Open-air centers sound like the perfect antidote to sterile, enclosed malls. As long as the weather cooperates, that is. In an extremely close vote, General Growth' Shops at La Cantera won this year's Grand SADI award, thanks in part to its responsiveness to the environment. For consumers' comfort, Alamo Architects mitigated Texas heat by covering walkways with wooden canopies. And for their conscience, the designers minimized the number of evaporative water features, except for a stunning stream-lined central artery. They preserved indigenous trees and planted drought-tolerant specimens. Jurors were also taken by other gestures, such as the project's bold, up-lighted columns.
The Shops at La Cantera
General Growth Properties
J. Robert Anderson
Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates
Goetting & Associates
Pape Dawson Engineers
Kaplan Partners Architectural Lighting