Pennsylvania

Murals at 22nd & Walnut Streets

Honor Award
Murals at 22nd & Walnut Streets, The Sun Oil Company, Susan Maxman & Partners, Michael Webb (artist)

As part of the renovations to an existing service station, Sunoco commissioned Susan Maxman & Partners and artist Michael Webb to design murals for the end walls of two rowhouses adjoining the property. The problem was to transform the graffiti-covered walls into a visually exciting but subtle depiction of the historic neighborhood. Research revealed that St. James Episcopal Church, designed by Fraser, Furness and Hewitt, occupied the site in 1870 and stimulated construction of the elaborate townhouses nearby.

Susan Maxman & Partners, Michael Webb (artist)

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

Tyler Arboretum Signage

Merit Award
Tyler Arboretum Signage, Cloud Gehshan Associates

The client was interested in creating a unified visitor experience that included a comprehensive signage and interpretive system for the Tyler Arboretum, a 700-acre outdoor living museum located just west of Philadelphia. The design team conducted planning workshops from which several major themes emerged, including botany, history, and conservation. The resulting comprehensive signage and interpretive system includes 40 interpretive panels of different sizes. The panels are layered with headlines, messages, photos, and playful illustrations.

Cloud Gehshan Associates

Fairmount Park Master Signage

Merit Award
Fairmount Park Master Signage, Fairmount Park Commission, Center City District, Cloud Gehshan Associates

With an astonishing 9,200 acres, 63 neighborhood parks, and a crowded events calendar, the Fairmount Park system is a wonderful resource for Philadelphians and visitors. Cloud Gehshan Associates developed a wayfinding and sign system that extends throughout the park, from the quietest trails through the heart of the city and on to the Delaware waterfront.

Cloud Gehshan Associates

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

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Honor Award
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pentagram

Since 1991, the museum has been housed in the landmark Old Post Office building in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Square section. In 2000, the museum commissioned an expansion that would link the Post Office with the neighboring, vacant Buhl Planetarium. The new expansion has bridged the two buildings with a three-story structure that provides a new entrance and additional exhibit space.

Pentagram

Schuylkill River

Merit Award
Schuylkill River, Schuylkill River Greenway Association, Cloud Gehshan Associates

Schuylkill River Land and Water Emergency Response Location System. The goal was to establish an emergency management information system that would allow land and water-based travelers to accurately communicate their location to emergency service personnel in the five-county Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area.

Cloud Gehshan Associates

Vespa Exhibit

Merit Award
Vespa Exhibit, Drexel University, Laurie Tappen, Stephanie Salerno, Sara Leventhal, Drexel University

The assignment was to plan an exhibit environment and to develop a section for that environment. The chosen theme was Vespa, an icon of modern freedom, celebrating its 60th anniversary. The shaping of the space was designed to reflect the signature contours of a Vespa. The story is told around the perimeter, incorporating some interactive elements, and uses the center area as a gallery featuring Vespas on pedestals of varying heights.

Laurie Tappen, Stephanie Salerno, Sara Leventhal, Drexel University

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