Public Spaces: Outdoor
Best of Year 2009 Winner: Elliott + Associates Architects
Best of Year -- Interior Design, 12/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Best of Year Winner, Public Spaces: Outdoor: Elliott + Associates Architects: Car Park One at Chesapeake, Oklahoma City, OK
It happens to the best of us: Panic sets in when you can't remember where your car is parked. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Rand Elliott addressed precisely this issue at a 300,000-square-foot parking garage for Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Working with light, as he often does, Elliott assigned each of four levels its own fluorescent color. Blue, red, yellow, and green linear fixtures, installed horizontally inside the garage as both lighting and way-finding, also appear vertically on the columns of a central courtyard. (A computer-controlled system turns on all the fixtures during peak hours and turns off every fourth row off-peak.) Although the structure's foremost function is to store cars, 791 of them, Elliott clearly fulfilled the client directive to add architectural value to the corporate campus, also home to his award-winning fitness center.
BILL YEN; MIHO KOLLIOPOULOS; JOHN CREACH: PROJECT TEAM.
Best of Year Merit Awards, Public Spaces: Outdoor
Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects: 666 5th Ave, New York, NY
The lobby's restored stainless-steel water wall and aluminum ceiling by Isamu Noguchi are complemented by new paneling in stained oak and honed granite.
Perkins Eastman; Choi Ropiha; William Fellows Architects (PKSB Architects): TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, Times Square, New York, NY
A discount-tickets booth for Broadway shows transforms Father Duffy Square as crowds lounge on the roof's stepped seating, lit by LEDs and warmed from beneath.
PKSB Architects: Triple Bridge Gateway, 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Stainless-steel mesh and a computer-sequenced lighting scheme have transformed existing vehicular ramps into the centerpiece of the Triple Bridge Gateway project, which also includes titanium cladding for the terminal.