Kentucky architecture awards given

ssloan@herald-leader.comNovember 2, 2012 

The Kentucky Society of Architects on Thursday presented its annual Excellence in Architectural Design awards to building projects across the state including several in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

Five projects were given honor awards, the group's highest distinction, and three were given citations. The honorees were chosen from 39 entries received.

Here are the winners with selected judges' comments:

Honor awards

Jx2 house in Bourbon County: The rural private residence was designed by architects Margaret and Michael Jacobs for use as their own home. "The metal finish and the siting of the project in the landscape meadow makes an enriching connection to other agrarian or farm buildings that beautifully punctuate this region." Blue solar house in Lexington: Designed by Gregory Luhan of Luhan Studio in Lexington and the University of Kentucky Blue solar house team, the structure was built in 2009 for a national competition on solar houses; it placed ninth. The mobile house is now near the Gluck Equine Research Building off Nicholasville Road. It served as a visitors center during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. "The rigorous integration of form and technology creates a great learning experience for students, developing ideas they can actually build."

Meadow View Cemetery pavilion in Louisville: Designed by JRA Architects of Louisville. "We love the detail and material attention paid to this extraordinarily simple structure. ... The butterfly roof does its job as a reference to an uplifting metamorphosis."

Private residence in Louisville: Designed by De Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop of Louisville. "This is a very mature work — simple, modern additions are strategically located, well-proportioned and complement the historic structure beautifully."

Market Street Barbers in Louisville: Designed by Architectural Artisans of Louisville. "The design transcends style debates to create a classic barbershop that we imagine appeals to many men."


Trust Lounge in Lexington: The bar on Main Street, between Limestone and Upper Street, was created in 2011 by renovating a century-old Beaux Arts bank building. Designed by GRW of Lexington.

Urban Active Fitness at Polaris in Columbus, Ohio: Designed by EOP Architects of Lexington.

Shawnee Library addition and renovation in Louisville: Designed by MS&R Architects of Minneapolis with architect of record Luckett & Farley Architects of Louisville.

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz

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