SL Green Realty Corp. for 711 Third Avenue in New York. Nominated by TPG Architecture: "A renovation project, this office lobby by architect William Lescaze contains one of the few remaining Hans Hofmann mosaic murals. Although at first unaware of its significance, SL Green was entirely receptive to restoring and highlighting a piece of history to be enjoyed by the public." Photo by Alec Zaballero.
Henderson Land Development Company for Gloucester in Hong Kong. Nominated by AB Concept: "From the start of this residential tower project, Henderson Land was committed to creating a landmark in the heart of the city. One of the property’s most striking features is the 82-foot swimming pool at the top. Thanks to the window walls, residents will be able to enjoy Victoria Harbour from a whole new perspective." Photo by Chester Ong.
Cousins Properties for its headquarters in Atlanta. Nominated by Hendrik Inc.: "Building the Atlanta headquarters of Cousins, we were impressed by the company’s understanding of and belief in a design process that provides solutions." Photo by Brian Robbins.
Brookfield Office Properties for World Financial Center in New York. Nominated by Pelli Clark Pelli: "To oversee a comprehensive overhaul of office, retail, and public spaces, Brookfield has assembled a diverse team of talented architects and engineers—supported by a substantial financial commitment. The company seeks a new master plan that’s sympathetic to the original while revitalizing the complex and better connecting it to nearby neighborhoods." Photo by DBox.
Boston Properties for Atlantic Wharf in Boston. Nominated by CBT Architects: "This waterfront mixed-used project is the city’s first LEED Gold skyscraper, and that’s typical of Boston Properties, as the largest owner of LEED-certified and Energy Star–rated buildings in New England." Photo by Bruce Martin.
Macerich for Santa Monica Place in Los Angeles. Nomintaed by The Jerde Partnership: "Embracing the innovative design strategies we put forth, Macerich enabled us to transform Santa Monica Place in Los Angeles—a lifeless, suburban-style 1980’s mall—into a vibrant, open-air urban center." Photo by Mark Silverstein.
LaSalle Hotel Properties for Hotel Rouge in Washington. Nominated by Dawson Design Associates: "Recognizing the value of design-driven boutique hospitality, LaSalle owns several Kimpton Hotels properties. We renovated this one to make it more luxurious and current while maintaining its original popularity. LaSalle believes that each hotel should have a unique personality and pushes designers to deliver such." Photo by Squid.
Hersha Hospitality Trust for Capitol Hill Suites in Washington. Nominated by Dawson Design Associates: “At the Capitol Hill Suites in Washington, we’re observing how Hersha recognizes the potential in ‘branded design’ for assets that don’t fall within the standard brand guidelines of most management companies. This is a company to watch.” Image courtesy of Dawson Design Associates.
Jones Lang LaSalle for its headquarters in New York. Nominated by Interior Architects: "We were able to design this company’s New York office with the same forward-thinking approach to space allocation and the same commitment to quality that you’d find in their projects for clients." Photo courtesy of IA.
Ian Schrager Company for Modern Honolulu. Nominated by Yabu Pushelberg: "Ian embodies the zeitgeist and can translate it into hotels. Design is innate to his being, and he understands its value. He’s also a challenging client, which makes for the best finished product." Photo by Evan Dion.
Hines for 1 Jackson Square in New York. Nominated by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates: "Founder and chairman Gerald D. Hines consistently champions many prominent architects but also demands maximum sustainability, efficiency, and bang for the buck. For this residential building in historic Greenwich Village, he encouraged us to pursue a contemporary expression with a high regard for context. Our partnership resulted in a successful business venture and a new jewel-box landmark for the neighborhood." Photo by Michael Moran.
Unibail-Rodamco for Docks 7 in Rouen, France. Nominated by Saguez & Partners: "At the Docks 76 waterfront retail and leisure center in Rouen, France, we handled furniture and signage for the old warehouses and power plant renovated by Wilmotte & Associés. The project demonstrated to us how aware Unibail-Rodamco is that good design attracts tenants and creates multisensory experiences for shoppers." Photo by Lafontan Seignette.
CBRE Global Investors for 271 17th Street in Atlanta. Nominated by VeenendaalCave: "Buying a recently completed A+ office tower at Atlantic Station, a brownfield redevelopment, is significant on many levels for this company, which hired us for conference and management centers and corporate suites there. The purchase shows a commitment to the area and to local design firms, energizing them with numerous project opportunities. CBRE knows that exceptional design permits you to position your assets ahead of the competition in this challenging market and is willing to make the financial commitments to do so." Rendering courtesy of VeenendaalCave.
Equity Office for 1 Post Office Square in Boston. Nominated by CBT Architects: "In an economy where dramatic alterations have become a necessity, Equity is capitalizing on the opportunity to turn underperforming assets into prized properties. This office tower had a prime location but lacked presence and amenities. We helped alter tired perceptions, aiming to increase occupancy and market value. As a result of the physical upgrades, Equity retained Putnam Investments as the 230,000-square-foot flagship tenant." Photo by Chuck Choi.
Strategic Hotels & Restorts for Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Chicago. Nominated by Oomo Studio: "One difference in working with Strategic, as we did at Michael Jordan’s Steak House in Chicago, is the commitment to being a partner in every facet of the design process. The company is very hands-on, but there’s still a fair give-and-take." Photo courtesy of Oomo Studio.
Forest City Ratner Companies for themselves in New York. Nominated by Ted Moudis Associates: "The new headquarters had to continue to foster flexibility and progressive thinking, which have established this company as a premier developer, as well as staying true to a taste for simple construction elements, materials, and finishes. We responded with a ‘study in gray.’ When you walk into the space, the carefully selected textures and tones bring it to life." Photo by Adrian Wilson.
CBRE Group for 200 Park Avenue South in New York. Nominated by Gensler: "An effective and creative collaboration between us and CBRE demonstrated the client’s understanding that good design can improve an organization. Featuring glass walls and an increased ratio of open space to closed offices, the New York headquarters we designed was transformative." Photo by David Joseph.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and P.T. Tiara Inti Mulia for Sarasvati in Bali. Nominated by Space Matrix: "As we work on Starwood’s smallest property, a 60-room resort slated to open in 2014, we’ve been asked for only one thing, more. P.T. Tiara knows when we’ve presented a good design and isn’t shy to say when we haven’t gone far enough. This is revolution, not evolution—a freedom that isn’t granted to designers very often." Rendering courtesy of Space Matrix.
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