At the 40th annual Central PA AIA Awards Program, held in Harrisburg on Monday night Nov. 2, 2015, Lebanon’s own Nest Architecture received a coveted Honor Award for the design of the Outerknown corporate offices, in Culver City, California.
The annual gathering of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was held at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Downtown Harrisburg. In all, 36 projects were submitted for consideration by the top architectural firms in the region. This year’s 2015 Design Awards Jury, comprised of architects from AIA Memphis, selected two projects for the honor award, the AIA’s highest award category.
Nest Architecture’s winning project involved conversion of an industrial building on a busy street into a cutting-edge design studio and corporate headquarters for surfing legend, Kelly Slater’s, new clothing brand, “Outerknown.” The company is dedicated to producing “great looking menswear in a sustainable way.”
“As architects, the most sustainable thing we can do is repurpose existing buildings for a new use, thus keeping thousands of tons of refuse out of the landfill,” says president Kip Kelly, AIA. “This was an ugly building on a busy street that no one wanted. We embraced the clumsy massing of the original structure and carved openings around the facade to infuse the interiors with natural daylight and choreograph views into the urban fabric.”
The jury described the project as: “A very personal, fun and exquisitely detailed work of adaptation… A unique repurposing of an old garage in an industrial area of the city creates a very exciting office space… The architect clearly maximized the limited opportunities available on the project; the development of the site in response to the neighborhood is artful and adds sophistication to the entire project both inside and out.”
The architect noted: “This was one of the first projects we documented on Instagram. We established an Instagram account to showcase our work and educate young architects and students about design and real-world architectural issues.” The firm’s Instagram feed is @KipKellyAIA.
This is the second Honor Award in a row for Nest Architecture. In 2014, the firm won the award for the design of the Corporate Offices for Renewable Resources Group in Los Angeles. Nest was recently listed by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the top ten fastest growing companies in Lebanon County.