Today, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & Spring Street Salt Shed as a winner of the 2018 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture! Honor Awards recognize the highest level of design excellence in our industry – this year, over 500 entries were submitted from across the globe. Jury members evaluated how well each building successfully met their individual project requirements, and how the design demonstrated architecture achievement, creation of place and purpose, and advanced sustainable features.
Dattner Architects collaborated with WXY architecture + urban design to create an impressive state-of-the-art garage and iconic sculpture salt shed—two vital resources for the neighborhood’s daily functions. The 425,000 square foot garage’s double skin façade is not only visually unique with perforated metal fins that adjust based on sunlight, but it also reduces solar loads, resulting in lower utility costs and environmental impact. The Salt Shed, smaller in size, but grand in character and articulation, sits adjacent to the garage on the south side of the street. Inspired by the salt itself, the faceted concrete planes create a crystallized form and is tapered towards the bottom, creating a more pedestrian friendly street. This project not only embodies the team’s commitment to designing sustainably innovative buildings, but also creating facilities that benefit the community for years to come.
As a firm committed to responsible civic architecture that benefits the surrounding neighborhood, we are proud to see the Garage and Salt Shed recognized nationally as a groundbreaking and iconic infrastructure building.
Our project will be showcased in the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City. For additional information on the event, please see the conference page here.