Architects Honored for Chicago Real Estate

January 17, 2012

The architectural world’s highest award has been bestowed upon some of the industry’s finest professionals, including two local groups that were recognized for their Chicago real estate designs.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have chosen the 2012 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, which recognize excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

Out of more than 700 submissions, 27 projects earned the coveted award, including Chicago’s new Poetry Foundation headquarters and the interior of an office building in Northbrook.

The picture that accompanies this story on the front page of our website is also the Poetry Foundation.

The AIA presented Chicago-based John Ronan Architects with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture for designing Chicago’s first space dedicated to the art of the poetic word, the newly built Poetry Foundation at 61 W. Superior Street.

The environmentally sustainable site includes 22,000 square feet of interior space, a public garden described as an “urban sanctuary,” a library, an exhibition gallery and a performance space.

“The Poetry Foundation is comprised of a building in dialogue with a garden created through erosion of an implied volume as described by the L-shaped property boundary. The garden interlocks with the building and is conceived as another “room,” part of the building’s slowly-unfolding spatial sequence revealed space by space, not unlike a poem is revealed line by line.” Click here to read more AIA comments about this award winner.

The other Chicago project to capture an AIA award is a 7,500-square-foot office suite on Techny Road in north suburban Northbrook.

Chicago-based Goettsch Partners received an Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture for Prairie Management Group, a single-story facility designed around three elements; a colonnade, a pavilion and full-length glass screen walls.

“The simple, classic interior composition of thin glass frames and bold, clear millwork forms rendered in a timeless color palette—all awash in natural light—creates a platform in which the appreciation of fine art, design, and nature enables a pioneering entrepreneur to continue his lifelong passion for creating business value through design.” Click here to read more AIA comments about this facility.

Congratulations to our Chicago-based designers! To see all the 2012 AIA Awards recipients, visit aia.org.

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