Crosstown Concourse Wins AIA 2019 Architecture Award

Crosstown Concourse Wins AIA 2019 Architecture Award

Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), in association with DIALOG, has just won the AIA 2019 Award for Architecture for the Crosstown Concourse adaptive reuse project in Memphis, TN. Crosstown Concourse was one of only nine architectural projects selected by the jury to receive this prestigious award, which celebrates the best in contemporary international architecture. Canadian firms rarely take home the AIA Architecture award, so this recognition is a significant accomplishment for DIALOG.

Other winners in this category included diverse projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC; the TIRPITZ Museum in Blåvand, Denmark; and Confluence Park in San Antonio, Texas.

Crosstown Concourse is the story of reuse, rebirth and reinvigoration. It’s about building up, using the framework of an imposing one-and-a-half million square foot building that had stood empty for nearly three decades, rather than tearing down.

A group of Memphis community activists, planners and developers teamed with architects Looney Ricks Kiss and DIALOG to transform this space into something meaningful that would revitalize the building as well as the community.

The end result was a major reimagination of the space. Not only did walls move, entire floor plates were drastically changed to bring new life, light and vibrancy to the 10-storey building. Crosstown Concourse opened in 2017, and is now home to a high school; a YMCA fitness center; a theater; a free art gallery; a radio station; and the nation’s largest private dental clinic. There are also nearly 300 apartment units in the building for participants in arts, education, and medical residency programs.

Crosstown Concourse successfully demonstrates the potential of regenerative design through the building and its immediate site, as well as for the broader communities of Memphis.

Want to learn more about this amazing project and view additional photos? Read the whole Crosstown Concourse story.

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