CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

A'maree's was awarded the 2011 Preservation Design Award for Historic Preservation by the California Preservation Foundation.

Adaptive reuse of 1960s harbor-side restaurant transformed a neglected regional architectural classic into a vibrant space for upscale shopping. The building was returned to its pristine origins, combining today’s clean and contemporary aesthetic with the site’s modernist past. 

 

QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART COMPETITION  

In 2004, the NYC Cultural Affairs Department and the National Endowment of the Arts conducted a high-profile international architectural competition to redesign the Queens Museum of Art. Over 200 entries were submitted and judged anonymously by a jury of prominent designers and museum/arts professionals. PDA’s precursor firm Salazar Davis Architects was chosen as one of 5 finalists, and offered a $25,000 stipend as compensation for furthering its design work.

The SDA entry was admired for the bold, elegant quality of its gestures, balanced with deference to the original 1939 World’s Fair structure that to this day houses the museum (the competition-winning Eric Owen Moss entry antagonized preservationist neighbors and was never realized).

 

THE NOVEL PROJECT  

Organized by the arts collective Flux Factory, The Novel Project was conceived of as a 30-day experiment in creative isolation for three selected writers. Salazar Davis Architects was invited to participate in this project and was paired with the writer and critic Laurie Stone. SDA and two other artist/architect teams designed and built shelters in a Queens industrial gallery space, where the writers would craft novels in the course of their month in residence.

The Novel Project was somewhat of a cause celebre at the time of its debut. It saw front page coverage in the New York Post, a feature story and editorials in The New York Times, and a write-up in The New Yorker magazine's "Talk of the Town" feature.

 

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