August 26, 2015

Growing Together: 2015 CODAawards Honor Artists and Designers

Paying tribute to the integration of commissioned art with architecture, interiors, and landscapes has been the mission of the CODAawards ever since CODAworx, a Wisconsin organization founded as the Collaboration of Design + Art, asked Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen to serve on the inaugural jury. This year, she was joined by 18 other experts, including Interior Design Hall of Fame members Jamie Drake and Debra Lehman SmithGensler principal and design director Ed Wood, Museum of Arts and Design director Glenn Adamson, and CODAworx senior adviser Ilene Shaw. The team reviewed 300-plus projects from 18 countries, across 10 categories: commercial, educational, health care, hospitality, institutional, landscape, liturgical, public space, residential, and transportation. Two People’s Choice awards, selected by an online public vote, rounded out the mix. See the slideshow for winners and below for a listing of all winners and honorees.

> See the 2014 winners and honorees

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Commercial Winner

Markus LinnenbrinkGensler

Morrison & Foerster, New York Acrylic, pigment, and gesso is painted on panels cladding eight 42-foot-long elevator lobbies at the New York office of the law firm Morrison & Foerster.
Merit Duggal Visual Solutions; Levenbetts; Janus Property Company Reimagining a New York City Block, New York The Janus Property Company’s revitalization of Harlem’s Manhattanville neighborhood included transforming a five-block pocket of abandoned factory buildings into a vibrant mixed-use community space.
Merit Skyline Design; Hartshome Plunkard Ltd. 1K Fulton, Chicago  An ambitious glass feature wall for the lobby is inspired by a night watchman’s photography of frozen formations at 1K Fulton.
Merit Skyline Art Services; Mike Szabo Drawing Machine, Houston Skyline Art Services and artist Mike Szabo planned and installed a free-hanging pendulum that staff and visitors interact with, physically introducing periodic swinging motions that, in turn, leave patterned markings on paper.
Merit This project is a series of three glass aerial sculptures, each in its own neighboring building. They incorporate photographic images sublimated onto plate glass to bring vibrant color to these neutral spaces.
Education Winner

Squint/OperaHirsch & MannEnnead Architects

WCMC Discovery Wall, New York A wall-sized digital artwork created from thousands of tiny screens and lenses was designed by Squint/Opera in collaboration with Hirsch & Mann for the Belfer Research Building in Manhattan.
Merit A former brewery warehouse in downtown Toronto—housing the School of Image Arts for 50 years—has been radically transformed by a dynamic LED light feature.
Merit Comprised of 240 elements, with 2,500 connections, the 13-ton sculpture “Odin” fills its site with a dynamic interplay of form and void.
Merit Located in, the new Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, one of the world’s foremost centers for agricultural research, the suspended sculpture comprises a series of increasingly modern agrarian horizons, interspersed with layers of optically porous mists.
Healthcare Winner

Catherine WidgeryIsadore MichasKPFF Consulting Engineers

Passing Storms, Junction City, Oregon At Oregon State Hospital in Junction City, Passing Storms is powder-coated aluminum cut by water jet into cumulus clouds, with rain approximated by stainless-steel cable.
Merit This project consists of two long windows on either side of a hallway; together they create an art glass environment through which patients, staff, and visitors travel.
Merit Peter HiteSkyline Art Services Map of Honor, Fort Benning, Georgia Taking on the form of an old rumpled map, postage stamps of famous soldiers, cultural points and the Medal of Honor, combine to recall not only maps of the Army base but the greatness of the military.
Merit Havre, Montreal This circular installation, 98.5 feet in diameter, is in a landscaped area fronting the McGill University Health Center, where footpaths encourage viewing.
Merit MediCo Centre, Paderborn, Germany  This artwork along the side of the MediCo Centre in Paderborn, Germany was designed using simple human figures in the pursuit of health and happiness.
Hospitality Winner

EDG Interior Architecture + Design; Mohammed Zulkarnaen Othman (Zero)

Neon Pigeon, Singapore Inspired by a mash-up of New York meets London meets Tokyo, the goal for Neon Pigeon was to capture the essence of the quintessential Tokyo izakaya. The 1,550 square foot space harnesses the buzz and energy of the people, capturing the izakaya essence with a gritty urban twist.
Merit The property follows Generator’s universal concept of affordable and design-driven accommodations in prime locations, with an emphasis on a wide range of vibrant social spaces.
Merit + People’s Choice When guests enter the lower floor of the Isono and Vasco Restaurant, they are greeted with Isono’s cinematic décor, then access to Vasco on the upper floor.
Merit Yarnbombing transforms eight columns in the food hall at the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles.
Institutional Winner INsite by Luftwerk transformed the Farnsworth House into a canvas of light and sound, featuring original music by percussionist Owen Clayton Condon and curated by Steve Dietz.
Merit Spiral of Gratitude is a permanent memorial installation, to honor police officers who have fallen in the line of duty, located in the main lobby of the San Francisco Public Safety Building.
Merit Made Visible is a multi-storey wall installation located within the new headquarters for Public Health Ontario.
Merit  A dramatic structure descends from the atrium ceiling of the U.S. Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Merit The Water Matrix (Matrice liquide 3D, in French) is a robotic machine that creates water sculptures in real time, giving life to a continuous evolution of shapes and images.
 Landscape Winner

Konstantin DimopoulosHouston Arts Alliance

The Blue Trees, Houston and Galveston, Texas

Branches and trunks are painted with a water-based mineral pigment for The Blue Trees in Houston and Galveston, Texas.

Sollod Studio

 “Energy” at Ardmore Substation, Redmond, Washington The artwork consists of a 70-foot-high transmission pole with 13 stainless steel bands, each with a ring of LED lighting.

