Merit 2004

The Jack, Will & Rob Center

Merit Award
The Jack, Will & Rob Center, The Felt Hat

The Jack, Will & Rob Center was built to commemorate the lives of three young brothers who perished in an airplane crash on Thanksgiving 1999. It is a gift to the depressed mill town of Camas, Washington, where the boys grew up, providing resources and affordable instruction in music, art, and computer sciences as each boy had a particular gift in one of the three areas. The challenge for the designer was to give meaningful expression to each emotionally charged idea, in a manner empathetic to the context of each architectural situation and all on a tight budget.

The Felt Hat

Luleå

Merit Award
Luleå, Irina Nakhova

Artificial Shrubbery was a public art installation at the Luleå International Sculpture Biennale in northern Sweden, in the outdoor garden area of Nordbatten Museum. The artist's intent was to create an interactive piece mixing images and objects of what the viewer would define as natural, within obvious forms of human-made objects. A confrontation between material, sight, and sound results in beautiful flowers as square boxes, a wave as a floating triangle, and a woman in a pleasing environment defined by flat surfaces.

Irina Nakhova

Monumental Scrims

Merit Award
Monumental Scrims, NBBJ, Catt Lyon Design

The graphics cladding the ramps of the Philadelphia Eagles' new stadium soften the somewhat harsh industrial appearance. The stadium's close proximity to an interstate and the flight path of Philadelphia International Airport provides excellent visibility for these graphics.

Catt Lyon Design

Pacific Design Center

Merit Award
Pacific Design Center, Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative

Exterior sculptures and a comprehensive interior and exterior wayfinding system were designed to enhance the famous Pacific Design Center complex, Los Angeles' premier designer showcase center. Twenty-five-foot tall, stainless steel sculptures – a lamp and a chair – symbolize the nature of the home furnishings design industry and dramatically reinforce the design center's landmark status. In addition, a clean, modern building identity and wayfinding system was created to streamline pedestrian and vehicular circulation around and within the building.

Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle

Merit Award
Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Matter Practice

The first major retrospective of the 20th Century designer who revolutionized the American home followed Wright's career from his early experience as a theatrical set designer to furnishings and dinnerware to his highly influential "Guide to Easier Living," a textbook for increased domestic efficiency. The challenge was to create an environment that was evocative of Wright's spirit and emphasize the domestic nature of his work.

Matter Practice

Scandinavia House

Merit Award
Scandinavia House, Polshek Partnership, Poulin + Morris

Scandinavia House is the new permanent home for the American-Scandinavian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Their Park Avenue building also houses a children's learning center, gallery, café, gift stop, and administrative offices.

Poulin + Morris

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