GBBN Takes Home Five Cincinnati Design Awards

GBBN had a lot to celebrate at the 2021 Cincinnati Design Awards (CDAs). The awards show, which celebrates the best built-environments by Cincinnati-area design firms, recognized five GBBN projects this year.

The TriHealth Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Care Center won an International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Honor Award—the highest recognition available—in the category of Large-Scale Interior Architecture. Praising the biophilic design for its abundant natural light and connection to nature, the jury said the design “elevates the idea of human wellness.”

Cincinnati Ballet’s Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award in Large-Scale Building Architecture. Celebrating the building’s light and form, the jury was impressed by the way the building responds to the constraints of its challenging yet high profile site.

The addition and renovation of the Hillrom Innovation Center won an AIA Merit Award in Large-Scale Building Architecture. Described as a “beautiful, meticulously executed project,” the jury appreciated the way the striking, metal- and polycarbonate-clad addition “becomes a lantern during evening hours.” The Hillrom Innovation Center also recently won an Honor Award from AIA Indiana. Read about that here.

The Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green, which repurposed a once-crumbling piece of an old steel mill as a coworking space for technology accelerator, OneValley, won an AIA Merit Award in Large-Scale Building Architecture. “A really well-executed project,” the jury highlighted the way the design celebrates and reinterprets industrial elements of the building such as its turntable and crane. The Roundhouse also recently won a Metamorphosis Award from Retrofit Magazine. Read about that here.

The Vanke Community Sports Complex in ChangChun, China received an AIA Honorable Mention Award in Large-Scale Building Architecture. On the site of an old power plant, the material and form of the sports complex pay homage to the site’s former use while meeting the physical and recreational needs of the neighborhood’s growing population.

View all the winners of the Cincinnati Design Awards here.