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Slanted and Canted: Curious Angles Define AIA Nebraska Awards

Many of the projects featured in AIA Nebraska’s latest set of awards have a different point of view: Unexpected angles and inclines unmoor predictable expectations and reorient perceptions of space. Whether it’s a subtle and sly perspective trick, or a ceiling slashing downward into a wall, these projects deform the de facto grid eyes are trained to look for. Their purposes vary (to subdivide different programmatic areas, to better harmonize with the ground plane, and to break up otherwise monolithic massing) but they’re all united by looking at things from a different perspective.

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Architecture Honor Award

<b>CO2</b> in Omaha, designed by RDG Planning and Design. Jury comments: A compositionally dynamic scheme with well integrated relationships between building and site. The building exhibits urban fortitude and acts as a good model for dense residential development. Image courtesy of Tom Kessler.

Architecture Honor Award

<b>Nebraska State Capitol Exterior Restoration</b> in Lincoln, Nebr., designed by BVH Architects. Jury comments: A beautifully crafted and carefully researched restoration that provides the past with a future. The presentation provided a clear narrative for the architectural and civic value of historic preservation. Image courtesy of Tom Kessler.

Architecture Honor Award

<b>Galveston Fire Station #4</b> in Galveston, Texas, designed by HDR. Jury comments: A compelling figure on the land that provides extensive views of the airfield and agricultural fields beyond. Clear organization of the residential and work areas translates to a beautifully articulated building form. Image courtesy of Dan Schwalm.

Interiors Honor Award

<b>Ovations Lounge at the Holland Performing Arts Center</b> in Omaha, designed by HDR. Jury comments: A minimally defined space that achieves an understated elegance with formal and material restraint, and careful use of color. The design enhances the lobby and fa&ccedil;ade. This is a place to sit and be seen. Image courtesy of Dan Schwalm.

Interior Merit Award

<b>Phenomblue</b> in Omaha, designed by TACKarchitects. Jury comments: A dynamic interior that is achieved with an economy of means. The folded plywood datum articulates space, and activates space, providing a graphic and clear understanding of the design idea. Image courtesy of Tom Kessler.

Architecture Merit Award

<b>University of Nebraska, Lincoln Jorgensen Hall Department of Physics and Astronomy and Voelte-Keegan NanoScience Research Center</b> in Lincoln, Nebr., designed by Perkins+Will. Jury comments: A commendable massing and plan strategy that is legible and thoughtfully articulated. The use of natural materials of brick and wood provides both restraint and integrity to the interiors. Image courtesy of Charles Davis Smith Photography.

Detail Award for Merit

<b>Stones Table</b> in San Francisco, designed by Min | Day. Jury comments: A delightfully inventive parts-to-the-whole design that is interactive and infinitely scalable. The individual parts each have their own identity, and yet can be composed to recall their origins. Image courtesy of Bruce Damonte.

Unbuilt Award for Merit

<b>Community CROPS: Urban Farm Project & Community Food Center</b> in Lincoln, Nebr., designed by Min | Day, and University of Nebraska, Lincoln students Drew Seyl, Mo Trumble, and Nick Pajerski. Jury comments: A comprehensive urban agriculture proposal that provides an alternative model for land use and architectural infrastructure. The scheme is commendable for being thoroughly researched and rigorously executed. Image courtesy of Min | Day.

People&rsquo;s Choice for Architecture Award

<b>Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA</b>, in Abu Dhabi, designed by LEO A DALY. Image courtesy of Joe Sassine/Shadow Photography Dubai UAE.

People&rsquo;s Choice for Interior Architecture Award

<b>Quinn-McCallum Residence</b> in Omaha, designed by LEO A DALY. Image courtesy of LEO A DALY.

People&rsquo;s Choice for Architectural Detail Award

<b>Lied Center for the Performing Arts Lied Commons</b> in Lincoln, Nebr., designed by BVH Architects. Image courtesy of Tom Kessler.

People&rsquo;s Choice for Unbuilt Architecture Award

<b>SAC Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters</b>, in Papillion, Nebr., designed by LEO A DALY. Image courtesy of LEO A DALY.



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