Now in its ninth year, the Marvin Architects Challenge recognizes architects for projects that exhibit superior design in the categories of Contemporary, Best Transitional, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition and Best Commercial, along with one Best in Show winner. With projects ranging from a seacoast vacation home to a historic town hall and even a 380-square-foot tiny guesthouse, these structures represent some of the most popular trends in the industry and challenges that are at the forefront of architects’ minds.
Winner: Best in Commercial
The McClellan Ranch Preserve is located on a ranch dating back to the 1870s that has become a park hosting the City of Cupertino’s environmental education programs. Students gather at the new Environmental Education Center before heading out to the 18 acre park to observe, gather data, and perform experiments.
The new Education Center houses classrooms, exhibits, a library and offices designed to work in concert with the sites historic buildings to shape an outdoor activity for large groups. The building connects directly with the farm setting and careful attention was paid to the unique location and presence of birds living on the preserve. Marvin partnered with Siegel & Strain Architects to specify patterned bird-safe glass for the windows to prevent collision.
Henry Siegel was recognized as the winner of “Best Commercial” project in Marvin Architects Challenge 2017. The jury praised Siegel and the design team for the careful thought that went into designing the Education Center so that it fit seamlessly not only into its environment, but complemented the historic buildings already there. The design choices, evident in material selection, colors, and form skillfully connect the new Environmental Education Center to the site. “The expression of the wood rafter tails and patio cover construction is incorporated at the interior by the use of complementary wood windows and doors making this building a clear winner.”