We already knew Rush’s Tower is a great building, but we still were a little awed by the company it’s now in: A group of eight stunning buildings that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected as the 2014 recipients of the annual AIA National Healthcare Design Awards.
These buildings represent “the best in healthcare design,” according to the AIA, which announced the awards at the end of July. “These projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.” (Founded in 1857, the AIA is a Washington, D.C.-based professional association for architects and their partners.)
Even the swanky design magazine Architectural Digest was impressed. It featured the Tower and the other award winners in this awesome slideshow on its “Daily AD” blog.
The buildings “push the boundaries of design to create uplifting spaces that are sensitive to the needs of patients and their families. It’s no easy feat,” blogger Asad Syrkett proclaimed.
Of course, these honors are nothing new. Last year, the Tower received the top award in the health category at the 2013 World Architecture Festival. It also was included as a finalist in two other prestigious international architecture competitions – the World Architecture News Award and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Best Tall Buildings Award. In 2012, the Tower was one of only 10 health care projects in the world listed in global consultancy KPMG’s showcase of the 100 most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects from around the world.
We’re glad to see the Tower get so much attention. We’re also thrilled it’s ranked among such great buildings. Give them a look.