Dwell Media Announces Winner of Dwell Vision Award: SLO Architecture
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(New York, NY) Nov 8, 2013 – Dwell Media is proud to announce the winners of this year’s inaugural Dwell Vision Award, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture. The award celebrates design innovation that is technically and artistically groundbreaking, and that shows a new method, material, or concept that is advancing modern design. The gigantic Harvest Dome structure, made from recycled materials, captured the imagination of the judges by emphasizing the human connection to nature and New York’s waterways, often overlooked by the urban population. Three finalists were selected from almost 300 entries by top architecture firms to young emerging designers. The jury comprised the Dwell editorial staff headed by Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron; Pedro Gadanho, the Curator for Contemporary Architecture at the MoMA; and Carey Smith, CEO of the Big Ass Fans company, this year’s corporate sponsor.

The inaugural Dwell Vision Award celebrates design innovation that is technically and artistically groundbreaking, and that shows a new method, material, or concept that is advancing modern design. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

The finalists and their work were showcased at the Dwell Vision Award ceremony on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013. The award setting was a vision in its own right; held at the historic Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO, the 200+ attendees were illuminated by 1,200 brilliant lights adorning the masterfully restored 1920s carousel. "The jury was so pleased to see the result of hundreds of innovative minds at work—the submissions poured in from all over, making our selection process extremely difficult!” said Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron. “The process of making the final selection for the first-ever Dwell Vision Award was daunting but extremely heartening—good design ideas educate us all, lead to action, and transform our modern world."

Attendees were ferried by private water taxi to the event at the historic Jane's Carousel in DUMBO. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Michela O’Connor Abrams, President of Dwell Media, also revealed that the Dwell Vision Award 2014 would be held at 82 Mercer Street during Dwell on Design, New York (DODNY), announcing the company’s intention to bring their west coast design fair to the east coast next year. Dwell on Design, Los Angeles, which drew a record crowd of 30,000 visitors this year, will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center again June 20-22, 2014.

A wonderful mix of designers, architects and press listened in as the Dwell Vision Award winner was announced. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Attendees including David and Jane Walentes (of Jane's Carousel, right) attended the award ceremony. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Amanda Schachter & Alexander Levi

The view from the water taxi as it approached the venue excited attendees. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

SLO Architecture

Young designers from Egg Collective listened in as Dwell President Michela O'Connor Abrams gave an inspiring speech to kick off the evening. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

New York, NY

Dwell President Michela O'Connor Abrams with Dwell Vision Award Finalist Paul Appleton of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects with Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron and Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans (corporate sponsor). Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Designed by SLO Architecture, Harvest Dome is a floating, diaphanous orb built for the New York City waterways. A 24-foot diameter cupola made from over 450 reclaimed umbrellas, and floating on 128 empty two-liter soda bottles. Harvest Dome reveals a circadian cycle of tides at the northern tip of Manhattan, home to one of the islands last remaining saltmarshes. The Harvest Dome was funded by a MCAF grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Dwell President Michela O'Connor Abrams with Dwell Vision Award Finalist Bundit Kanisthakhon of Tadpole Studio (who flew in from Hawaii to be honored) with Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron and Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans (corporate sponsor). Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

DVA winners Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture with Dwell President Michela O'Connor Abrams, Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron and Big Ass Fans CEO Carey Smith. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Bundit Kanisthakhon

Bulleit Bourbon, a DVA sponsor, sent a Master of Bourbon to help craft the evening's experience. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Tadpole Studio

Partygoers took in the festivities, riding the carousel, eating delicious truffled man n' cheese and pausing for an occasional photo op. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Honolulu, HI 

Friends of Dwell including architects, from Snohetta, Eva Franch from Storefront for Architecture and Melanie Courbet of Atelier Courbet joined in the fun. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

When the Honolulu Museum of Art approached Tadpole Studio to find a creative solution to replace their existing parking attendant booth, Tadpole Studio responded to the challenge with a design that utilizes discarded metal bed frames frequently found at Honolulu’s curbsides. In Honolulu, garbage collection includes large bulky items, and as a result, unwanted furniture and appliances can often be found on the street. The resulting structure is an excellent approach of using recycled materials to create smart designs solutions.

Dark Horse, the evening's wine sponsor, was a perfect fit for the venue. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Finalist 2: Orongo Station

The Carousel is home to four Big Ass Fans, which dazzled with their special aluminum coating against the lights of the city. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Kartell furnished a tented lounge that housed dozens of guests as they relaxed by the water. Photo by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com.

New York, NY

At Orongo Station, a 3,000-acre sheep farm and residence on the North Island of New Zealand, Nelson Byrd Woltz designed and implemented multiple productive farming operations alongside restoration regimes to repair ecological damage; design moves revealed and protected important cultural sites of the Maori people including a historic cemetery and fragile earthworks. Their efforts have contributed to the economy by providing opportunities for the locals to establish nurseries that supply trees and plants for ecological restoration. This design approach serves as a national model for sustainable land management.

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