Seven awards were presented to Fort Worth Architects to recognize Excellence in Design.
Fort Worth, Texas – The American Institute of Architects Fort Worth held their annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards jury on Tuesday October 14 at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Of the 28 projects submitted by local architects, jurors James Cutler FAIA from Cutler Anderson Architects in Seattle Washington, Dick Clark FAIA from Dick Clark Architects in Austin Texas and Gus Hinojosa from HKS Dallas, singled out 7 projects to receive awards. Among projects of varied size, function, and budget, 2 Merit Awards, 3 Citations and 2 Studio Awards were presented.
● Erma Lowe Hall – TCU, School of Classic & Contemporary Dance – Bennett Benner Partners
● Silo – Ibañez Architecture
● G Model -Bart Shaw Architect
● Overton Ridge – Norman Ward Architect
● Paintball – Bart Shaw Architect
● Fairmount Park – Bart Shaw, AIA
● Sewn – Bart Shaw, AIA
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Erma Lowe Hall – Texas Christian University, School of Classic & Contemporary Dance
Bennett Benner Partners Architects + Planners
Fort Worth, Texas
The 1921 original University Gym had undergone partial renovations to accommodate TCU’s flourishing dance programs in 1973. In 2009 the building deserved a complete renovation respectful of the building itself and its context, to meet today’s codes and support the program and continue its advancement & further its place in the greater arts community.vConstrained by major utility lines which couldn’t be relocated, an addition creates a new main entrance that addresses TCU’s main pedestrian spine. The historic façade was preserved – delicately incorporating original brickwork and decorative cast stone into the new lobby. The building is now an accurate reflection of the program’s quality.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Germantown, Silo adheres to farm-to-fork, slow food principles, serving only regional meats, seasonal produce, and craft beers and whiskies. The client requested that the design reflect their commitment to locally-sourced artisanal producers. The interior utilizes simple materials discovered in the area. The walls are clad in reclaimed red cedar planks found in a warehouse. The bar top is made from wood salvaged from an old tobacco barn. The pendant lights were fabricated by a metal smith using steel sheet perforated by buckshot. The simple oak furniture was handmade by a rural Amish carpenter.
Bart Shaw Architect
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are over 8,100 farmers markets nationwide, a jump of almost 5,000 from the previous decade. Most vendors still use generic, light-weight white canopies that have to be creatively secured to the ground without the use of stakes. G:Model has a table integrated to its aluminum frame that allows the weight of the venders wares to anchor the tent. The structure provides a platform for custom printed fabric to be wrapped. When transported it serves as a hand truck, so goods and the canopy structure can be moved simultaneously. The prototype’s first installation was at the Cleveland Museum of Arts Summer Concert Series in 2014.
Overton Ridge Interior Improvements
Norman Ward Architect
The interior renovations retain the original envelope that has been a part of the neighborhood for the past 35 years. A North Texas architect designed the Overton Ridge House in the late 1970’s. In the summer of 2010, the house was purchased from the original owners. Interior walls and ceilings were removed for new spatial considerations. The new owners are avid readers. Their collection of books became a focal point. The overall energy load was reduced through the incorporation of geo-thermal wells, radiant flooring heating, insulation of the exterior envelope, lighting control /dimming system, and high performance windows.
Bart Shaw Architect
The unadorned concrete is discontinuous only at entry . A simple box plan. The lower retaining wall pulls away from the box to carve a small plaza out of the hill. Materials are limited to: exposed concrete, glass set to stops cast in panels, and painted steel.
Memory: Fairmount Park
Bart Shaw, AIA
“Memory: Fairmount Park” is a visual reference to the historic neighborhood fabric. Along Henderson, stepped tables are located were the steps and porches of the three houses once stood. These elements reestablish a gathering place for neighbors and visitors that was lost to demolition. Basalt gravel fills the absence of walks that once approached the houses. Tree canopies provide shade, where once broad porches protected residents and guests. The three trees provide different color throughout the seasons an homage to the individual character of these homes that for over 70 years were a part of the National Historic District of Fairmount.
SEWN: Triangle Fire Memorial Design
Bart Shaw, AIA
Fifty strands are stitched to the eighth through tenth floors, left loose to sway with the wind . These strands are raw at their terminus revealing 146 points of light that illuminate pins forming the words “Women’s Rights”, “Labor Rights”, and “Human Rights”. 146 names of victims are portrayed below arranged in rough geographic order, depicting there connection to the city. The names are formed by weaving fiber optic through holes in metal plate. These fibers are continuous connecting the names throughout the memorial. These strands are connected off the metal plate to form a stitch pattern that continues beyond the central piece. This depicts the continuity of the struggle, that the struggle to achieve and maintain these rights is a continuous struggle, a larger struggle, one that is forever connected to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.