Each year The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognizes a handful of projects in the nation for National Honor Awards for buildings that "elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice." This year, the National AIA has given out its top awards for the year and the North Carolina Museum of Art's expansion wing is 1 of 10 to win an Honor Award.
If you've been to the new expansion wing, you know that the campus quality has been vastly improved by the new building, the new landscaping and of course the new space for more art. For me it's all of those in-between spaces that make the new building such a success, from the entrance and seating area to the water pools between wings to the outdoor sculpture gardens, these spaces weave the minimal interior with the exterior very fluidly. Apparently, the AIA agrees and Thomas Phifer and local architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee were honored with the highest award in the nation.
Below are the jury comments and visit the AIA's website for more info on the award.
Worthy of recognition for the precision and technology that went into the design of the ceiling and light well – the way daylight is brought into this building is ingenious.From a distance, the building appears as a normal industrial building fitting into its context – upon approach it is an amazingly precise and elegant box.Very unique for a museum in that it contributes to the overall master plan for this part of the city.