Three el dorado projects were honored Friday night at AIA Kansas City Design Awards. The Botwin Building, a mixed use development on the site of the old Waldo Theater, took home an Honor Award, one of three projects given top billing. With a furry roof, bamboo streetscape, and an art installation by Anne Lindberg that shades by day and glows by night, the Botwin Building has been a welcome addition for small businesses and Waldo residents, with activity spilling out of the building and onto the surrounding sidewalks at all hours of the day. (more...)
Kansas City's Armour Boulevard was designed by the famous landscape architect George Kessler around the turn of the century. The street is a product of the City Beautiful movement, with standard 100 foot right of way, tall deciduous trees, and a number of historic buildings, both single family residences and multi-story dwellings. We just completed a historic renovation of one of those dwellings. Park Central Apartments, an 8-story former apartment hotel at 300 East Armour Boulevard, is one of several stately 1920s apartment buildings along this stretch of Armour that had fallen into disrepair over the last few decades. (more...)
The planted roof at the Botwin Building has really kicked in. We used an extensive garden roof system from Hydrotech, and planted Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium Scoparium). We really like the interplay between the shaggy rust-colored grass and Anne Lindberg's line-based artwork, which is integral to the second-floor storefront system.
Last week the Botwin Building was a big winner at the AIA Kansas City Design Awards, taking home one of three honor awards, the highest distinction given by the jury. Stay tuned for the other eldo award winners.