Five provocative and innovative architecture and urban design projects have been chosen as winners of the Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York’s 2011 MASterworks Awards.
Tying for the top honor, Best New Building, are the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE (above) and Foster + Partners’ with Adamson Associates for Sperone Westwater Gallery (below)at 257 Bowery.
Other winners include Queens Theater in the Park for the honor of Best Restoration; Myrtle Hall at Pratt for Best Neighborhood Catalyst, with an honorable mention to the Whitlock Avenue Subway Station; and the High Performance Landscape Guidelines for Best Green Design Initiative.
Organized annually by the MAS, the MASterworks Awards recognize projects from the preceding year that exemplify excellence in architecture and urban design, and make a significant contribution to New York’s built environment.
An impressive pool of nominees made for a challenging evaluation process for this year’s jury which included Rafael Pelli, principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Deborah Berke, principal, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Marc Kushner, principal, HWKN and founder of the website Architizer.com; and Charles Bendit, co-chief executive officer, Taconic Investment Partners.
“From a park in Queens to a fine arts gallery on the Bowery, this year’s winners have taken design to new and visionary heights,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. “These projects elevate our urban landscape and bring visual excitement and interest to neighborhoods across the city. The Municipal Art Society continues to be impressed by the architectural innovation to be found in every borough.”
Municipal Art Society Chairman David Childs added, “The 2011 MASterworks winners have each contributed to making New York a more livable and sustainable city. We congratulate all of the winners, and architects and designers throughout New York who, every day, demonstrate community pride and commitment to excellence.”