AIA Maine Announces 2017 Unbuilt Design Award Recipients
AIA Maine extends congratulations to Scott Simons Architects, Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Delano Architecture, and Eric Philbrook for their recognition at the 2017 AIA Maine Unbuilt Awards program.
Led by Nicole Rogers, Jessie Carroll, and Paul Lewandowski, AIA Maine launched its first Unbuilt Award program in September of 2017. Architect and associate members of AIA Maine as well as architectural educators and architecture students with a primary residence in Maine were invited to submit real or theoretical unbuilt projects.
With over 30 submissions, the jury, comprised of: Elizabeth Di Salvo, Trillium Architects; Chris Genter AIA LEED AP, Oudens Ello Architecture; Gabriel Hodge AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Yoko A. Yarita AIA LEED AP, Rokk Architecture, met on December 7th to review the work.
The jury awarded the following projects:
Jesup Memorial Library Addition and Renovation
Scott Simons Architects
Jury Comments: The proposed design solution is diagrammatically simple and legible, well worked out and elegant. The reserved material palette and proportions of the addition, along with the outdoor entrance court created between old and the new is a very sensitive and deferential approach to this challenge. The design solution is very clearly articulated and illustrated and stayed true to the stated intent.
House on a Peninsula
Elliott + Elliott Architecture with Richardson & Associates Landscape Design
Jury Comments: Elegantly sited in the woods, the site plan and building arrangement are nuanced and achieve a spatial composition that is well-balanced, nicely proportioned and that allows each pavilion to be surrounded by the forest with views through the trees and a great sense of privacy even when surrounded by glass walls. Successful articulation of outdoor rooms and spaces through varied treatments of sculptured and naturalized gardens in relation to the views and interior spaces.
Five Islands Retreat
Jury Comments: A fun, creative house with a level of inventiveness that deserves recognition. The design proposal proposes a clever solution to the problem of a tiny addition to a tiny footprint that resulted in a whimsical, playful and an asymmetrically elegant cottage. The design maximizes flexibility while expanding the experience of and interplay between the indoor and outside worlds. The romantic rendering style of the fairytale forest backdrop is captivating and definitely worth a mention.
Jury Comments: It was nice to see a project that brought together architecture and the landscape while expressing the 4th dimension of time with respect to one’s path through the building, resulting in a poetic design concept. How the building engages with the larger urban context is an integral part of the visitor’s experience of the proposed structure. The presentation illustrates a high level of thoughtfulness about how the visitor occupies and moves through the space. The use of the exploded axonometric and other diagrams was crucial for gaining an understanding of the spatial organization. A well-executed student project.
We asked our Annual Meeting attendees to vote on their favorite projects. We presented two People's Choice Awards.
- Professional: House on a Peninsula, Elliott + Elliott Architecture with Richardson & Associates Landscape Design
- Student: An Exploration of the Role of Architect and User, Lydia Mather