Melanie CreanJordan Parnass Digital Architecture

Memories of the Future, Bronx, New York Memories of the Future is a mobile cinema project that functions as a location-based portrait of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Using a smartphone app, visitors navigate the landscape and view videos of spoken word poetry performances by local poets tied to specific locations in the landscape.
Merit Moving Surfaces, Ottawa, Canada Composed from a series of steel shapes that bend and fold, Moving Surfaces’ organic, fluid form is reminiscent of the flow of water itself. 
Merit Cor-Ten Cattails, Berwyn, Pennsylvania Made of 328 Cor-Ten steel blades set upright, the “Cor-Ten Cattails” were designed for an Arts and Crafts inspired home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania as a yard sculpture that also keeps deer out.
Liturgical Winner

Derix GlasstudiosJohn Pawson

Moritzkirche, Augsburg, Germany Thin slices of onyx, laminated to Romanesque windows, diffuse daylight in the Moritzkirche in Augsburg, Germany. 
Merit Sarah Hall Studio; Peters Studio Lux Gloria, Saskatoon, Canada Beauty, technology and solar energy are combined in a unique solar art glass installation in the spire of the new Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Canada.

Paul HousbergAtkin Olshin Shade Architects; Becker & Frondorf; Wohlsen Construction; Paul Rabinowitz Glass; Beams Custom Woodworking; Beam Ltd Lighting Consultant

Backlit art glass screens were designed to infuse the space with new energy, while referencing Jewish symbolism and the synagogue’s history in the Temple Adath Israel in Merlon Station, PA.
Merit  Design Fugitives; Progressive AE Cosmic Ecclesiastical Baldacchino, Grand Rapids, Michigan The project included design and fabrication of ecclesiastical elements intended to visually and spatially enrich the experience of celebrating masses, baptisms, and other liturgical events.
Merit  Derix Glasstudios Cathedral of Reims, Reims, France Three stained glass windows designed by German artist Imi Knoebel represent Franco-German friendship that was reignited in the Cathedral of Reims after WWII.
Public Spaces Winner 

Jun KanekoDerix GlasstudiosSinclair Hille Architects

Ascent, Lincoln, Nebraska Ascent, a 51-foot-tall tower in steel-supported glass illuminated by LEDs, stands at a pedestrian intersection in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

LandmarksNancy Rubins

Monochrome for Austin, Austin, Texas Composed of 70 aluminum canoes and small boats and standing over 50 feet tall, “Monochrome for Austin” cantilevers over the street providing an organic contrast to the surrounding architecture. 

Rafael Lozano-HemmerAssociation for Public Art; Matane Productions; Syncrolite

Open Air, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR, commissioned by the Association for Public Art, was an interactive light experience that transformed Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway from September 20 – October 14, 2012. 
Merit  Marc Fornes/ TheVeryMany; Edmonton Public Art Vaulted Willow, Edmonton, Canada Located in a public park, Vaulted Willow is an ultra-lightweight architectural folly where form, structure, and ornamentation come together into a unified system. 
Merit The Exhale Project is located at the 140 West Plaza in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The sculpture represents the dispersion and evaporation of water, expressing the hydrologic cycles of the environment. 
Merit ie: A monument to the culture and landscape of Fairbanks in crystalline and luminous form, Polaris is located at the entrance to the Gold Rush Highway, commanding attention as an iconic landmark.  
People’s Choice WET Performance Lake at Wynn Macau, with its commanding presence and vibrantly kinetic expressions, provides joyful and fascinating entertainment for hotel guests, as well as visitors strolling around the entrance grounds and nearby boulevard.
Residential Winner

Pavarini Design; zeroLUX Lighting Design

Falling Sticks, Kansas City, MO A former garment factory was re-envisioned to reflect the history of the region and the designer’s custom lighting sculpture which would tie-in Kansas City’s proximity to Tornado Alley. Falling Sticks evokes debris swirling around the atrium as if strewn by a tornado.
Merit This holiday home has a clear and clean-cut expression. The volume has a main wing, housing mainly bedrooms, which naturally adapts to the terrain and divides into two branches of living zones.
Merit Clodagh Design Abington House, New York Clodagh’s vision for Abington House was to create a building with a sense of place dedicated to the wellness and joy of the residents, staff and visitors, capturing the muscular intrigue of the High Line and referencing it in the interior finishes. 
Merit Brani & Desi Life in Expressionism, Sofia, Bulgaria The title of the project is taken from the art movement of Expressionism, because the designer used shapes and colors for emotional result in order to generate moods and ideas.
Transportation Winner

Catherine WidgeryPatrick WalkerCarl Daniel Architects; Ohio Gratings; Prolab Digital Imaging

Leaves of Wind, El Paso, Texas Integrated into 20 bus shelters throughout El Paso, Texas, Leaves of Wind’s aluminum screens are printed with images of local flora.
Merit The Time Lines Project at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport offers travelers a sense of arrival to a locale, with vibrant colors and dynamic transformations provided by holographic imagery.
Merit The baskets incorporated into the bridge’s design pay tribute to the indigenous Native American inhabitants of the San Gabriel Valley and the growth of agriculture as a major industry.
Merit Huether created this art installation of seven, individual life-sized figures for the baggage claim area in the new Terminal 1 at RDU.
Merit A series of lighted sculptural markers form a colonnade that flanks Highway 30 and becomes a dynamic gateway into the city of Ames, Iowa. 
Merit Instead of a typical plain parking structure, Abramson Teiger Architects used the Culver City required “Arts Component” as the façade screen.  

> See the 2014 winners and honorees

> See more from the August 2015 issue of Interior Design

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