We are proud to announce that CannonDesign has been recognized with three American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum for the designs of the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center of Excellence, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and the Armenian American Museum design competition. The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards are a distinguished awards program in the design community that seeks to honor the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the US and abroad by leading American architects. The full list of 2016 awards recipients can be found online.

Armenian American Museum Design Competition

Armenian American Museum Design Competition

In response to a design competition held by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee, the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign offered a 30,000 sf museum that would serve as a repository of cultural memory, a symbol of national identity, a celebration of individual achievement and a commemoration of the sufferings of the people. The design contains these multiple intentions, while evoking the complex layers of Armenian identity. The design’s circular form is as enduring as the Armenian eternity symbol and as familiar as choereg (Armenian Easter bread). It expresses the wholeness and integrity of Armenian culture – language, religion, and heritage held intact through the genocide and diaspora – and yet it also represents, through its complex articulation, the diversity and richness of the Armenian experience. Learn more about the design.

The sculptural form of the west façade is inspired by the shape of neurons.

The sculptural form of the west façade is inspired by the shape of neurons.

Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center of Excellence

Recognizing the need to consolidate its neurological services into a single facility, the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center of Excellence combines the neuroscience resources of longtime partners Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Medicine, resulting in an integrated approach to comprehensive neurological patient care. The Center provides easier, faster access to the best neuroscience experts, the latest in clinical breakthroughs, and the most advanced treatment options for neurological disorders—from Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors to spine problems, seizures and stroke. The building acts as a translational hub, encouraging collaboration among researchers, educators and clinicians in ways meant to speed research findings and ensure patients have access to the latest medical breakthroughs. Interestingly, the building’s north facade is adorned with architectural fins bent to mimic brain waves and the west facade presents a sculptural form inspired by the shape of neurons. Learn more about the building.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Illinois

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is home to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois (CHOI), a “hospital within a hospital” providing the only comprehensive pediatric specialty and subspecialty CAN0290_N57_webview
services in central Illinois. The Project consists of a 440,000 sf addition to the medical center, a 35,000 sf renovation, site development, and infrastructure improvements. It creates a new front door to the campus; it’s highly visible from the adjacent expressway and its framed rectangles of color evoke children’s blocks, giving a nod to the Children’s hospital component of the project without overwhelming the presence of the main hospital. The addition consolidates CHOI inpatient services, including PICU (24,000 gsf), NICU (34,000 gsf), and general pediatrics, and also houses various adult services, such as relocated emergency and surgery departments, inpatient beds, ICU, vascular and catheterization labs, a main entrance and lobby, and other support and public functions.

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