AIA Chicago Honors Three SOM Projects in 2017 Design Excellence Awards

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored three SOM projects with four awards in the 2017 Design Excellence Awards. The AIA announced this year's winners at the 2017 Designight awards ceremony on Friday, October 13th.

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project, or AMIE 1.0, won the Honor Award in the Divine Detail category. This award recognizes when the expression of architectural theory becomes an artistic medium and defines the relationship between architecture and craft. Constructed of C-shape forms, the AMIE 1.0 structure explores the potential to condense the many functions of a conventional wall system into an integrated shell—a potential that could lead to zero-waste construction, reduced material consumption, and buildings that can be recycled and reprinted for new forms and uses.

The Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library won a Citation of Merit in both the Distinguished Building and Interior Architecture categories. The library serves as a civic, educational, and social hub for Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, providing a much-needed public gathering place geared toward inclusive community activities and driven by technology-based learning.

The Dallas City Performance Hall won a Citation of Merit in the Interior Architecture category. The concrete and glass building sits in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, an ambitious cultural development. Its interior is both warm and modern with steel and wood railings and poured-in-place concrete walls. Inside the 750-seat auditorium, the walls are varied with a striated pattern that provides visual interest while enhancing acoustics.

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