January 31, 2008
The face of downtown Raleigh will be changing soon, with a new and contemporary energy conscious building for the headquarters of the North Carolina chapter of American Institute of Architects. There was a state-wide competition to find the right statement which, of course, includes aesthetic and functional awesomeness as well as fulfilling the goal of creating a building that uses at least 55 percent less energy than traditional styles when it opens in 2010.
Out of 68+ entries from architects all over the state, Frank Harmon Architect was chosen as the winner. The firm’s entry used the footprint of the building as well as the surrounding landscape in a way that will make the public space inviting, and will warm the entire area of currently cold character-less government buildings. Personally, I can’t wait for the addition.
The Raleigh News and Observer has a great article detailing energy-saving elements of the design, as well as the goals behind the project.