Vanke Research Base Wins AIA Kentucky Merit Award

Vanke Research Base received the AIA Kentucky Merit Award at the AIA Indiana/ Kentucky Convention in Fort Wayne on October 2. Headquarters for Vanke's construction operation division, the facility enables researchers to develop new ways to improve the construction process. The space was designed to promote global ambition with signature spaces of the highest quality that foster innovation and social interaction.

The Jurors comments: "a showcase for the versatility and beauty of concrete as a building material; the textures and compositional playfulness of the walls disprove the notion of concrete as a somber, crude, and heavy material. The perforated, sculptural perimeter wall functions as a beautiful sun screen that filters natural light into the building's common spaces while creating an elegant interstitial space between the interior and the exterior."