Ground, Yale University New Haven, Connecticut The new Ground cafe, at Yale's Marcel Breuer-designed Becton School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), serves not only to create social cohesion among faculty and students of the engineering school, but also to encourage interaction between and among members of other departments in the university. In the design, Bentel and Bentel Architects engaged the unadorned poured-concrete volume of this former seminar room by layering a palette of walnut planks, perforated aluminum, and cleft bluestone over the walls, floor, and ceiling of the space. Photo by Eduard Hueber/Arch Photo.
Ground at Yale University by Bentel and Bentel Architects The original concrete surfaces are intentionally visible through, and are highlighted by, the veils of the material intervention out of respect for Breuer's unique exploration in his design of the textural possibilities of a single material. Photo by Eduard Hueber/Arch Photo.
Head in the Clouds Pavilion New York City StudioKCA's Head in the Clouds Pavilion on New York's Governors Island comes out of the desire to create a "place to dream in the city of dreams." Made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles (the amount, thrown away in New York City in 1 hour) it is a space where visitors can enter into and contemplate the light and color filtering through the 'cloud' from the inside, out. Photo by Chuck Choi.
Starlight New York City, New York Cooper Joseph Studio netted another AIA small spaces award for this site-specific light sculpture in the Museum of the City of New York, which ignites the majestic circular stair at the heart of the museum’s historic interior. Conceived as a perfect circle in elevation, the sculpture is in dialogue with stair so that old and new are joined in one experience. Photo by Ed Hueber.