We are pleased to announce the new Science Center at Amherst College and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University have been named recipients of the 2019 AIA COTE Top Ten.
Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) select the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. In its 21st year, the program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology.
This recognition means a great deal to our firm, as our practice has prioritized the fusion of design and performance, believing that beautiful buildings perform beautifully. That perspective is what we bring to all our work, as embodied in these two outstanding projects.Kevin Sullivan, FAIA, Payette CEO/President
This design philosophy has shaped the firm we are today, which we are also honored and humbled to be recognized with the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award.
Meticulous craft, layered transparency and academic connectivity are the driving forces behind the new Science Center at Amherst College. The building’s innovative features are evident in section, where classrooms, a mix of energy-intensive laboratories, offices and flex spaces are clustered around a central daylit commons and united by a dramatic rooftop canopy. An integrated approach to sustainability was essential from the earliest planning stages, impacting every aspect of the project. Embracing the guiding concept of science on display, the activity in the building is visible to the campus and most interiors share intimate visual connections, enlivening the formerly marginalized campus precinct.
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) is designed to advance Northeastern University’s cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach to global challenges of sustainability, security and health. Flow and movement define the form language of the building, expanding the University’s urban campus to the south of a major rail corridor and reconnecting the Fenway and Roxbury neighborhoods. Dynamic movement systems permeate the project, like pebbles in a stream defining the landscape paths through bio-swales and the dynamic solar veil shading the office pod. The building form is intrinsically linked with high performance architecture through parametric design and energy modeling to achieve an integrated design.
Our submission can be found on the AIA COTE website along with the other Top Ten recipients. To celebrate Earth Day and this great honor, we’ll be sharing interesting tidbits about the energy efficiency of the building on Twitter all day.
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