July 18, 2008
  Cass Gilbert’s Lightner-Young Double House Given New Life
St. Paul preservation commission honors architect and owner for restoration
JLG Architects and Mohr Construction Company received an award in May from the St. Paul, Minn., Heritage Preservation Commission and AIA St. Paul for their restoration and renovation of Cass Gilbert’s Lightner-Young Double House on Summit Avenue. Built in 1886, the Double House was one of eight homes that Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth Building and the St. Louis Art Museum, designed for St. Paul’s tony Summit Avenue neighborhood. The renovation rehabilitated the side-by-side homes and restored much of the homes’ design intent.

The Nature of Nature
Tom Kundig, FAIA, receives National Architecture Design Award from Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum
Tom Kundig, FAIA, partner in Seattle-based Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, has been honored with a Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum 2008 National Design Award in architecture design for integrating architecture and landscape in both small and large projects. Kundig, a native of the Northwest, has always preferred being outside to inside, he reflects, citing this as the influence on his architecture. He grew up in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho in a landscape of mountains, deserts, rivers, and high skies. “My childhood was about being outside,” he recalls. “So here I am as an architect designing for buildings where … the building is the line—the veneer—between outside and inside.”

Ten Museum Park: Mies at the Beach
More warm-weather Modernism takes off in Miami

OPPENheim Architecture + Design’s Ten Museum Park adapts Modernist ideas about structural honesty and minimalist construction and applies them to a luxury beachfront site. The condominium tower wears a gridded exoskeleton that appears as a decorative design element while still working as structural support, illustrating the building’s commitment to minimalism and seaside residential opulence.

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