AIA Pennsylvania awards Spillman Farmer Architects for ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

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The American Institute of Architects Chapter has awarded a Silver Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to Spillman Farmer Architects for their highly successful ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania, the dynamic performing arts, media and cultural center has served as an anchor for the revitalization effort in the City of Bethlehem that is transforming the once-abandoned historic industrial core into a dynamic, sustainable and livable mixed-use community. The 200-foot industrial ruins towering above the ArtsQuest Center is part of the country’s largest privately-owned brownfield.

AIA jurors praised the project saying, “The design captures the energy and utilitarian beauty that the best of the industrial revolution once offered. At the same time it demonstrates the power that a truly successful marriage of architecture and program can exert in bringing new purpose and hope to the most abandoned parts of our community.”

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Creekside Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Located in , California the Creekside Residence sits in its own natural world.  The site is in a meadow surrounded by western oaks, Douglas fir, and aromatic bays that border two creeks that never meet.  Bohlin Cywinski Jackson focused the design of the residence around the surrounding landscape creating cantilevered roofs and views to the environment beyond.  This project received a 2009 Honor Award for Design AIA Pennsylvania and a 2009 Wood Design Honor Award.  More photographs and sketches following the break.

Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Woodside, California,
Principal for Design: Peter Q. Bohlin FAIA
Principal in Charge: Gregory R. Mottola AIA
Project Manager: Denis Schofield AIA LEED AP, Associate
Project Team: Ben McDonald, Christopher Moore, Brian Padgett, Michael Waltner
Structural Engineering: Umerani Associates
MEP Engineering: C&B Engineers
Civil Engineering: Lea and Braze Engineering, Inc.
Landscape Architects: Patrick Brennan
Lighting Design: David Wilds Patton Lighting Design / Isometrix
Geotechnical Engineering: Murray Engineers
Acoustic Engineering: Charles M. Salter Associates Inc.
Contractor: Van Acker Construction, Louis Ptak Construction, Inc.
Client Representative: The Rockridge Group, Ken Morrison
Project Area: 10,200 sqf
Project Year: 2003-2007
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

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Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit Out on a Limb, designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, was the 2010 AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Gold Medal Winner, 2010 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Award, 2010 “Best of Philly” Award, and the 2010 American Association of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Design Award. Suspended 50 feet above the forest floor this network of walkways (450-feet in length) provides a bird’s eye view of the forest, complete with a giant Bird’s Nest, Squirrel Scramble rope, and many vista platforms.

Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and renderings of Out on a Limb.

Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Consultant: Forever Young Treehouse, Inc
Structural Engineers: CVM Engineering
Construction Managers: CVM Construction
Civil Engineers: Hunt Engineering Company
Lighting Designers: Grenald Waldron Associates
Exhibit Designers: Sparks Exhibits and Environments
Photographs: Paul Warchol