Digital Fabrication

Digital Fabrication

Robin Hill

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories. 

Digital Fabrication Winner

Courtesy Local Office Landscape & Urban Design; Doner Studio

Architect: Local Office Landscape & Urban Design with artist Michele Oka Doner/Doner Studio
Location: Doral, Florida

“The project utilizes digital fabrication technology in an innovative way where natural forms are reproduced in an entirely different scale.”
—Ali Tayar, Parallel Design Partnership

Courtesy Local Office Landscape & Urban Design

In the town center of Doral, a Miami suburb, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design worked with the artist Michele Oka Doner to re-purpose driftwood for an urban-scale intervention. Rescaling a found object is as simple as it is impossible; the material and structural logics break down outside of their naturally occurring scale, requiring design problem solving to reinterpret the original effects and functions. The team worked in digital and analog processes of hand sculpture, 3-D scanning and printing, and software modeling, adapting scripts intended for engineering and sculpture. Formwork was cut in foam using five axis routers and concrete was cast on-site in a single pour.

Honorable Mention

Courtesy Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Collaborators: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Courtesy SOM

Honorable Mention

Courtesy NADAAA

Catenary Compression
Architect: NADAAA
Location: Boston