The Facade Tectonics Institute announces winners of the 2023 Vitruvian Awards at the Center for Architecture

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The Facade Tectonics Institute announces winners of the 2023 Vitruvian Awards at the Center for Architecture

Uber Headquarters by SHoP Architects and Heintges won in the Outstanding Facade Innovation category. (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

On September 19, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and, above all, facades geeks, gathered in the basement of the Center for Architecture to attend the awards ceremony for the 2023 Vitruvian Awards. Hosted annually by the Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI), the Vitruvian Awards “seeks to recognize unprecedented innovation and achievements in the field of facade design and delivery,” according to the FTI website.

The ceremony kicked off with a presentation by Rowan Georges, associate principal at SOM, covering advancements in specifications writing at the firm, specifically, more rigorous standards for environmental product declarations. The awardees are listed below:

Outstanding New Facade (Low Rise)

(Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

Google Bay View Campus

Designed as a collaborative effort between Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studios, Google’s Bay View Campus is composed of a series of large canopy structures which allow for open workspaces. The project aims to operate without the use of carbon-producing energy sources. Photovoltaic shingles were installed on the roof and natural light penetrates the office floor plates through clerestory windows.

Outstanding New Facade (Mid Rise)

Schüco One Headquarters by 3xn (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

Schüco One Headquarters

Schüco, the German window and facade manufacturer, commissioned Copenhagen-based architectural firm 3xn for the design of their new headquarters. Constructed from recyclable materials, the building has achieved a number of high-performance certifications including LEED, BREEAM, and DGNB— the first building in the world to receive all three.

Outstanding New Facade (High Rise)

Pendry Manhattan West by SOM (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

Pendry Hotel— Manhattan West

The Pendry Manhattan West is wrapped in a billowing glass curtain wall segmented by horizontal bands of granite at each floor. Convex curves in the glass function as a modern take on the bay window, enhancing views of the city. SOM collaborated with Fabbrica, who devised a modular curved-glass and granite panel for the project.

Outstanding Facade Renovation

Renovation of University of California San Diego’s Humanities & Social Sciences Building by Architectural Resources Group and Moore Ruble Yudell. (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

UC San Diego Humanities & Social Sciences
Architectural Resources Group

The University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) renovation of the brutalist Humanities & Social Sciences Building was carried out by Architectural Resources Group in collaboration with Moore Ruble Yudell. Damage to the precast concrete facade necessitated a full renovation of the facade from floors 3 through 8.

Outstanding Facade Innovation

Uber Headquarters

Designed by SHoP Architects, the Uber Headquarters in San Francisco features an innovative glass curtain wall with mechanically-controlled operable windows that take advantage of the city’s temperate climate. Heintges collaborated with the architects on the facade system.

Outstanding Facade Integration

Harvard Science & Engineering Complex by Behnisch Architekten (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

Harvard Science & Engineering Complex
Behnisch Architekten

Utilizing four distinct facade types, the Harvard Science and Engineering Complex features the first-ever use of a hydroformed stainless steel screen covering the central laboratory building. During the construction of the complex, materials were tested to remove toxic chemicals and the project achieved a number of high performance standards and certificates.

Unbuilt Facade

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Replacement by NBBJ (Courtesy Facade Tectonics Institute)

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Replacement

The design of the University of California Los Angeles’s (UCLA) new Neuropsychiatric Hospital will consolidate the University’s mental health services into a single building in Los Angeles’s Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. The new facility entails both the renovation of the existing structure as well as new construction.

Facade Research

Wind-borne Debris Resistance of Facades

Extreme winds are increasing worldwide due to climate change effects. Angela Mejorin, post-doctoral researcher at Western University, won the award for her Ph.D research results which proposed the implementation of alternate impact test requirements for façades, to mitigate the damaging effects of wind-borne debris.

FTI also presented two awards given to individuals—the Unsung Hero Award, which was presented to Michael Mulhern of TriPyramid Structures, and the Emerging Professional Award which was presented to Andrew Maier of Heintges.