A Great Body of Work
Beyond the hours and energy we pour into our work, the process of selecting projects to submit to the jury for the AIA 2020 project awards and pulling together the text and images to submit was no small investment. Before we were notified of this year's wins we were already celebrating the fact that we had an excellent body of work to choose from this year, we ultimately determined seven of our projects worthy of submitting.
This year's jury received 36 submissions from Kentucky architects and from those selected five projects worthy of recognition. To have two of our projects included in those five is a testament to our firm's hard work and dedication to innovation and excellence in design. This external validation from our peers for the hours we've poured into our projects is a powerful credit to our team, our process, and our firm.
We chose projects based on their use of innovation, their ability to improve their surroundings, and their exploration of the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence, which outlines 10 principles "to inform progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment."
We have already shared a bit about our two award-winning projects, but we want to share all of our work that we submitted this year because it is a true testament to the growth in design excellence and leadership Luckett & Farley has worked for these past few years.
Louisville Visual Art has been providing visual art education, community outreach, and artist engagement since 1909. Yet over a century later, this organization still doesn't have a permanent place to call home for both its staff and artists. In addition to giving this organization the space it needs to thrive, it establishes a creative hub as part of the revitalization of the historic Portland neighborhood.
The new Republic Bank Foundation YMCA is an important new building in West Louisville offering a wide variety of community services benefiting all aspects of health, wellness, and education. The building is strategically located in an underserved community along two main thoroughfares in Louisville, 18th Street and Broadway, to reach the community and reclaim an existing brownfield for productive use.
Camp Restoration is an actionable and tangible solution to help address homelessness specifically for veterans. The Veteran’s Club development proposes to form a tiny home community providing transitional housing for homeless vets as well as providing a central location for services to address root causes of their homelessness and prepare them for independent living in a safe, supportive community built around the shared experience of service to country.
Our renovated offices brought an early-century auto repair facility back to life as a corporate office for a full-service architecture, interior design, and engineering firm. The design of the new space follows the reimagining of what an architecture firm could be and how the design of the space could foster and encourage company culture and design creativity. The firm is organized around studio markets where designers from various technical and design disciplines work together in spaces geared toward multidisciplinary collaboration. The space facilitates how the individual team member works: fostering open collaboration, peaceful contemplation, and in-the-moment conversation.
The Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center (SOLC) is a community-based outdoor learning and recreation center consisting of approximately 18,000 SF of new building space, extensive site gardens and improvements, and approximately 35,000 GSF of exterior work yard. The big idea of this project is to provide an outdoor education center that is deliberately designed to positively address historic social and racial inequalities, both within the metropolitan park system and the West End of the City of Louisville.
This project is part of a collaborative effort to create and implement a dynamic and transformative plan for the Russell neighborhood with residents and stakeholders, which included designs for new bus stops that provide public artwork, shelter for transit riders, and improved neighborhood safety. SmART Stop #2 was designed with community input and was shaped to ensure the bench received maximum shade during the summer and maximum sun during the winter using data based on location and orientation. Local area artisans created the structure, making it a true community effort.
The Rabbit Hole Tasting Room and Event Space is an exciting proposed addition to the brand’s Henry County campus, currently the site of their cutting-edge steel rickhouses (another Luckett & Farley design).The siting of the event space allows for panoramic views surrounded by wood and glass encouraging discovery and authenticity of place. This wide view gives a relationship to the horizon line and lets the landscape become part of the building.
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