety, and united all the elements through a wood ceiling structure. Image courtesy of Christopher Barrett.

Mixed-Use Merit Award

Mixed-Use Merit Award: 10th & G St. Offices and First Congregational United Church of Christ, in Washington, D.C., designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Cunningham | Quill Architects. Jury comments: The design has an understandable, justifiable parti. The architects responded appropriately to the site and architecture of the surrounding structures, and created a building with strong urban presence [that's] a good neighbor. Image courtesy of Michael Moran, Skanska, CQA.

Multifamily Honor Award

Multifamily Honor Award: Citta 50 in Washington, D.C., designed by Bonstra/Haresign Architects. Jury comments: Thorough and creative re-use of a historic building. Very nice spatial sequence from a public street through a courtyard, and then to individual apartments. Successful at multiple scales, [from] urban design to material details. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie.

Multifamily Honor Award

Multifamily Honor Award: Davis Place in Arlington, Va., designed by Cunningham | Quill Architects. Jury comments: [We] appreciate the careful analysis of the existing neighborhood. The site plan, material, and color selection, detailing, natural ventilation, and connection to the landscape create a special place to live. This project is a wonderful example of good housing that happens to be affordable. Image courtesy of Paul Burk Photography, Hoachlander Davis Photography.

Residential Single Family Honor Award

Residential Single Family Honor Award: Cape Cod Cottage, in Truro, Mass., designed by David Jones Architects. Jury comments: A beautifully sited home. The design is successfully informed by the Cape Cod vernacular and creates a welcoming understated presence. Image courtesy of Robert Lautman.

Residential Single Family Honor Award

Residential Single Family Honor Award: The Treehouse in Washington, D.C., designed by Cunningham | Quill Architects. Jury comments: A limited material palette of cedar and bluestone has been carefully detailed to create this beautiful space. An elegant solution to a simple program. Image courtesy of Paul Burke Photography.

Residential Single Family Merit Award

Residential Single Family Merit Award: The Hazel River Cabin in Woodville, Va., designed by Bonstra/Haresign Architects. Jury comments: A building in three distinct parts that are integrated through skillful design. The spaces added to a relocated log cabin are modern and clean, and the interiors are nice and light, with attention to detail. Image courtesy of Anice Hoachlander.

Commercial Merit Award

Commercial Merit Award: LEED Certified Headquarters for Ruppert Nurseries in Laytonsville, Md., designed by Muse Architects. Jury comments: Responding to context, site, and existing building character, the design creates a harmonious complex. The buildings are well proportioned and scaled. Image courtesy of Alan Karchmer.

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