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AIA 2018 Finalists

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PROJECT: Flyrite
FIRM: Marlon Blackwell Architects
CONTRACTOR: Franklin Alan
LOCATION: Austin, Texas

Flyrite is a new, locally rooted fast-food restaurant in Austin, Texas, with a focus on using no artificial ingredients in their signature sandwiches and dishes. The recently completed Burnet location is the first of a prototypical drive-thru and dine-in building. Simple materials are employed with elegant details to give the building a crafted and refined feel that reinforces the brand’s aesthetic.

OWNER/CLIENT: Flyrite Chicken
PHOTOGRAPHER: Paul Bardagjy


PROJECT: Skylight Cinema
FIRM: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
CONTRACTOR: Flintco
LOCATION: Bentonville

Skylight Cinema is an innovative entertainment experience just south of the downtown Bentonville Square. Utilizing architectural cast-in-place concrete and copper rainscreen panels as the primary building elements, the building reflects the crisp, high level of service and technology experienced inside the theater.

OWNER/CLIENT: Ropeswing Hospitality Group
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ken West


PROJECT: The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America
FIRM: Jonathan Boelkins Architect
CONTRACTOR: Stronghold Woodworks
LOCATION: Embassy of Finland – Washington, D.C.

The Iconic and The Everyday exhibition proposes an explicit condensed assertion of the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish design, industry and identity in the United States.

OWNER/CLIENT: Suomi Finland 100
PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron Kimberlin


PROJECT: University of Arkansas Community Design Center Studio
FIRM: University of Arkansas Community Design Center
CONTRACTOR: Flintco
LOCATION: Fayetteville

The 3,100-SF tenant renovation for a design studio repurposes space in an atrium building. Renovations removed a warren of offices that covered large-scale windows, introducing two sculptural walls that animate the main studio in a saddlebag plan. The masonry building is complemented by an economy of lightweight interventions that promote visual porosity and a horizontally-organized work environment.

OWNER/CLIENT: University of Arkansas
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Timothy Hursley, University of Arkansas Community Design Center


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