It might appear to some that creative explorations and quality-lit environments would be harder to come by these days given shorter project time lines, stricter energy requirements, and tighter budgets. But as the following 14 winning projects illustrate, amazing results can still be achieved. (The projects were selected from the 119 entries that we received this year.) It doesn't mean that the process is easy, but it does reinforce how important design thinking is when it comes to the building process, and what can be accomplished despite all of the additional constraints and project requirements. It is also further testament to the critical role that lighting plays in completing architecture. Simply put, without light, a lot of great buildings would be left in the dark.
Art Collector's Loft
The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas
ThyssenKrupp Real Estate, Essen, Germany
Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, England
The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, New York
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York
John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
RePUBlic Gastropub, Oklahoma City, Okla.
155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago
The Morgan Library & Museum, McKim Building Restoration, New York
Best Use of Color
Queens Theatre in the Park Addition and Renovation
The Cushing Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Washington, D.C.
Platform 5, Sunderland Station, England
Sunrise Yard Dept. of Transportation Maintenance Facility, Queens, N.Y. & North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.