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Maki and Associates’ MIT Media Lab Leads Boston Society of Architects Awards with Harleston Parker Medal

Deemed the most beautiful new building in Boston, the glass-clad MIT Media lab leads a diverse array of award winners this year, including trendsetting healthcare and research facilities, avant garde desert houses, university art museums, and imposing, concrete memorials.

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Harleston Parker Medal for Most Beautiful Building in Boston

Harleston Parker Medal for Most Beautiful Building in Boston: MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., designed by Maki and Associates in association with Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Jury comments: This is a materially austere building, with a restrained palette of opaque white surfaces, transparent expanses, and strategic punches of bright color. Image courtesy of Anton Grassl/Esto.

Honor Award for Design Excellence and Honor Award for Healthcare Facilities Design

Honor Award for Design Excellence and Honor Award for Healthcare Facilities Design: Massachusetts General Hospital Lunder Building in Boston, designed by NBBJ. Jury comments: The Massachusetts General Hospital Lunder Building was recognized for successfully inserting a complex program into a difficult “tentacle” plan. Rather than a relentless corridor, the project creates an environment that looks to encourage and facilitate healing. Image courtesy of Frank Ouderman.

Honor Award for Design Excellence

Honor Award for Design Excellence: Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc., designed by  Machado and Silvetti Associates with managing architect Continuum Architects + Planners. Jury comments: We found the Chazen Museum to exhibit a mature composition, and we were impressed that the project was in no way derivative. This was a project built on a difficult site, but ultimately manages to be gracefully sophisticated. Image courtesy of Anton Grassl/Esto.

Honor Award for Design Excellence

Honor Award for Design Excellence: East House, in Chilmark, Mass., designed by Peter Rose + Partners. Jury comments: The East House was one of the best examples of a project that integrated the surrounding context into the structure itself in a complementary way. We were impressed by the successful risk-taking in juxtaposing raw concrete on the exterior with the restrained and elegant interior. Image courtesy of Matthew Snyder.

Honor Award for Small Firms/Small Projects

Honor Award for Small Firms/Small Projects: Westport River House in Westport, Mass., designed by Ruhl Walker Architects. Jury comments: [This house] is very elegant, with a number of sustainably forested materials that include mahogany decking and interior ash flooring. The cedar rain screen siding and other cedar shingles provide a contemporary riff on traditional New England design. The two central horizontal “bars” at the heart of the design slide gracefully past one another. Image courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker.

Honor Award for Small Firms/Small Projects

Honor Award for Small Firms/Small Projects: Memorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage in Nantes, France, designed by Wodiczko + Bonder Architecture. Jury comments: At 350 meters long, [it’s] on a massive urban scale. Visitors descend to an underground passage and find themselves in a long space enclosed by a pre-existing embankment and concrete walls. Proximity to the water conveys the disturbing sense of confinement implicit and explicit in the transport of slaves. This is excellent, powerful work. Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault.

Honor Award for Healthcare Facilities Design

Honor Award for Healthcare Facilities Design: Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in Boston, designed by ZGF Architects. Jury comments: This project represents an incredibly thorough and well-conceived healthcare delivery environment for patients, researchers, and staff. The 14-story above-grade building is designed as a series of glass and terra cotta forms that set back as it rises so as not to overwhelm the pedestrian experience and the neighborhood. Image courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker.

Honor Award for Interior Architecture/Interior Design

Honor Award for Interior Architecture/Interior Design: Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent in collaboration with Office dA. Jury comments: There is genius in the materiality of this adaptive reuse of a 1930s research building. The new program adds a studio and research facility to the College of Architecture. Overall, this work is most original in use of materials and in the juxtaposition of old and new. Image courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer.

Honor Award for Planning

Honor Award for Planning: Universidad del Istmo Masterplan in Fraijanes, Guatemala, designed by Sasaki Associates. Jury comments: Conceived as “a village on a hill,” the plan presents a model for rural areas transitioning to urban conditions. It is organized as a linear formation of buildings clustered around courtyards and patios interconnected by colonnades. Rendering courtesy of Sasaki Associates.

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design: Hybrid Office in Los Angeles, designed by Edward Ogosta Architecture. Jury comments: The interiors of this office space lie somewhere between furniture and architecture. Image courtesy of Edward Ogosta Architecture.

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design: Aquacultures/Taichung Gateway Park in Taichung, Taiwan, designed by Stoss Landscape Urbanism. Jury comments: This project focuses on solving water quantity and quality issues that are an annual problem in Taiwan. This problem is tackled by the development of a “spine of aquacultures” that form a biological treatment system for the grey water created when it rains in the city. Image courtesy of Stoss Landscape Urbanism.

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design

Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture and Design: Four Eyes House Coachella Valley, Calif., designed by Edward Ogosta Architecture. Jury comments: This project had the attention of the jury form the start. This assemblage of dramatic forms in the landscape is both sculptural and architecturally site specific. The house – composed of four sleeping towers – offer four unique sleeping environments. The window in each of the bedrooms is fixed on a single view – morning sunrise, mountain range, city lights, and night stars. Image courtesy of Edward Ogosta Architecture.

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