CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – James Hardie Building Products, the leader in fiber cement siding, announced today the winners of the second annual HardieDesign Contest. Architectural firms, project developers and owners were eligible to enter commercial and multifamily projects that demonstrated functional and aesthetic integrity of James Hardie® fiber cement siding products. Two projects were selected – one for traditional design and the other for modern – as this year's leading entries:
Winner in the Traditional Category: Cordogan Clark & Associates
Cordogan Clark & Associates won for the traditional design of the Sugar Grove Library. The library is located in a Chicago suburban community deeply rooted in its agrarian heritage. To create a building to blend in with the area architecture, the firm opted to use HardiePlank® lap siding, HardiePanel® vertical siding, HardieTrim® boards and HardieSoffit® panels. Fiber cement products give the appearance of wood, while providing more durability, which is ideal for a publically funded commercial space.
Winner in the Modern Category: PSL Architects
PSL Architects, out Los Angeles, Calif., won for the modern look and feel of its senior living apartment complex, The Metro Hollywood. The design was inspired by the streetscape of Hollywood Boulevard. The apartment building features Hardie® Reveal® panel system. Selected for function and beauty, the varying colors and texture of the panel system creates a visually impactful design for occupants and passersby.
Judges for the 2014 HardieDesign Contest included representatives from last year's winning firms – Erik Earnshaw, principal at BGO Architects; and Doug Heller, partner at Mullen Heller Architecture. Brad King, business manager for multifamily/commercial at James Hardie, was the third judge.
"We're excited to announce the winners of this year's HardieDesign contest. We had another strong year of submittals from the architect and builder community, but two stood out for their architectural inspiration and portfolio utilization," said King. "The winning projects demonstrate how architects can create both traditional and modern designs using James Hardie products."
Winners receive a free video shoot to profile their project and firm to be used for marketing purposes. Photos and video of the projects can be viewed at: http://www.jameshardiecommercial.com/hardie-design-contest-winners.shtml