Temporary Installation

Temporary Installation

David Johnson, Nomad

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.

Temporary Installation Winner


Green Varnish
Architect & Designer: William Roberts and Laura Santín
Location: St. Louis


On view from spring to fall 2015 at the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, Green Varnish was a site-specific installation that explored the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with politically correct beauty: We live in denial within vanishing landscapes. A vibrant green “fabric,” composed of 16 varieties of nearly 6,000 individual specimens of sedum, elegantly floated over the floor of the museum’s court. The hovering botanical blanket lifted at two of its corners to reveal a fan of tawny poplar boards. The result was a dramatic living sculpture that was both monumental and weightless.

Honorable Mention

Courtesy goCstudio

Architect: goCstudio
Location: Seattle, WA