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DESIGN A W A R D S MASONRY AWARD – MERIT River Road House, stuart, florida Hughes umbanhowar architects, Scott Hughes, AIA, hobe sound, florida Located in a small residential community on a two-acre waterfront site, this house spans the width of its sloping lot to face southwest across the wide inland waterway. Built for a growing family, the house is organized to provide spaces for formal and informal gathering as well as quiet, individual pursuits. The house is a pair of carefully honed rectilinear volumes joined together with a transparent longitudinal axis that provides both covered and uncovered eastern and western courtyards. The insertion of a glass-skinned circulation bridge between the major programmatic elements both connects and distances the house’s inhabitants. Two isolated stairs at either end of the circulation spine provide access to the three levels built into the hillside. “This is an inspired use of the steel/concrete shell particularly as it was used to articulate volumes.” The Jury Photo of the east entry by Steven Brooke. DESIGN A W A R D S RESEARCH & THEORETICAL AWARD – MERIT Healthcare Clinic for the Homeless, orlando, florida Christian MacCarroll, Assoc. AIA, HKS Architects, orlando, florida As streets break free from the ground to form overpasses, the structures beneath them create spaces of monumental proportions that convey a sense of strength and security. The notions of overlap and undulation as a means for providing a sheltered environment are inherent traits of these in-between occurrences and form the basis for placemaking in this project. The rationale behind this project was the desire to combine and articulate memories of “street life” with the medicinal aspect of nature in both a technical and sculptural way. The entry to the site is created by extending one main street across another one. The 25,000-square-foot building covers about two-thirds of the site with the remaining portion used for parking. This intervention rehabilitates a swath of the natural Florida urban landscape and reclaims sun-baked asphalt for droughttolerant plants. On initial approach, the clinic is perceived as a grassy hillside. The unassuming form gently lifts from the ground providing a point of visual release for the community. In contrast to the unassuming street side character, the lake-facing façade consists primarily of glass that showcases views of the horizon to the lobby within. An oversized entrance canopy shades the glass florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | fall 2011 curtainwall while creating an adjacent outdoor waiting room, its scale faintly reminiscent of the overpass. “These are beautifully presented seductive drawings. The skylights are an expression of solitude from the exterior and they bring natural light into spaces that are not usually daylit. This should help in the healing process. The roof system helps to soften the entire design. The convincing 3D images show clear design thinking.” The Jury Graphic courtesy of the designer. 21 http://www.naylornetwork.com/fla-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Fall 2011

Editorial / Diane D. Greer
President’s Message / Michael Lingerfelt
Awards of Excellence in Architecture
Masonry Award and Theoretical and Research Design Award
Unbuilt Design Awards
Honor Awards
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