The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has recognized the world’s best designed and developed shopping centers and retail stores with a series of awards since 1977. ICSC recently announced the 2011 U.S. Design and Development Awards, which determined what residents in Culver City, California, Las Vegas, New York and Washington, D.C. already knew: their cities have some amazing places to shop. See below for the 2011 Gold Award Winners:
Led by Torti Gallas and Partners and Rounds Van Duzer Architects , The Georgetown “Social” Safeway in Washington, D.C. was honored with the Gold Sustainable Design Award for Most Innovative Design and Development of a New Retail Project under 150,000 square feet. Freeland and Kaufman planned the landscape, while MCLA designed the lighting for the four stores within 77,813 square feet of retail space.
The Gold Sustainable Design Award for Most Innovative Design and Development of a New Retail Project between 150,0001 and 500,000 square feet went to Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas, which has 48 stores within 275,000 square feet of retail space. Studio Daniel Libeskind led the process, with Rockwell Group as interior architect.
The Gold Award for Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Retail Project over 500,001 Square Feet went to Westfield Culver City , in Culver City, California. Westfield Design and Omniplan acted as design architects and graphic designers. LRM, Ltd. planned the landscape, and Candela designed the lighting for the 147 stores within 1,056,000 square feet of retail space.
Sargenti Architects and GHA Design Studios deserve the credit for the Aéropostale store in New York’s Times Square, which was given the Gold Award for Design for a Retail Store in excess of 10,001 square feet. “We gave some possible store space as a gift to New York City and visitors,” says Tim Anderson, Aéropostale’s vice president of construction, referring to the balcony overlooking Times Square. “We wanted all our passion for the city in our store.”