May 3, 2013
The Guangzhou Multi-Use Stadium design was recognized for its thoughtful synthesis of the regional landscape, local environment and rich Chinese culture while Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion was noted for creating an oasis for children at the AIA Richmond awards program held recently in Richmond, Va.

Guangzhou Multi-Use Stadium in Guangzhou, China received a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture and Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion in Richmond, Va. received an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture.

Guangzhou Multi-use Stadium sets the tone for creating an entertainment destination that enhances the fan experience and attracts teams from around the world. Drawing inspiration from the nearby Pearl River Delta, the high-reaching peaks of the regional mountain ranges and traditional farming techniques, the stadium’s lower seating bowl is strategically benched into a natural hillside, setting the foundation for a series of shaped terraced zones including stadium support, pedestrian paths to access the stadium concourse level and sustainable storm water bio-retention zones leading to a large reflecting pool. The delicate yet powerful sweeping forms of a Chinese dragon inform the shape and rhythm of structural elements providing both shell support and threshold access to the upper seating bowl. The highly crafted premium spaces represent the pearl within the sweeping shell form that provides cover and protection to the east portion of the stadium. The large bent truss in its tapered form emulates the distant mountains and completes a composition that makes an elegant mark on the Chinese landscape.

Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion consolidates existing pediatric clinics, currently located throughout the campus and the region, into a single, compact vertical urban pavilion. Drawing inspiration from the James River with its wooded surroundings and islands, themes of sky, water and forest all inform the design, both literally and symbolically. A faceted façade and terraced entry plaza utilizes stepped planters with native vegetation, brick and stone paving and cast concrete benches, all combining to symbolize the river’s edge. Elevated parking levels are clad in perforated pre-patinaed zinc panels whose patterns result in a play of light and shadow evocative of being enshrouded by a grove of trees. The open-air, healing sky garden brings nature to the heart of the urban campus and offers a calming, restorative effect for patients, families and staff. Planters, seating, interactive art and framed city views offer positive distractions and places to play and relax, to reduce anxiety and stress.

Each year, AIA Richmond's design awards program accomplishes these simple, yet invaluable, goals: celebrate the best of the Richmond area’s newest architecture, recognize achievement in a broad range of architectural work by licensed architects as well as interns, recognize the special contributions to the built environment by individuals outside of the profession and inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

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