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Renovations and Additions Featured in 2012 AIA Kentucky Design Awards

From architecture school onward, blank canvas, green-field building projects occupy designers’ minds and attention, and the ideal building site is one where anything is permissible. But architects must learn to design and build in a world already filled with buildings. Hence, AIA Kentucky’s latest design awards show how existing buildings and their inherent constraints can fuel inspiration just as well as the blankest page and the bluest sky budget. Repaired century-old terra cotta facades, residential additions that comment on the past without obscuring it, and a barber shop that lets its rough-hewn original materials do the talking, these awards celebrate how today’s most successful architecture must heed yesterday’s guidance.

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Honor Award

Private Residence in Louisville, designed by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Jury comments: This is a very mature work. Simple, modern additions are strategically located, well-proportioned, and complement the historic structure beautifully. New and old are defined by slight contrast, yet are carefully woven together. Image courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop.

Honor Award

Meadow View Cemetery Pavilion  in Louisville, designed by JRA Architects. Jury Comments: Overall, a lovely structure–elegant in its details–that is appropriately formal and inviting at the same time. The architecture celebrates the ritual and the overall humility of the situation.  The butterfly roof does its job as a reference to an uplifting metamorphosis. Beautiful, humble, serene. Image courtesy of JRA Architects.

Honor Award

The Jx2 House in Lexington, Ky., designed by Margaret Jacobs, AIA and Michael Jacobs, AIA. Jury comments: Incredible discipline and clarity characterize this simple box form.  While contemporary in its language and at first glance disconnected from the culture of the regional context, the metal finish and the siting of the project in the landscape meadow makes an enriching connection to other agrarian or farm buildings that beautifully punctuate this region. Image courtesy of Frank Doring Photography.

Honor Award

s.ky blue solarhouse in Lexington, Ky., designed by Luhan Studio and the University of Kentucky s.ky blue solarhouse team. Jury comments: This house is a great example of design that addresses energy savings in compact, simple forms. The rigorous integration of form and technology creates a great learning experience for students, developing ideas they can actually build! Image courtesy of Gregory A. Luhan, AIA.

Honor Award

Market Street Barbers in Louisville designed by Architectural Artisans. Jury comments: This thoughtful and careful renovation demonstrates a skillful architectural handling of the relationship between the new barbershop and the old building.  The deference to existing murals and finishes adds a level of richness to the interior environment.  [It’s] an utterly simple, clever integration of existing elements, function, and branding. Image courtesy of Ed Brown.

Citation Award

Shawnee Library Addition and Renovation in Louisville, designed by Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers & Interior Designers (Architect of Record) and MS&R Architects (Design Architect). Jury comments: The new addition is a well-proportioned, strong, and contrasting form to the historic building.  Image courtesy of Moberly Photography, Inc. © Luckett & Farley.

Citation Award

Urban Active Fitness at Polaris in Columbus, Ohio, designed by EOP Architects. Jury comments: [We were] very impressed with the interior spatial development, which suggested an exciting and enriching community environment.  The spatial and volumetric development inside enhances this sense of community, perhaps doing what trainers aspire to:  make exercise interesting.  Image courtesy of Phebus Photography.

Citation Award

TrusT Lounge in Lexington, Ky., designed by GRW.  Jury comments: [We] appreciated the overall effort expended in this 19th-century bank facade restoration, as it reflects a commitment that surely enhances the streetscape. Image courtesy of Walt Roycraft Photography.

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