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Best Sustainable Commercial Project
Grand Award
Green Square Complex
Raleigh, NC
Builder:
Clancy and Theys – NRC, Brasfield and
Gorrie – DENR
Developer:
State of North Carolina, Department of
Administration
Design Architect:
Fentress Architects
Architect of Record:
O’Brien/Atkins
Associates, PA
Land Planner:
Mulkey, Inc
Interior Design:
O’Brien/Atkins Associates, PA
Judges Statement:
The judges were immediately impressed with the design solution the architects presented in this complex urban building. Their concept statement,
quoted below, says it all.
“ Encompassing two blocks and consisting of two components — the Nature Research Center (NRC) Museum and the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) office building — Green Square at once advances environmental research, educates the public on the natural sciences and sustainability technology,
and revitalizes a blighted, but important, area of Raleigh’s urban core. The need to integrate leading-edge sustainability technology and an aesthetically distinct yet
harmonious architectural vocabulary within a dense urban setting posed special challenges to the project. It has also contributed urbanistically to the vitality of downtown.
One of the project’s critical constraints was the need to integrate several complex programs — namely, laboratory and museum space — into a single entity. Realizing
the educational opportunities this challenge presented, glass walls were incorporated into the design to allow the public to watch scientists in action. Glass walls were
likewise incorporated into the curtain wall and between museum galleries, allowing daylight to flow deep into the floorplate and challenging the preconception that a
museum must be nearly windowless.”
Photographer: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing, Jason A. Knowles © Fentress Architects
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