The Kentucky Society of Architects recently presented building projects across the state with its annual Excellence in Architectural Design awards. Five projects among the 45 entries received were given honor awards, the group's highest distinction.
Another five were given merit awards, and three received citations.
■ Shorty's — The Urban Market in Lexington, designed by EOP Architects of Lexington. The judges noted the grocery "is a playful and fun environment in which to shop that capitalizes on the character and features of the existing building."
■ University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital's Pavilion A in Lexington, designed by AECOM (Ellerbe Becket) of Minneapolis and GBBN Architects of Lexington. The judges complimented the structure's "humane quality, which is so unusual for such a large-scale institutional complex."
■ Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, designed by Tate Hill Jacobs Architects of Lexington. "The restoration of some elements and the use of complementary new forms together create a memorable new focus for community life," the judges wrote.
■ 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, designed by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects of New York City and K. Norman Berry Associates Architects of Louisville. "The adaptive reuse of five historic urban buildings has created a truly unique hotel," the judges wrote of the hotel and art gallery space.
■ Stout Little House in Oldham County, designed by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop of Louisville. Judges said the home "is a stunning demonstration of the value of taking time to understand the traditions of a region and translating them into a new and authentic continuation of those traditions."