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Machado Silvetti’s Center for Asian Art wins 2016 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence

Machado and Silvetti Associates with Sweet Sparkman Architects have received the Boston Society of Architect’s or BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence for The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Boston Valley Terra Cotta worked with Machado Silvetti to create the dynamic terra cotta façade (see more photos in our Projects section).

The BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence consider projects from Massachusetts-based architects, as well as projects located in Massachusetts from out of state firms.

Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Ringling Museum, BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence, Sarasota, Florida, Machado Silvetti

Photography © Anton Grassl / ESTO

The  awards jury sung high praise to the unique terra cotta clad edition to the campus.

“Sublimely articulated, it is as much a sculptural object as it is a remarkable building that is highly responsive to its environment. The addition could have been a glass box reflecting nearby palm trees, but instead, the beautifully crafted pavilion skin is an extraordinary overlay of terra cotta panels.”

“There is texture to the exterior green, which mimics the tropical context.”

Read the full list of Jury comments on the BSA Design Awards website.

Click here to see our past blog posts about the Ringling to see the process of the development of the jade green terra cotta tiles in the Boston Valley factory.