Chicago Athenaeum Museum to release this year’s award winners in design and architecture

Clark Nexen

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd., will publish all of the winners of this year’s International Architecture Awards in October, and has scheduled a special exhibition of all awarded buildings during the Second Istanbul Design Biennial in Istanbul, Turkey in November, travelling through Europe and the U.S. to Contemporary Space Athens in Spring 2015 and The Chicago Architecture Biennial in September 2015.

The annual award recognizes excellence in design, construction and planning of new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences and real estate projects achieved by international architects, architectural firms and urban planners globally.

The 2014 award program honors new (2011-2015) corporate, institutional, commercial, residential architecture, interiors, and urban planning, designed for both built and unbuilt projects across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas.

The juries have selected more than 110 projects from at least 28 countries for the award “that reflect the changing state of global architecture and reveal emerging new design directions by today’s most visionary practitioners,” but only 18 projects from U.S. were included in the list.

This year’s award for best new global design has been presented to architects Clark Nexsen and its associate architects Cahoon & Kasten for the design of the UNC Coastal Studies Institutes new research and education facility on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.

The elevated 50,000-sq. ft. facility, built next to a marsh overlooking the Croatan Sound near Wanchese, features lab spaces, classrooms, and offices in upper floors and outdoor covered educational space in the ground floor with a geothermal HVAC system to use untreated Dare County well water as the geothermal energy source. The facility will serve as a research lab for five state universities studying estuarine ecology, coastal processes, coast engineering, ocean energy and other marine subjects.

Other award-winning projects include:

  • Mike And Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, designed by KPMB Architect;
  • Mellat Bank façade in Tehran, Iran, designed by KHA – Kenneth Hahn Architects;
  • The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana, designed by Trahan Architects;
  • Pure tension car-charging pavilion in Milan, Italy, created by Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), that uses 252 flexible photovoltaic vinyl tiles for optimum solar energy capture;
  • Allianz Riviera Stadium in Route de Nice, Aspremont, France, built by Wilmotte & Associés Sa;
  • El Valle Trenzado Fly-over in Elche, Alicante, Spain, by architect Grupo Aranea;
  • Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion in StadtBrücke, Wolfsburg, Germany, designed by GRAFT Architects;
  • Itoman Gyomin Shokudo, located in Itoman, Okinawa, Japan designed by Yamakazi Kentaro Design Workshop;
  • Guangzhou Commercial Showcase Complex in Guangzhou, China built by Aedas Ltd.; and
  • Healthcare center in Dharmapuri, India designed by Flying Elephant Studio.

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