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    We Go Together: CoD+A Awards Collaboration

    Celebrating global projects that integrate commissioned art with architecture, interiors, and landscapes, the Collaboration of Design + Art Awards were launched this year by The Art Commission of Madison, Wisconsin, and spearheaded by co-CEOs Toni Sikes and Terry Maxwell and senior advisor Ilene Shaw. 

    The debut edition attracted 433 entries from 29 countries—proving that already, as Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen says, “CoD+A is a keeper.” Hall of Fame members George Beylerian, Clodagh, and Kevin Walz served on the 17-person jury, which considered projects completed since 2010 in eight categories: commercial, health care, hospitality, institutional, landscape, liturgical, public space, and residential.

    Below are the winners and merit-award recipients.


    Commercial Winner Danielle Roney
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Algorithmic flock patterns take the form of 9,000 stainless-steel beads strung on wire in the lobby at the law firm Morris, Manning & Martin.
    Commercial Merit  Assagai
    Minotti Los Angeles
    Louvre International Furniture Exhibition Center Co.,
    Foshan, China
     The 77-foot height of the entrance to this design center allows for a cascade of polyurethane-resin chairs dipped in chrome.
     Commercial  Merit  Rottet Studio United Talent Agency,
    Beverly Hills, California
    The client’s extensive art collection, including a specially commissioned tapestry by Pae White and a light sculpture by John Wigmore, take center stage in gallery-like offices.
    Commercial Merit Studio Winterich

    Pacific Water Art

    Reed Associates

    Lenehan Architectural Glass
    Maxim Integrated,
    San José, California
     Maxim Integrated’s silicon chips, used in iPhones, inspired the patterns hand-painted on the stainless steel and glass of a water wall at the company’s headquarters.
    Health Care Winner  Los Angeles County Arts Commission
    Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Mental Health Center,
    Los Angeles, California
     When artist Louise Griffin was commissioned to create murals for two courtyards at a LA mental-health center, she turned birds into origami cranes and made the mountains simple triangular peaks.
    Health Care Merit Rosalyn Cama
    RMJM Hillier
    New Jersey
    A collection of more than 100 artworks intended to enhance wellbeing, such as James Perry’s mahogany spiral sculpture, positions this hospital at the cutting-edge of arts in healthcare.
     Health Care  Merit Mary Carothers
    Distinctive Art Source

    Floating Seeds, Owensboro Health, Owensboro, Kentucky  Carothers worked with over 600 community members to cast seeds in resin pods that were then attached to fiber-optic lengths suspended from the ceiling. From the second floor, the seeds optically unify in the shape of the Ohio River.
     Health Care  Merit  Paul Housberg Perkins+Will  Water Walk, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital The winner of the CoDA People’s Choice award turned what was an imposing elevator core into a sculptural element of mouth-blown sheet glass. Vitreous paint glows with the ambient light in the space, and the abstract patterns and colors mirror the water of the harbor outside.
    Hospitality Winner  Moran/Brown
    DAS Concepts
    Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
    The Setai Fifth Avenue
    New York, New York
     A blowtorch oxidized the copper tiles composing a mural behind the reception desk at the Setai Fifth Avenue hotel.
     Hospitality  Merit  Rottet Studio  The James Royal Palm, Miami, Florida  An eclectic array of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures were selected by Interior Design Hall of Famer Lauren Rottet for the reinvention of this art deco hotel. Locals share billing with big names, the latter not necessarily front and center.
    Hospitality  Merit Rob Fisher Sculpture
    Marcel Bequillard Interior Design
    Rhythm of the Rails,
    Arlington, Virginia
    Pieces of perforated aluminum recall puffs from a steam engine, paying homage to the industrial past of the Renaissance and Residence Inn Crystal City Potomac Yard’s site.
    Hospitality   Merit Javier Studio
    Bacsa Architects
    FODA Design
     The Spa at Playacar Palace, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico  Large-scale blown-glass elements based on the Banyan tree that grows out the roof of the hotel lobby descend from the roof of the hotel’s new spa.
    Institutional Winner Christian Moeller
    Group 4 Architecture
    Research + Planning
    Shhh. . .Portrait in 12 Volumes of Gray,
    Walnut Creek, California
     More than 4,000 books bound in different hues of gray fill a 26-foot-high by 8-foot-wide bookshelf, creating a “pixelated” image that reveals itself most clearly when viewed through a smartphone. New images can be made by rearranging books according to a coded matrix.
    Institutional Merit Housberg 
Glass Project
Hopkins Architects 

