David Rockwell

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Merit Award 2016
Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights tells the story and brings to life the American civil rights movement and introduces past and current human rights issues across the globe. The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection gallery exhibits King’s personal papers and writings. Together they form the basis for an ongoing dialogue on international human rights.

Rockwell Group (exhibition design)

Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse

Merit Award
Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse, Michael Jordan/Peter & Penny Glazier, Rockwell Group

With Michael Jordan, restaurateurs Peter and Penny Glazier opened a new restaurant overlooking the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal. A series of screen walls define different areas and mediate between the scale of the terminal and that of the restaurant. A tall curved, wood wall, crowned with a dramatically lit metal leaf cornice, is inspired by the Beaux Arts design of the terminal, and separates the large dining room from a smaller private dining area.

Rockwell Group

The Rocky Horror Show

Merit Award
The Rocky Horror Show, Jordan Roth, Rockwell Group

The stage is set up to resemble a run-down, neglected old-time movie palace, a tribute to "B" movies of the fifties, complete with dilapidated theater seats, an art deco chandelier and a richly sculpted proscenium arch. The proscenium splits apart, collapses, and tracks off left and right; the movie seats flip upside down and disappear, and the scrim is pulled down to reveal a distorted metal grid wall in front of the onstage band.

Rockwell Group

POD Restaurant

Merit Award
POD Restaurant, Rockwell Group

Inspired by retro-modernism, but without overt reference, Pod is an all white space painted with colored lights. The restaurant features pods (individual spaces), from deuce pods along the dining perimeter, to pods for six to ten people that have internally illuminated color changing table tops. Some design features that make Pod so unique are the high gloss white epoxy walls, acoustic foam ceilings, creamy concrete floor, dipped rubber chairs, and a thirty foot red rubber lounge barge.

Rockwell Group

Absolut Flavor Suite

Merit Award
Absolut Flavor Suite, V&S Absolut Spirits and Esquire Magazine, Rockwell Group

Visitors to the Absolut® Flavor Suite at Caesars Palace are soaked in color, pattern, and branded ambience like the proverbial orange slice in a Blue Cosmopolitan. The Rockwell Group branded six separate "flavor" rooms using digital output to image everything from carpet to wallcovering, upholstery to window treatments, even lampshades. A visit to the suite invites a careful search: guests discover hidden iconography as they explore, adding depth to the "Find Your Flavor" theme.

Rockwell Group

SushiSamba Rio

Merit Award
SushiSamba Rio, Shimon Bokovza, Danielle Billera, Mathew Johnson, Rockwell Group

SushiSamba Rio's new exterior creates a relief from the existing brick facades of River North with undulating forms and vibrant canopies that recall the pageantry of Rio. Guests arrive through a Mondrian-inspired storefront of clear and colored glass marked by sculpted handles that pay homage to the sensuous forms of jellyfish from South Africa.

Rockwell Group

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