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2019 AIA Florida Design Awards

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Art 'n Motion

Merit Award | Masonry in Design

Art 'n Motion

Merit Award | Masonry in Design

Designed by Anthony Harwell, Architect.

Entering into St. Augustine from the north, one will pass sprawling buildings that vary in design. Among those structures is one that greets visitors with a warm, soothing texture of colorful brick walls, bordered by mild cast stones caps, and sills that resonate a bygone era. Onlookers will see an extensive amount of glass allowing them to observe the contents as they peer through the building. The openings are trimmed in rough cut cypress, pulling the warm, clay tones from the brick. Mass and strength are conveyed by the corner buttresses, tapering as they rise above the wall and end with cast stone caps. The initial design concept was limited to the existing building footprint that was to be demolished. Having two individual user/functions made it challenging to make the building stand as one but give both users their own identity. Limitations to height and floor area were also a challenge not only for functionality but for keeping with the concept. To account for a deficiency in floor area, large cypress sliding doors along with a car lift were installed. This made it possible to have co-functional areas for the need of bother users. The unique architecture of the building, versatility of use, presentation on the entry corridor, and conveyance of St. Augustine's rich Historic Architecture make it unique among the many buildings currently being built.

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