August 28, 2014

Building a Partnership: 2014 CODAawards Celebrate Multidisciplinary Design


Seamlessly integrating commissioned art with design, whether it be architecture, interiors, or landscapes, is the goal promoted and celebrated by the CODAawards. Interior Design covered their debut in 2013, when editor in chief Cindy Allen served on the jury. She did so again this year, joining 15 other experts including Hall of Fame member Deborah Berke, Parallel Design principal Ali Tayar, and Ilene Shaw, senior adviser to CODAworx, a Wisconsin organization that originated as the Collaboration of Design + Art. The jurors considered 366 projects from 32 countries, across 10 categories—that’s two more than last year: commercial, education, health care, hospitality, institutional, landscape, liturgical, public space, residential, and transportation. Following are the winners and merit-award recipients.

Commercial Winner Gensler Mapleton Investments,
Los Angeles.
Street artist Vhils, aka Alexandre Farto, created a mural for the courtyard by chipping, sawing, and jackhammering the plaster over the brick.
Commercial Merit Design Fugitives Light Mobile,
Glendale, Wisconsin.
The light mobile is a 1500 piece light-sculpting art piece that hangs in the atrium of the new power solutions division at Johnson Controls’ Glendale headquarters.
Commercial Merit Susan Wides

JHB Galleries Inc.

Duggal Visual Solutions

I, Mannahatta, Banana Republic, New York. The permanent installation, titled “I, Mannahatta (From Rock)’, July 2013, taken by artist, Susan Wides, at the Top of the Rock, capturing the city from an iconic 360-degree vista at twilight.
Commercial Merit


Engage, Transcend and Flutter, Salt Lake City. With water a distinct and unifying theme throughout the property, WET has designed three magical features varying in scale and style throughout the 20-acre City Creek Center.
Educational Winner Alexander Beleschenko

Derix Glasstudios

Wilkinson Eyre

Exeter, U.K.
At the University of Exeter, what appears to be a 3-D sculpture is actually printed on a curtain wall with ink of varying opacity in
26 colors.
Educational Merit Architecture Is Fun

Fun Finders

Tracey Dear Productions

Young at Art Museum,
Davie, Florida.
The history of art unfolds like a music video, with a soundtrack and light show accompanying the images that flash on a gallery’s walls in solid-surfacing.
Educational Merit

Perkins + Will


Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

Gilbane Construction Company

Shelly Einbinder

“College Faces,” Gateway Community College, New Haven, Connecticut. The faces of 350 students, teachers and administrators at Gateway Community College appear every 30 seconds as a slow-motion video sequence on a large 11 x 11 meter low-resolution LED video screen, viewable both inside the lobby and to the street.
Educational Merit Lee Ming Wei

Desai Chia Architecture

Luminous Depths,  Peranakan Museum, Singapore. The architects collaborated with the Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei to design a 3-story, 50-foot high, installation in the central atrium of Singapore’s Peranakan Museum.
Healthcare Exterior Winner Urbana Studio May-September,
On one side of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital’s garage, two-tone powder-coated aluminum fins are angled to create a dappled effect.
Healthcare Interior Winner Ansen Seale

Perkins + Will

You Activate This Space,
San Antonio.
LEDs behind glass panels change color in response to movement in a South Texas Medical Center tower specialized in trauma and emergency care.
Healthcare Interior Merit Paul Housberg

Perkins + Will

Water Walk,
This art glass installation consists of a milky, mouth-blown sheet glass with vitreous paint laminated to mirror and is located in the lobby of the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Merit Kurt Johnson

HDR Architecture, Inc.

The Mother Baby Center, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. The new 92,000 sq. ft. hospital is a aesthetic impression of a new birth center. It is intended to provide “family centered maternity care.”
Merit Judy Collins

Heather Collins

Kaiser Lone Tree Medical Center, Lone Tree, Colorado. This project consists of four large-scale niches in the new Kaiser Lone Tree Medical Center. Each niche presents a take on the theme “Nature’s Eden.”
Hospitality Winner Gensler

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Alexander Hotel,
In a hotel lounge, 3,000 plastic hair combs compose Sonya Clark’s portrait of early 20th-century beauty entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker.
Hospitality Merit Brad Oldham Lumen Light Team,
The Hotel Lumen is a mid-century modern hotel located across the street from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Hospitality Merit blackdog studio

Raymond Saa

Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta. Art Initiative and Carolyn Auger Joiner of blackdog studio proposed a grand scale wall painting of the nearly 100 ft high concrete core of the iconic John Portman-designed Westin Peachtree Plaza by the artist Raymond Saa.
Hospitality Merit Lilian B. Interiors

In Situ Design

William Engel

William Hotel, New York. The design of the William hotel was an intimate collaboration between artists and designers who wanted to blur the lines between art, architecture, and interior design.
Institutional Installation Winner Stanley Beaman & Sears Gallery 72,
A swooping gesture to pull pedestrians inside, ribbons of powder-coated aluminum descend the facade to become an entry canopy, then traverse the ceiling of the lobby.
Institutional Exhibition Winner Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Guangzhou Design Institute

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Office
of Art in Embassies

Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies

U.S. Consulate General,
Guangzhou, China.
Joel Shapiro’s sculpture Now in painted aluminum is among American and Chinese pieces chosen for the 7 ½-acre urban site.
Institutional Merit Naturehumaine Fondation Guido Molinari,
Movable volumes of painted drywall both display and store the art at the late modernist painter’s loft and studio, now a public gallery.
Institutional Merit

Aedas Architects

Martin Donlin Limited

Greater Manchester Police HQ, Manchester, U.K. The main entrance is a monumental image of Sir Robert Peel, a form comprised of hundreds of lines of text in blues and whites containing quotes from Peel together with a brief biography and history of policing. 
Institutional Merit

GSA Art in Architecture Program


Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates


Robert Mangold


Franz Mayer of Munich, Inc.


