September 2, 2017

2017 CODAawards Winners Represent the Best Site-Specific Art

By making site-specific art happen, CODAworx is on a mission to transform every space in the world. The Wisconsin-based organization, its name standing for Collaboration of Design + Art, runs an online forum, which connects artists, designers, and fabricators with would-be clients, and holds an annual competition, the CODAawards. Its aim is to celebrate the best design projects integrating commissioned artwork.

Jury participants this year, the fifth, included Interior Design Hall of Fame members Carl D’AquinoGisue HaririKenneth WamplerVicente Wolf, and the partners George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, plus the magazine’s editor in chief, Cindy Allen. Together, they reviewed 465 projects from 21 countries—representing $144 million in commissions. Winners and honorees were named in 10 categories: commercial, educational, health care, hospitality, institutional, landscape, liturgical, public space, residential, and transportation. In addition, 50,000 online votes determined two People’s Choice prizes. View the winning entries below.

Healthcare winner: Linda Covit. Havre, a sculpture of interlocking painted aluminum tubes at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Photography by Marc Cramer.

Liturgical winner: Carole Benzaken and SCHEMAA. At a neo-Gothic church-turned-art-center in Montpelier, France, the painted plasterboard Yod houses multimedia artwork. Photography by David Bordes. 

Hospitality winner: Estudio Guto Requena. Rio de Janeiro’s Dancing Pavilion, where the facade’s mirrored and painted disks shimmy and shake in response to motion on the dance floor inside. Photography by Fernanda Ligabue + Rafael Frazão. 

Residential winner: II by IV Design. A faceted screen of plastic laminate and polycarbonate integrating a concierge desk and a banquette at a Toronto apartment building. Photography by Greg Pacek.

Landscape winner: Gill Gatfield. The Kiss, a pair of 2-ton slabs of granite polished to a sheen capable of reflecting visitors to “Sculpture by the Sea” in Aarhus, Denmark. Image courtesy of “Sculpture by the Sea,” Denmark.

People’s Choice winner: Re:Site Studio and Metalab. In the car-rental facility at El Paso International Airport, a mandala-inspired hanging sculpture, Radiance, in acrylic and dichroic film. Photography by Scott Weaver.

Transportation winner: Steven Waldeck. Flightpaths, a canopy of laser-cut painted aluminum leaves illuminated by LEDs at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Photography by Tamara Jaros. 

Photography by Albert Vecerka/ESTO.
Photography by Peter Molick/Magdalena Fernaández and Sicardi Gallery.

Public Space winner: Magdalena Fernández and Page Southerland PageBuffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a former Houston water reservoir where Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern approximated inclement weather.

Commercial winner: OUCHHH and Audiofil Sound Design Studio. Video projected on the translucent fabric covering the dome of AVA V2, which reinterpreted particle physics and channeled Buckminster Fuller. Photography courtesy of the artists and CODAworx.

Education winner: Spannungsfeld by Julian Voss-Andreae. Photography by Patrick Siegrist. Located at the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building at the University of Minnesota, Spannungsfeld examines the human body through the lens of quantum physics.

Institutional winner: Facade Festival by Go2 Productions. Photography by Dennis Ha. A dynamic projection transformed the Vancouver Art Gallery’s facade with the work of five local contemporary artists.

People’s Choice winner: Roots of Knowledge by Holdman Studios. Image courtesy of CODAworx. Located in the Bingham Gallery of the Fulton Library at Utah Valley University, Roots of Knowledge tells the story of humans gaining knowledge through recorded history with 43,000 pieces of cut, hand-painted, carved, fused, and blown glass. 

View the slideshow to see honorees in each category.

> See more from the August 2017 issue of Interior Design



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