Adobe Utah Campus | Rapt Studio
Selected by Robert Nieminen, Editor-At-Large
For all of the controversy that this project started as it graced our May cover, it was one of my favorites because as soon as it crossed our desks the entire editorial staff immediately knew we had to cover this project. El Mac's mural captivated our attention, as did the conference room wrapped in a Jackson Pollock painting, but I most loved how the project's architectural language blends the natural and digital worlds so seamlessly. It also steers design thinking in a new direction, in that the space does more than just elevate the Adobe brand—it serves as a source of inspiration and creativity that dares its occupants to break some rules.
Tom Bradley INTL.
Terminal at LAX | Sardi Design/Moment Factory
Selected by Erika Templeton,
The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX (featured in Sept.) presents integrated design on a grandiose scale. Such a confluence of architecture, engineering, interior design, experiential design, data, technology, art and light in an interactive environment
exemplifies everything I am excited about for the future.
The teams involved in the project had a crystal clear understanding of how to work together, and I believe this kind of highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team structure will quickly become business as usual—as evidenced by increasingly synergistic curricula
that bring together creative minds from all lines of study and reinforce the need for a universal
language of design. Clearly, when we do it right, the effort pays off!
NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center
| Rice+Lipka Architects
Selected by Adam Moore, Managing Editor
There's something about the Hamilton Grange Teen Center—just looking at the photos, even—that brings out the kid in you. From the bold blocks of color on the wall to the unique bamboo bleacher against the south wall to the see-through media vitrine, it's a fun space that inspires interaction and socialization, and transforms the stale notion of the quiet and stuffy library on its head. Where were these kinds of places when I was younger?
| Chute Gerdeman
Selected by AnnMarie Martin,
This project is a case study on how to think outside the box. By carrying the "dream" theme throughout—from the Dream Den with its 65-inch touchscreen to the Dream Vault where guests can "deposit" their written aspirations—design firm Chute Gerdeman truly got to the heart of what American Family Insurance does: securing happy homes and futures.