Mascaro Construction Company LLP


Cannon Design


Arthur Metzler & Associates


Weidlinger Associates Inc.

Three Columns, Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse, Buffalo, New York.  Commissioned by the GSA’s Art-in-Architecture program, Robert Mangold created abstract imagery for the 16 stained glass windows, yet these carefully balanced forms relate to the design, function, and symbolism of a courthouse.
Landscape Winner Studio Fink Northala Fields,
Northolt, U.K.
Joining a park’s giant knolls of turf-covered construction rubble, an adventure playground is designed for teenagers with special needs.
Landscape Merit Jade Dressler, Inc. Portal do Sul, São Paulo, Brazil. Jade Dressler introduced performance and sculptor artist, Pasha Radetzki for a residency where Radetzki created “Portal do Sul,” a landscape installation of 10 related structures over 100 hectares of mountainous terrain.
Landscape Merit

Vicki Scuri

David Butzier, Engineer
URS Washington Division

John Hinman
CH2M Hill


Mark Spitzer, Architect

Sand Creek Byway, Sandpoint, Idaho. This plan introduces a major environmental feature, the living wall concept, which replaces traditional post-and-beam highway construction with MSE green walls.
Landscape Merit


The largest performance fountain in Europe and one of the grandest in the world by WET, Aquanura also debuted WET’s new colored LED lighting.
Liturgical Winner WET BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
Chino Hills, California.
Outside a Hindu temple and cultural center, a lotus-shape granite fountain’s eco-friendly air-powered jets pulsate in a choreographed sequence.
Liturgical Merit

Flavio Senoner

Presbytery design, Church of Saint Cassiano,
Grugliasco/Torino, Italy.
New Presbytery design for the rich baroque style church of Saint Cassiano. The parts of the new decor are Altar, Pulpit, Sedile, Baptismal Font, Paschal Candle. Material: Limewood, Biancone di Asiago marble, color and bleatgold.
Liturgical Merit

Linda Witte Henke

Christine Felde

Titled “Festive Red,” this collection of liturgical vestments was commissioned on the occasion of the election of The Reverend Elizabeth A. Eaton as fourth presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Liturgical Merit

Dana Boussard

This large commission of stained glass windows was executed over several years. Rising from the base of the windows, native wheat is whipped in the prairie wind and the earthly elements beckon the eye upward, becoming undulating vines, flowers and birds.
Public Space Winner Barbara Grygutis Dawn’s Silver Lining,
Salina, Kansas.
On the median of a busy highway, the laser-cut aluminum moiré of 20-foot-tall sculptures represents the spare branches of trees in winter.
Public Space Merit Pinta Acoustic Inc. SPLASH!,
Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center located in Miami Gardens, Florida offers swimming and aquatic fitness classes where participants need to hear and understand instruction.
Public Space Merit

Randy Walker

Pioneer Spinners and Fiber Artists

St. Peter, Minnesota.
A historic 1876 wrought iron bridge, currently retired and used as a pedestrian bridge in a rural county park near St. Peter, Minnesota, was temporarily transformed in the fall of 2011.
Public Space Merit Wendy M. Ross

Hord, Coplan, Macht


FLORA, Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. The sculpture, designed and fabricated by Ross, reimagines and renovates an aging and deteriorating 40 x 40 foot pool and fountain to enliven Hopkins Plaza.
Residential Exterior Winner CCS Architecture Djerassi Resident Artists Program,
Woodside, California.
Solar panels on a steel canopy contribute to the net-zero energy designation for the four cedar-clad cabins housing writers-in-residence.
Residential Exterior Merit John Boak

RMT Architecture

High Mountain Cabin, Leadville, Colorado. The cabin is a wood-frame building, clad in 12″x 2″ milled spruce planks: 1200 square feet on two levels, with one large room on the upper level; 200 sq. ft. toolshed.
Residential Interior Winner Jacob van der Beugel The North Sketch Sequence,
Bakewell, U.K.
Subverting traditional portraiture at Chatsworth House, clay blocks represent the DNA sequences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s family.
Residential Interior Merit Sorg Architects

Anice Hoachlander

Apartment One, Washington, DC. The Wendell Mansions apartment building was originally constructed in 1906 along Massachusetts Avenue and designed in the beaux arts style by Baltimore architect Edward H. Glidden.
Residential Interior Merit Kim Clark Renteria

Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects

Rittenhouse SRO Affordable Housing, Houston. New Hope Housing, a Houston non-profit; built Rittenhouse in 2013. This 160 unit, low income housing SRO, provides its residents with a sense of dignity and beauty.
Transportation Winner Bill FitzGibbons LightRails,
Birmingham, Alabama.
A rainbow of LEDs lightens and brightens the art deco archways of a railroad underpass that had become forbidding over the decades.
Transportation Merit Tillett Lighting Design “Any-Angled Light,” Bear Canyon Arroyo Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Tillett Lighting Design won a competition sponsored by City of Albuquerque Public Art Program to create light art for the Bear Canyon Arroyo Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge.
Transportation Merit

Norie Sato

Air Over Under, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco. Inspired by our relationship to clouds and flight, the imagery for this vertical glass canopy creates a façade for the Terminal.
Transportation Merit

Christopher Janney

Harmonic Convergence, Miami. Harmonic Convergence is the new gateway to the Miami Airport, composed of an 80 foot colored glass wall and an interactive multi-speaker sound-score over a 2000 sq. ft. space.

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