The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of their annual Design Awards, which honour Bay Area-based architects and designers who made a significant achievement the previous year.
Winners were chosen in five categories: architecture, interior architecture, energy and sustainability, historic preservation, and unbuilt design. While most of the buildings are located in San Francisco, a few are imagined by architects based in the City by the Bay, but located elsewhere.
From a house floating on stilts to a new startup office space, there’s plenty of eye-popping design to be seen.
CITATION, ARCHITECTURE: This LEED-certified natatorium aims to be a force for positive social and environmental change in East Oakland.
CITATION, ARCHITECTURE: A renovated storefront on San Francisco's hip Valencia Street incorporates a perforated metal screen overhead.
MERIT, ARCHITECTURE: The stunning glass and stucco building at 300 Cornwall Street consists of six homes and corner retail space.
MERIT, ARCHITECTURE: This design is the first phase of what will eventually be two blocks of affordable housing in a historically crime-ridden part of San Francisco.
MERIT, ARCHITECTURE: The architects from San Francisco-based WRNS Studio designed this breathtaking building for Adobe's new campus in Lehi, Utah.
MERIT, ARCHITECTURE: Palo Alto's new Apple store has a stunning storefront made of 180 lineal feet of glass.
HONOUR, ARCHITECTURE: The Moose Road Residence sits on steel stilts overlooking a wooded valley in Hopland, Calif., about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
HONOUR, ARCHITECTURE: This home is an imposing addition to San Francisco's South of Market neighbourhood.
CITATION, INTERIORS: Wurster Hall is the home of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. The award-winning project includes updates to the reception desk and mailbox system, made up of two large aluminium sheets.
CITATION, INTERIORS: Square's new headquarters has a large cafe, glass-walled conference rooms, and a wide central walkway.
CITATION, INTERIORS: This building, which dates back to 1906, was recently renovated to include a large steel-framed bay window and an open roof deck.
MERIT, INTERIORS: Columns, beams, and ceilings made out of douglas fir make for a beautifully open interior in this loft.
MERIT, INTERIOR: The new design for this local coffee shop uses warm materials to accentuate the space's natural light.
CITATION, ENERGY + SUSTAINABILITY: Sweetwater Spectrum is an organisation that provides housing for adults with autism. Their new building in Sonoma includes a sustainable design in addition to its autism-specific features.
CITATION, ENERGY + SUSTAINABILITY: The 6,300-square-foot library at this K-8 school in Atherton, Calif. was designed to meet the Living Building challenge and has achieved net zero energy.
MERIT, ENERGY + SUSTAINABILITY: This research facility at the University of California, Davis has a set of experimental equipment designed to conserve energy and water during the winemaking process.
HONOUR, ENERGY + SUSTAINABILITY: Located on San Francisco's historic Embarcadero waterfront, this building is the country's largest net-zero energy museum.
CITATION, HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Originally constructed in 1928, this Sacramento courthouse recently underwent an extensive rehabilitation.
MERIT, HISTORIC PRESERVATION: The Hallidie Building dates back to 1918 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
HONOUR, HISTORIC PRESERVATION: This WWII-era building now serves as a community center for Richmond, Calif. residents. It was updated to achieve LEED Gold certification.
HONOUR, HISTORIC PRESERVATION: This award-winning project took a previously run-down building in Oakland and turned it into an attractive affordable housing complex.
CITATION, UNBUILT: The Ambient House is an imagined multilayer structure that could be transformed to the inhabitants' liking.
CITATION, UNBUILT: The concept for this unbuilt Chinese hospital includes a curving structure meant to reflect the energy of Chi.
CITATION, UNBUILT: Once completed, this building in Novato, Calif. will house a permanent collection of Native American artifacts.
MERIT, UNBUILT: The Oakland Food Hub would be a modern take on the traditional market, with stalls for local farmers, educational facilities, and a business incubator.
HONOUR, UNBUILT: This future building would help support local communities in South Africa. The roof could capture rainwater for drinking and provide radiant thermal conditioning of the interior spaces.
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