Kia Motors America's (KMA) Corporate Headquarters and the state-of-the-art Kia Design Center America (KDCA), both located on KMA's 21.7 acre corporate campus in Irvine, Calif., have been named to the 2009 International Architecture Awards List, presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.
The International Architecture Awards highlight and recognize the world’s foremost architectural solutions for the designs of new skyscrapers, corporate buildings, institutions, arts facilities, airports, private homes, industrial structures and urban planning projects. The selected projects challenge new approaches to design and can be viewed here.
"Our custom-built headquarters and dedicated design center were conceived to serve as a distinctive architectural gateway to the City of Irvine and reaffirms our commitment to the U.S. market," said John Yoon, vice president of human resources/administration and general counsel, KMA. "Being named to this influential list of world-renowned projects furthers Kia Motors' emphasis on design in all areas – from award winning vehicle designs to the architecture surrounding the development of them."
The KMA campus – a $130-million investment – was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. The 239,000-square-foot modern glass and steel main structure features a 36,000-square-foot reflecting pool visible to drivers on Interstate 5. KMA was one of the first companies in Irvine to voluntarily install an eco-friendly bioswale system in its parking lot to remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff. The landscaping features drought-resistant plants, and reclaimed water is used for landscaping irrigation and toilets. Lighting design is by SOM – Architecture/Interiors, and Patrick B. Quigley & Associates (PBQA). The property is managed by RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc.