Photo credit: Hufton and Crow, Ennead Architects 

Now celebrating the 25th year, the American Architecture Awards are the nation’s highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design in the United States. Shawmut’s Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square project received this award in part due to its performative elements and overall design focus to improve building energy performance.

The award write-up includes details on the layout, specifics on performative elements including the perforated canopy, and the overall design focus to reduce sunlight and heat gain to improve building energy performance.  

Excerpt from American Architecture Award Project Profile

Located in a bustling shopping square in Scottsdale, Arizona, this transparent, human-scaled massing of retail space provides a welcoming contrast to the surrounding two-story volumes.

The form of the building reduces the overall massing along North Scottsdale Road while also introducing a unique threshold experience into the mall. The main design features of the store include a split-level store layout, a terraced public plaza, and a heroic cantilevered shade trellis.

Unifying the building massing and providing for a unique architectural feature, the performative perforated horizontal trellis extends from the store’s interior to cover the exterior walk and southern public plaza.

Read the full American Architecture Award profile for Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square.