At the start of every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) dishes out its Institute Honor Awards, and among this year’s winners are four projects from New York City. For the 2017 awards, the AIA considered 700 submissions from across the world and picked 23 winners in the fields of architecture, urban design, and interior architecture. Much like last year, most of the projects are in the United States, but there are some outliers like a new tech university campus in Mexico and a Toshiko Mori Architect-designed cultural center in Senegal. Now back to New York though. Below is a list of the city’s winners and some details on the projects.
↑ It’s no surprise that NYC’s first micro-unit building made it to this list. One of the winners of AIA’s 2017 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, the nARCHITECTS-designed project has been celebrated for creating, “a new housing paradigm for the city's growing small household population.” The nine-story building contains a total of 55 studios and building’s exterior—four slender towers placed next to each other—are supposed to be a nod to the city’s skyline, according to the AIA.
Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project
↑ Also a winner of the architecture honor, the nod to Carnegie Hall marks the end of a seven-year renovation on the non-performing spaces of this landmarked building. The $230 million project was carried out by Iu + Bibliowicz Architects LLP and saw the creation of a larger backstage area, a new roof terrace, consolidated administrative offices, new facade lighting, and a new music education space.
St. Ann’s Warehouse
↑ Marvel Architects transformed this 19th century tobacco warehouse into a 700-seat theater, which opened its doors at the end of 2015. In their renovation, Marvel paid tribute both to the old industrial building as well as to the church that first housed the arts organization now based out of St. Ann’s Warehouse. A triangular garden outside the building was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh.
30 Rockefeller Plaza: 65th Floor, Rainbow Room, SixtyFive
↑ Gabellini Sheppard Associates and Montroy Andersen DeMarco worked extensively with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on the renovation of the Rainbow Room and the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In the Rainbow Room, the architects re-created many of the original details including the dance floor, the white gold leaf finish on the domed ceiling, and the chandelier.