2008 Awards

Drive By

Honor Award
Drive By, J.H. Snyder Company, Electroland LLC

Drive By, a custom 240-ft.-long by 6-ft.-high LED display, comments on Los Angeles’ driving culture as well as its love affair with the movies. A Percent for Art project commissioned by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and completed in May 2007, it was intended as a landmark work to complement a nearby Metrorail stop.

Electroland LLC

The New York Times Building Façade

Honor Award
The New York Times Building Façade, Forest City Ratner Companies, Pentagram

Times Square gained its latest sign when the logo of The New York Times was installed on the Eighth Avenue façade of its new Renzo Piano-designed headquarters tower. But what looks like a simple sign—if a 110-ft.-long logo set as a 10,116-point version of the newspaper’s iconic Fraktur font can be called simple—is actually an intricate skin assembled from nearly a thousand separate custom-designed pieces, each a painted, extruded aluminum sleeve 3 inches in diameter.

Pentagram

Spertus Institute

Honor Award
Spertus Institute, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Krueck & Sexton Architects

Spertus Institute Graphics and Wayfinding

“Let there be light” is the phrase that accompanies the logo for the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. The logo is a graphic representation of a candle flame—symbolizing the Spertus commitment to learning through education and the arts, today and into the future.

Studio/lab

University of South Australia Signage

Honor Award
University of South Australia Signage, Adelaide, Australia, Emerystudio

The Hawke Building is the new “front door” of the University of South Australia in Adelaide, one of the country’s top universities. It houses not only the university chancellor’s offices, but the Anne & Gordon Samstung Museum of Art and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library and Centre.

Designed by John Wardle Architects, the building is a compilation of dramatic dimensional concrete forms spliced by a glazed prism entry.

Emerystudio

Zeche Zollverein Wayfinding

Honor Award
Zeche Zollverein Wayfinding, Landesentwicklungsgesellsutag (LEG Research and Development Company), F1RST DESIGN

Zeche Zollverein is an abandoned coal mine in Essen, Germany, in the Ruhrgebiet, once the country’s industrial heartland. Shut down in 1986, it was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2001 due to its significance as a coal-mining operation as well as its design features, including several 20th century buildings of architectural significance.

F1RST DESIGN

Ateliér à Torcí Facade

Merit Award
Ateliér à Torcí Facade, Rennes, France, Batir France Ingéniere S.A.

France’s Ille-et-Vilaine region in the east of Brittany is an important art, history, and culture center. Surrounded by its medieval architecture and cultural treasures, a modern business park sits on the busy expressway linking Rennes with LeMans.

A well-known cheese company located in the business park saw the opportunity for high visibility along the expressway. In Fall 2007, the building’s façade was covered with 167 square meters of Illumesh, a metal fabric mesh made of recycled stainless steel with integrated LED technology.

Batir France Ingéniere S.A.

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