WINNERS_BATAY-CSORBA AND LA DESIGN GROUP
Winners of the 65th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards
Congratulations to alumni Jodi Batay-Csorba and Andrew Batay-Csorba both (M.Arch.I ’05) for their Honorable Mention award for [Misfit]Fit, and to alumni Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder both (M.Arch. '05) for their Honorable Mention award for Restaurant in Los Angeles .
There is a thrilling moment in every creative endeavor, when an idea has been wholly fleshed out and developed, but not yet realized in physical form. That particular moment of anticipation, of innovation on the cusp, is what the Progressive Architecture Awards celebrate. For 65 years and counting, the P/A Awards has served as a crystal ball for the built environment, revealing the influences, typologies, forms, and techniques of tomorrow. So it is fitting that this year’s winners—selected by jurors Reto Geiser, Florian Idenburg, Intl. Assoc. AIA, and Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA—encompass a profound range of progressive ideas. These 10 projects, from firms both well-established and new to the scene, rethink the order of the single-family house, push the conventions of speculative commercial spaces, offer new ways of learning at home and away, and even change how people relate to nature. They are wondrous in their disparity, demonstrating architecture’s undiminished capacity to both improve society and reinvent itself.
Reto Geiser, MG&Co. Houston
Florian Idenburg, Intl. Assoc. AIA, SO–IL, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA, Woodbury University, Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: [Misfit]Fit, Toronto, by Batay-Csorba Architects
“I like its brutal, rough stack, but it is very systematic at the same time. It is intelligent and gives it a very clear character.” — juror Florian Idenburg, Intl.
Batay-Csorba Architects’ latest project for its hometown of Toronto is actuated by a deep-felt connection with the city’s history and a novel conception of its prospective future. The four-story [Misfit]Fit is a new commercial building in Liberty Village, a character-crammed former manufacturing enclave a short ride from downtown that’s lately been heavily colonized by major developers. Read more about this project here
Honorable Mention: Restaurant in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, by The Los Angeles Design Group
“I love that it is so compelling in plan, with the floating volumes, and in section, with the tectonics of the masonry. It creates some really beautiful spaces that I want to inhabit.” —juror Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA
It takes no small amount of daring to throw 1960s glam, 1990s grit, and today’s eco-friendly sensibility together into a single architectural medley. Yet that’s what the Los Angeles Design Group (the LADG) have done in their scheme for a Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Read more about this project here.