Design competition tackles bicycle station
Date: Monday, Jan 30, 2012
Publication: Foster's Daily Democrat
MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its Intern/Young Architect Design Competition at their 28th Annual Awards Banquet at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, January 20.
The competition provides an opportunity for interns and young architects to strengthen their design skills, gain recognition, and assist a community with their design challenges. It is open to architectural interns and architects within five years of registration throughout New England.
The idea for this year's competition was a theoretical project based on the future of urban transportation, public health, and environmental conservation, which requires cities to encourage their populations to shift to alternative modes of transportation, with the bicycle offering a leading option. With the increase in the presence and fundamental understanding of bicycles, fueled by urban culture, energy costs, and environmental awareness, this year's Young Architects Competition challenged each candidate to address these paramount needs through the design of an 7,000 square foot Urban Bicycle Station near Market Square in downtown Portsmouth.
The jury was comprised of Christopher Carley AIA, Principal at C.N. Carley Associates, Concord; Rob Harbeson AIA, Project Architect at DeStefano Architects, Portsmouth; and Liaquat Kahn, AET Department Head at the NH Technical Institute, Concord. The jury was impressed by the overall effort and passionate work put in by each of the 10 design submissions.
The jurors selected the following winners:
— First Place was awarded to Adam Lemire of LineSync Architecture in Wilmington, VT.
Jurry Comments: "Adam's design, The Loop, creates a subtle, formally graceful and powerful urban solution containing the most interesting public space out of all the entries. The flow and experience of the design is enjoyable and is reminiscent of someone riding on a bicycle. The handling of program creates a poetic experience from clear and simple goals that speaks to the movement of bicycles and the integration of bicycle routes along the seacoast of New Hampshire. The thoughtful consideration of site and context and integration of cycling, pedestrian, and public activity is successful by not trying to fill the proposed site with an overbearing building."
— Second Place was a tie, awarded to Andrew M. Queen, of Washington, NH, and an employee at Pro Con Inc. in Manchester, and Nathan Stolarz AIA of Medford, MA, who worked at TMS Architects in Portsmouth for six years and is now employed at Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates in Cambridge, MA.
Jury Comments: "Andrew Queen's submission, The Cycle Tower, presents a bold concept creating a new icon for the city of Portsmouth. It contains strong organizing principles and its use of sustainable materials deserves merit for a valiant attempt towards a unique building typology. It was noted that the monumental buildings scale seemed to be a bit overpowering and lacked language that was consistent with the formal context and historical surroundings of the city of Portsmouth, but it successfully created a integrated flow and movement throughout the plan that simply solves many issues of the programmatic spaces for this competition."
"Nathan Stolarz's concept, The Life Cycle, takes an urban point of view approach creating a tectonic expression and architectural image of spinning spokes along the Daniel Street Facade evoking an interesting celebration of bicycle culture. Though this building seems to be more about the street and has some overpowering scale issues, it creates a design that is transparent for the community carrying a light, airy, and simple framed building juxtaposed to the heavier darker brick buildings along Daniel Street."
The winners received cash awards. For more information and images of the winning projects, go to www.aianh.org/competition.asp.