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UNC Coastal Studies Institute Research Building Wins International Architecture Award
Architects Clark Nexsen and Associate Architects Cahoon & Kasten honored for best new global design of the facility in Eastern North Carolina
By: Clark Nexsen
This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects from around the globe. The awards jury selected projects from 28 nations “that reflect the changing state of global architecture and reveal emerging new design directions by today’s most visionary practitioners.”
“We are thrilled that UNC CSI’s Research Building has received this international design award,” said UNC Coastal Studies executive director Nancy White. “It brings attention to how good design can integrate beauty innovation and functionality to create a facility that serves as an important resource for Eastern North Carolina.”
The design of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Research Building is elevated, allowing the natural landscape to continue beneath the building while providing panoramic views of the wetlands and the Croatan Sound. The ground floor is primarily open to the outside to create large, covered outdoor educational spaces, with lab spaces, classrooms, and offices located on the upper floors. The use of natural light is predominant throughout the building.
“We based the design of the research building on the interwoven relationship between architecture and landscape,” said Clark Nexsen architect, Don Kranbuehl. “We wanted to anchor the building to the site while respecting the existing landscape of fragile wetlands and waterways.”
The facility has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (http://www.usgbc.org/
In November 2014, The Chicago Athenaeum (http://www.chi-
A Catalogue for 2014 International Architecture Awards (https://chi-
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