The American Institute of Architects has unveiled its 2009 Honor Awards, an annual event in which 25 projects in architecture, interiors, and urban planning are recognized as exemplary works. Two New York projects made the cut for architecture, and merit a celebratory glance.
The New York Times building by Renzo Piano
The jury described it as serene in contrast to its surroundings, which includes the chaotic Port Authority. Its transparent lobby is appropriately reminiscent of the lines of the New York Times print, as its skin is draped with a screen of horizontal ceramic rods that control sunlight entering the building.
The Salt Point House by Thomas Pfifer and Partners
This residential project is a 2,200-square-foot gem clad in stained cedar, punctuated with skylights, and lined in maple plywood with stainless-steel ends that reflect its wooded landscape.
After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.