Merit 2007

7 World Trade Center

The rebirth of 7 World Trade Center was significant to Lower Manhattan in many ways. The original building was destroyed on September 11, 2001, and the new 52-story building is the first permanent structure to rise from the World Trade Center site. It was also the first LEED skyscraper in New York and was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold status.

Absolut Flavor Suite

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.

Archiving Memory

Archiving Memory: A Public Artwork and Memorial

Archiving Memory was a temporary, site-specific artwork and memorial based on a rare collection of Holocaust-era photos and oral histories at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Black Flys Concept Store

Building on the youth-oriented SoCal culture of the Black Flys sunglasses brand, this portfolio piece imagines a branded signage program for a Black Flys concept store. Jonathan Deepe's program integrates primary identity signage, product displays, environmental graphics, and a logo inspired by Bat Man, The Moth, and other comic book art.

Children's Museum of the East End

Childhood should be a wonderful journey, and the Children's Museum of the East End helps make the trip even better with a discovery-themed approach to the familiar and the unknown, the real and the imagined, and environments both natural and urban. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership provided complete architecture and exhibit design services for the Long Island museum.

City Museum

Melbourne's City Museum calls itself "The Gateway to Marvelous Melbourne," and is considered an excellent orientation to visiting the city. It is located in the historic Old Treasury building, at a primary city intersection. Its main entry, however, is through a nondescript door found only after climbing a grand stair and crossing a windswept podium.

emerystudio's job was to signal the presence of the museum in a dramatic way and encourage visitors to make the trek to see its permanent and temporary exhibits.

Eureka Carpark

With miles of concrete and cinder block as their palette, the emerystudio design team decided to have some fun with graphics for the Eureka Tower parking garage in Melbourne.

Inspired by the work of Swiss artist Felice Varini—whose perspective-defying installations look a lot like giant vector art superimposed on buildings or interior architectural spaces—the team designed colorful forms that are both two- and three-dimensional.

The Hearst Building Sign Program

Manhattan's Hearst Tower, the first LEED office tower in New York, is a modern reinterpretation of the Hearst Corporation's original six-story, cast stone, Art Deco home. Foster + Partners inserted a 44-story steel-and-glass tower inside the original structure. The landmark façade is now a 70-ft.-high, skylit atrium space.

The High Style of Dorothy Draper

The first American interior designer to become a household name, Dorothy Draper was the mid-20th century's Martha Stewart. For a retrospective of her work at the Museum of the City of New York, Pure+Applied used dramatic overscaling and fresh interpretations of Draper's signature decorating techniques to illustrate her bold, brash, and sometimes grandiose style.

The Museum of the Portuguese Language

Designing exhibits for a museum whose purpose is to celebrate a language is a bit different from creating a shrine for artifacts. At the Museum of the Portuguese Language, the world's first museum of its kind, Ralph Appelbaum Associates presents the language as a dynamic cultural heritage and uses technology to emphasize its permanent state of transformation.

Nativity

emerystudio was tasked with designing temporary street decorations for the City of Melbourne's 2006/2007 holiday season. City officials dedicated a wall in a central city location for the installation of a nativity scene.

emerystudio steered the design solution away from the traditional crèche approach and instead designed a type-based solution founded on the "nativity text" from the Bible.

Newport Tower Marketing Center

Designed as an exhibition space to market one of New Jersey's tallest buildings, the Newport Tower Marketing Center's purpose was to help potential tenants visualize what they could achieve within the space.

PMP Wall

Architect Bates Smart and client PMP Limited, a media production and magazine distribution company, requested a three-dimensional, textural, dramatically uplit installation to add pizzazz to a two-story reception area wall in the firm's Melbourne headquarters.

emerystudio responded with an abstract piece that refers to streams of digital information and the notion of a performance indicator, "a visual representation of the transition from chaos to order." Small fragments of the 23- by 26-ft. piece—made from humble MDF—are placed throughout the office.

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College Heimbold Visual Arts Center. Visual arts programs at Sarah Lawrence College had long outgrown their original home and spilled into additional makeshift spaces around campus.

The Savvy Gourmet

It's often said that in New Orleans, people live to eat rather than eat to live. Great food is central to the city's culture, and we're not just talking gumbo here. But when The Savvy Gourmet—a combination cooking school, kitchen supply store, and commercial catering operation—opened in 2005 in a formerly derelict auto garage, a new New Orleans food tradition was born.

Toronto Botanical Garden

The Toronto Botanical Garden includes 12 contemporary-themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. Designed to inspire visitors to engage with nature, then go home and plant their own gardens, it also includes the newly renovated George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, an award-winning, LEED Silver building with an impressive 5,000-sq.-ft. glass-topped pavilion.

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Van Nuys Flyaway

The Van Nuys Flyaway is part of the Los Angeles World Airports' system of regional satellite depots that service Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via a park-and-ride system from the San Fernando Valley. Newly renovated and expanded, it functions as a remote airport terminal with flight and baggage check-in services. It eliminates an estimated 2,000-plus cars from the Los Angeles County roads and freeways each day, helping to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

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