Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives two Design Awards from AIA Connecticut

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives two Design Awards from AIA Connecticut

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives two Design Awards from AIA Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Feb. 20, 2009)–Two projects by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Daniel L. Malone Engineering Center and the Overture Center for the Arts, received Design Awards from AIA Connecticut. The Design Awards are an annual comprehensive program that recognizes design excellence in projects in Connecticut or by Connecticut architects. In 2008, Awards and Honorable Mention were given to 14 projects in five categories.

The Daniel L. Malone Engineering Center, a 65,000-square-foot research building at Yale University, was honored in the built category. Located on a tight triangular site adjacent to the Farmington Canal trail, the building expresses its high-tech program while respecting its setting. To the street, the Malone Center presents a dignified façade of limestone and slate that maintains the rhythm and scale of the neighboring buildings. Facing the canal path, the design features a gently curving glass wall along the full length of the building, bringing the natural environment deep into the laboratories. In announcing the award, AIA Connecticut noted that, “The jury loved the elevation it presents to the adjacent canal in the sunlight and the other elevation to the campus and the way the building balances curve against angularity. It handles space well and is an example of how a modern building can be contextual.”

The Overture Center for the Arts, located in Madison, Wis., was also honored in the Built category. The project assembled two existing theaters and an art museum into a single unified performing arts center, while adding a major concert hall. By renovating the existing venues and adding sensitively-scaled lobbies, shops, and restaurants, the large building maintains the pedestrian-friendly feel of the existing city streets. In its awards announcement, AIA Connecticut noted, “The jury loved the way the Center energized the street and created a celebratory space.” The jury also cited the pipe organ array, the entry sequence, and the glass streetscape, which it called “an undulating, warm intimate space.”

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