On December 6, in New York City, six jurors convened to parse the merits of the more than 250 projects submitted to AN‘s first annual Best Of Design Awards. The jury included Kate Orff, principal of SCAPE; Thomas Hanrahan, dean of architecture at the Pratt Institute and principal of Hanrahan Meyers Architects; Wes Rozen, principal, Situ Studio; Mic Patterson, partner, Enclos; Dan Wood, principal, WorkAC; and AN‘s own William Menking. Over the next several days we will be posting their selections in six categories, starting with
Heavybit is a new, curated community for cloud developers. The design inserts a series of architectural interventions within an existing three-story warehouse. The interventions define space, accommodate the program, and work materially with the client’s concept of heavy physicality coupled with the ephemerality of the cloud.
“It makes a topography out of a flat space to create places for social interactions.”
“The materiality of the interventions sets up a good conversation with the existing building.”
Best Interior: Honorable Mention
Hyundai Capital Operations Center
The Goal of Hyundai Capital’s project was to increase staff productivity while also promoting employee well being. The concept of nature is brought indoors through vertical gardening and a fabric cloud garden that are used to create open spaces that feel connected to the environment.