San Francisco Firm Receives Nearly 60 Accolades for Innovative Projects From 2015 to 2016
SAN FRANCISCO: Form4 Architecture received several prestigious industry honors this spring, adding to the nearly 60 accolades garnered by the firm from 2015 to 2016. Among the many awards programs that honored the firm this year were the A+Awards, Green Good Design Awards, Gold Nugget Awards, LEAF Awards, World Architecture Festival Awards, and International Design Awards.
A+Awards for Conceptual Design
The conceptual design of Sanguine Lily: 1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin was awarded as Jury Winner of Architizer.com’s 2016 A+Award, celebrating the year’s best in meaningful architecture, spaces, and products from across the globe, in the Architecture +Rendering category. Sanguine Lily, surrounded by three reflecting pools, intends to appear from afar as a petal floating serenely on water, and pays homage to lost loved ones of The Easter Rising of 1916 with 232 spherical glass lights (one for each of the fallen) suspended from the ceiling. The firm’s Luminous Moon-Gate: Taichung City Cultural Center was recognized as Finalist in the category. The project was designed to be a center for cultural activity, and features a library and museum that serve as a gateway into the greater urban park. Oasis: Silicon Valley Technology Center received Special Mention in the category, and was envisioned as an iconic beacon for innovation and design. With a large tropical garden—like an oasis—high up in the heart of the structure, along with multi-level enclosures, the project is intended as a prototype of tomorrow’s workplace.
Glass Butterfly, a conceptual public transportation shelter inspired by the balance between the delicacy of glass and its structural integrity, received recognition as Finalist for the A+Awards in the Unbuilt Transportation category, adding to the many awards won by the project. Last year, Glass Butterfly took home the German Design Council Award within the Building & Elements category, along with The Chicago Athenaeum’s American Architecture Award. In addition, it received Honorable Mentions both within The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards in the Best Unbuilt Project category, and the International Design Awards.
Green Good Design Awards for Sustainability
The firm won two honors in 2016 within the Architecture category of the Green Good Design Awards, which were founded to bestow international recognition to those that have inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe, presented by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies, in collaboration with The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum for Architecture and Design. Sea Song, a self-sustaining, net-zero energy, LEED Platinum-aimed single-family residential concept, along with Innovation Curve, a Silicon Valley workplace concept, are featured in a special exhibition, Design a Better World Now. The exhibition opened at the Contemporary Space Athens (Mitropoleos 74, Plaka), on June 23, 2016, and will run through August 7, 2016.
Gold Nugget Awards of Merit
Form4 Architecture was recognized with five Awards of Merit across four categories from the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards, presented by PCBC, and honoring improvements upon local communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning, and development. In the Best Commercial Projects Over 20,000 Square Feet category, the firm was honored for its VMware Campus, set within Palo Alto’s prestigious Stanford Research Park, and its Netflix Headquarters in Los Gatos, CA. The firm also received praise for Netflix Headquarters in the Interior Renovations Category. Within the Zero Net Energy category, the firm received an Award of Merit for its Hanover Page Mill project in Palo Alto, CA. Finally, Falling Lotus Blossoms: EON IT Park in Pune, India, an elegantly arranged quartet of buildings inspired by India’s national flower, won an Award of Merit within the International Commercial & Special Use Project category.
LEAF Awards for Innovative Design
The LEAF Awards, presented by the Leading European Architecture Forum, which celebrates innovative architecture and design projects internationally, recognized three of the firm’s developments. Sea Song was shortlisted in the Future Building/Drawing Board category, and both Hanover Page Mill and Falling Lotus Blossoms: EON IT Park were shortlisted in the Best Sustainable Development category. Winners will be announced at the LEAF Awards gala on October 14, 2016, in London.
World Architectural Festival Shortlist for Future Projects
The World Architecture Festival, touted as the world’s largest festival dedicated to celebrating and sharing architecture, shortlisted the firm’s Urban Frames residential and office mixed-use concept in the Future Projects/Commercial Mixed Use category, and the firm’s design of Jeju International Airport, an international airport terminal addition in Jeju, South Korea, in its Future Projects/Infrastructure category. This year’s World Architectural Festival will be held in Berlin, Germany, November 16th-18th.
International Design Awards for Legendary Design
The International Design Awards, which recognizes, celebrates, and promotes legendary design visionaries, honored four of the firm’s projects. Sea Song was honored with a 1st Place Award in the Conceptual Architecture category, along with Santa Clara Law at Santa Clara University, a Silicon Valley-based educational institution, which received an Honorable Mention in the category. The Hive, a professional development center located in the Bay area, received a 3rd Place Bronze Award in the Interiors Conceptual category, while Netflix Headquarters received an Honorable Mention in the Interior Office category.
About Form4 Architecture
Form4 Architecture believes architecture is the art of giving form to ideas. The award-winning firm specializes in creating environments, whether for tech offices, mixed-use developments, or residences, that respond as equally to the topography of a site as they do to the people they serve. Form4 creates formal expressions that are not only poetically moving and conceptually thoughtful, but also reflective of the client’s values and goals. As collaborative partners in the design process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, Paul Ferro, AIA, and James Tefend, AIA—are personally involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision. Since 1999, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.