A hotel, home and a “hut” are among seven buildings designed by central Ohio architectural firms recognized this week in the annual American Institute of Architects contest.
The buildings were chosen from 57 entries, and illustrate the breadth of work being done by Columbus-area architects and designers. This year’s winners, chosen by five members of the Philadelphia AIA chapter:
• The “hut,” a 600-square-foot cabin in Belmont County designed by the Midland architectural firm, which has offices in Pittsburgh and Columbus, received an honor award in the “small project” category.
The $125,000 cedar-clad box is fully off the grid, relying on solar power and collected rain water. The project, which was featured on the Discovery Network’s “Building Off the Grid” show, was praised by judges “for its simple elegance, intentional siting, and beautiful execution.”
• The 117,000-square-foot University of Cincinnati Health Science Building, designed by Moody Nolan in Columbus, received an honor award in the “large project” category.
The $39 million project, which received LEED Gold status for its low environmental impact, was called “superbly executed from concept to execution,” by the jury, which added that “the project team executed the interior and exterior detailing with the utmost craft.”
• The 53,000-square-foot Bath & Body Works Research and Development Center in New Albany, designed by the Columbus firm WSA, received an honor award for interior architecture.
Judges called the $7.1 million project “a compelling example of adaptive re-use and interior architecture” and particularly celebrated its effectiveness in connecting the building’s users.
• The 2,000-square-foot Mission Salon in Dublin, designed by Tim Lai AchitecT, received a merit award in the new category of “architectural detail.”
The design relied on natural materials, restrained colors and light to create gender-neutral space. “The shape of natural light through the skylight transforms the found ‘strip mall’ condition,” wrote the judges, who called the space “radiant.”
• The renovation of a 94,068-square-foot Short North building into the Graduate Columbus hotel, designed