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Inside An Award-Winning, Minimalist Soho Loft And Terrace

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The American Institute of Architects hands out a bevy of awards each year to the finest designs in the country, from exteriors to interiors to urban & transportation design. Among the winners announced yesterday was this 8,300-square-foot Soho loft designed by architects Gabellini Shepard Associates for an American-Danish couple and their three young children, which was lauded for its marriage of "Scandinavian and American character." The airy vibe is a product of several circumstances: "vertical light walls," the open staircases, three exposures, skylights and clerestory (above eye-level) windows, and ample use of translucent glass, including for sliding doors. Plus, there's a generously sized roof garden that's visible from other parts of the apartment, and, yes, there will be an "organic vegetable garden in planters, including composting bins and rainwater collection" up there. Such is the age in which we live.

The AIA's panel of jurors said:

It is a great frame for the client's outstanding art collection. Much of the project feels handmade, which is refreshing. The detailing—down to the towel rail in the bathroom—is thoughtful and really pushes this project ahead. Check out the other New York winners, including Weiss/Manfredi's visitor center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Knoll Flagship offices and shop by Architecture Research Office, Marc by Marc Jacobs showroom by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects PC and HLW International, and WXY Architecture + Urban Design's plans for the East River Blueway.
· 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards Recognize Excellence in Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design [AIA]
· 2014 Recipient | Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture: Soho Loft [AIA]
· Adventures in Interior Design archive [Curbed]