    Frick Chemistry Lab
    New Jersey
    Walls of kiln-formed glass, patterned to suggest DNA mapping, function as way-finding devices at a Princeton University chemistry building.
     Institutional Merit Federico Muelas Antoine Predock Blue Flower/Flor Azul, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque On the western façade George Pearl Hall, drops of blue ink slowly expand in water on a 900 square-foot custom LCD screen. During the day the circular screen renders a low-resolution image of the ink, while at dusk the screen turns off, becoming a blank surface on which two Sanyo projectors broadcast the same image in high definition.
     Institutional  Merit  Tony Milici
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Reflections of Energy, City Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada  During an 18 month span, over 4,000 pieces of glass weighing 40,000 pounds were used to complete a monumental sculpture referencing the foundation of the nearby Hoover Dam.
    Lanscape Winner  Titia Ex The Waiting,
    Vlieland, Netherlands
     At the music and arts festival Into the Great Wide Open, LEDs floated just below the surface of a pond, blinking in a computer-controlled sequence.
    Lanscape Merit  Harries/Héder Collaborative Xixi Umbrellas,
    Hangzhou, China
    In the city reputed as the birthplace of the umbrella, groups of them—with canopies in prismatic film—populated lakes in Xixi Wetland Park. 
     Landscape  Merit  Jing Zheng  Transmigration, Wuhu Shenshan Central Park
    Wuhu, China
     Four stained-glass containers, featuring phrases taken from the oldest extant collection of Chinese poetry, fill with water from hidden pipes, then splash into the pond below.
     Lanscape  Merit  Koryn Rolstad Studios Sheltering Aspen, Park City Plaza, Park City, Utah  Aluminum structural posts designed to withstand inclement weather hold laser-cut PETG eco resin "leaves" that recall the Aspen trees in the area.
    Liturgical Winner Guy Kemper
    Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values,
    Tampa, Florida
    Soaring curvilinear windows of translucent and prismatic glass mimic a plant reaching for the sun. 
    Liturgical Merit Studio Nick Ervinck
    Group 3
    In a modern riff on Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, Ervincks polyurethane structure stands sentry at the front of a historic chapel turned arts space, protecting the original 1908 doors.
     Liturgical  Merit Harding Design Studio
    Radiance, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota Tim Harding’s set of textured-silk altar banners created for the Easter season of the liturgical calendar give the illusion of a source of light emanating from the crucifix above, neatly encompassing the Easter theme of resurrection, and renewal.
    Public Space Winner Ear Studio
    University of Texas
    And That’s The Way It Is,
    Artist Ben Rubin mined phrases from current television news items and historical CBS broadcasts—which flicker up, down, and across the façade of a campus building designed by O’Neil Ford.
    Public Space Merit Cooper Joseph Studio
    Rush Design
    Studio 1Thousand
    New York, New York
    Encouraging visitors to take the stairs at the Museum of the City of New York, 11,000 LEDs mounted on double-sided circuit boards glitter above. 
    Public Space Merit Carlos Cruz-Diez Carlos
    Brillembourg Architects
    New York, New York
    Illuminated by red, green, or blue lights, three rooms at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas re­­invented a 1967 installation in Paris.
    Residential Winner Margo Sawyer
    Dunnam Tita Architecture + Interiors
    Torcasso Residence,
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
     A fireplace is tucked into a grid of colors referencing the Southwest’s landscape—produced by painting aluminum or anodizing it before adding dichroic film.
    Residential  Merit Adrián Guerrero
    Agraz Arquitectos
    Eriso house,
    Guadalajara, Mexico
    The private environments of the children’s bedrooms are emphasized by aluminum shutters designed by Guerrero.
     Residential Merit  Ken Gangbar
     88 Scott Condominiums, Toronto, Canada Echoing the natural materials of the building, Gangbar created City Freeze, an installation for the main lobby consisting of textured porcelain elements suspended by bronze cabling.
    Residential Merit  Adrian Guerrero
    Agraz Arquitectos
    Natalia house, Guadalajara, Mexico Screens of laser-cut aluminum and maple control light and privacy, creating a poetic dialogue between inside and out.

    To see the Top 100 ranking entries, go here; to see all entries, go here.