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AIA New Hampshire Design Awards Harken Back to New England Villages

In many parts of the country, a simple gabled roof, reminiscent of rural villages, barns, and vernacular farm architecture, brings to mind notions of home and tradition, domestic comfort, and a deep-seated sense of belonging; concepts that a great many building types would like to be associated with. Several projects rewarded by AIA New Hampshire have seized onto this tactic, using broad barn-forms to conjure memories of familiar tranquility and a love of place.


Honor Award

<b>City of Manchester Police Department</b> in Manchester, N.H., designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects (police planning architect: Architects Design Group, Winter Park, Fla.) Jury comments: This is a brilliant fa&ccedil;ade solution for both the function and context. The uniformity of a police department and the various internal functions within are unified by the fa&ccedil;ade. The design skillfully considers that the police department must be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Image courtesy of Joseph St. Pierre and Mike Sears Photography.

Honor Award

<b>Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics Building at the University of New Hampshire</b> in Durham, N.H., designed by Goody Clancy. Jury comments: This design is an exceptional response for the site and integrates well with the context. There is an expressive use of materials with varying textures, exceptional detailing, and wonderful orienting of spaces, all enhanced by natural light that enriches the interior. Image courtesy of Anton Grassi, Eso Photographics.

Honor Award

<b>Norway Point</b> in New Hampshire designed by Samyn-D'Elia Architects. Jury comments: The jury was extremely impressed with how well this house was integrated into the landscape, addressed setbacks, preservation, and views from the lake. It looks as if it has been there forever. Image courtesy of Joseph St. Pierre.

Merit and Commercial People&rsquo;s Choice Award

<b>Keene Family YMCA</b> in Keene, N.H., designed by ARC/Architectural Resources. Jury comments: The jury was impressed with the successful use of the pre-engineered steel building construction type. The architects successfully worked within the restraints of a limited budget. Image courtesy of John Horner.

Merit Award

<b>Lighthouse Cove Cottage</b> in Wolfeboro, N.H., designed by TMS Architects. Jury comments: This is a skillfully crafted, exceptionally detailed, classic waterfront cottage. Image courtesy of Karosis Photography.

Merit Award

<b>Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus Academic Building</b> in Peru, Vt., designed by Bensonwood. Jury comments: This is a strong concept consistently carried through. The respect for the environment is as integral to the architecture as it is to the mission of the school. The jury appreciated how the structure, columns, and framing define the composition and are a metaphor for the forest setting. Image courtesy of Al Karevy Photography.

Citation Award

<b>Manchester Community College Student Center</b> in Manchester, N.H., designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects. Jury comments: The strong interior design provides a dynamic environment with an appropriate variety of space types and scales. The project effectively expresses its role as a crossroads for student interaction. Image courtesy of Ed Wonsek.

Citation Award

<b>Piedra Fina Restaurant</b> in Marlborough, N.H., designed by Daniel V. Scully/Architects. Jury comments: This project incorporates an historic form into a successful expression of roadside architecture where there is a signature element that is appropriate for a restaurant. Image courtesy of Nancy Belluscio On-Site Photography.

Citation Award

<b>Private residence</b> in rural New Hampshire, designed by Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects. Jury comments: The jury was impressed with the modern farmhouse aesthetic, the composition of objects in the landscape, and the clear use of the materials. Image courtesy of John W. Hession.

Residential People&rsquo;s Choice Award

<b>Ash Street Split</b>, in Portsmouth, N.H., designed by McHenry Architecture. Image courtesy of David Maurand.

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