Merit 2004

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

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Merit Award, Lot with a Little
Farmer's Daughter Hotel, Romero Thorsen Design

The Farmer's Daughter Hotel is located in Los Angeles across the street from the CBS Studios and The Grove Shopping Center. The hotel was in desperate need of renovation both graphic and architectural. However, the budget was extremely limited.

Through the creation of a strong image/logo and the use of low-tech materials like corten steel, recycled barn wood, and paint, the hotel transforms into a bold expressive canvas that commands attention from its urban counterparts.

Romero Thorsen Design

R-G-B

Merit Award, Lot with a Little
R-G-B, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Electroland

Eighty-one colored lights cover a distance of over 180 meters, visible both inside and outside the building. Visitors instantly manipulate lighting patterns through touching single digit keys on their mobile phone.

Electroland

Nano Jon Arcade

Merit Award
Nano Jon Arcade, Jonathan Deepe, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Nano Jon is the arcade that gamers have always wished for, where the line between the real world and the virtual one is blurred. It is a place where – no matter what your age – you can experience the full spectrum of electronic media from the days of old to today.

Jonathan Deepe, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

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