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Two Olson Kundig Projects Receive Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards


On December 14, The Architect’s Newspaper revealed the winners of the 2022 Best of Design Awards, recognizing two Olson Kundig projects in the Exhibition category. The Bob Dylan Center was named Editor’s Pick, while ANOHA—The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin received an Honorable Mention; both of these projects were led by principal/owner Alan Maskin. The annual Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design program showcases great buildings, unbuilt proposals, interiors and installations.

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the new Bob Dylan Center traces the creative trajectory of this prolific artist across his 60-year career. Located in the Tulsa Arts District, the Center hosts permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists, and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, his influences and the offshoots inspired by his legacy. The Center also serves as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, films, videos, artwork, memorabilia and original studio recordings.

Constructed as a modern structure within an historic one, ANOHA—The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin is located within an existing former flower market hall directly opposite the existing Jewish Museum Berlin. Building on the pioneering vision of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, more than 150 sculptural animals created from found objects utilize imagination and play to encourage children to care for one another and act as stewards to the environment. Sustainable design strategies rarely seen in museum buildings, including natural ventilation and passive daylighting, are embedded in the design as an integral part of the visitor experience.

We are deeply grateful to the editors and jurors who recognized our work, as well as the valued clients and project partners we had the opportunity to work with on each project! Visit The Architect’s Newspaper to learn more about the Best of Design Awards and explore other winning projects.

Bob Dylan Center—Editor’s Picks

ANOHA—Honorable Mention

Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Exhibit Design Lead & Design Architect: Olson Kundig
Design Principal: Alan Maskin
Principal (Architecture): Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Manager (Exhibits): Marlene Chen, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architect (Architecture): Holly Simon
Exhibit Design Staff: Ryan Botts, Brian Havener, Karen Duan and Aiym Zhumasheva
Installation, Interactive and AV Design: 59 Productions
Filmmaker: Jennifer LeBeau
Historian & Author: Sean Wilentz
Author: Lewis Hyde
Content and Copywriting: Ellipse Studio
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Exhibits Structural Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Audio Guide: Art Processors
Graphic Production: Brown Bag Creative
Exhibit Fabricator: CREO Exhibits
Audio/Visual Integration: BBI Engineers
Gate Fabricator: Black Buffalo Ironworks
Architect of Record: Lilly Architects
General Contractor: Crossland
Structural Engineer: Wallace Design Collective
MEP and Fire Protection Engineer: Phillips + Gomez
Façade Mural Artist: Erik Burke

ANOHA—The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Design Principal: Alan Maskin
Project Manager: Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architect: Martina Bendel
Architectural Staff: Jerome Tryon and Ryan Botts
Design Competition Team: Alan Maskin, Jerome Tryon, Juan Ferreira, Stephen Yamada-Heidner, Katie Miller, Laura Bartunek and Martina Bendel
Local Site Manager: Labs von Helmolt
Local Architect: Architekturbüro Engelbrecht
Local Exhibit Designer: IGLHAUT + von GROTE
Owner’s Representative: IBPM GmbH – Projektsteuerung
Structural Engineer: EiSat GmbH
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Rentschler und Riedesser GmbH
Electrical Engineer: Ingenieurbüro für Elektrotechnik (IfE) Grothe GmbH
Lighting Design: Blieske Architects Lighting Designers
Natural Ventilation Concept / Climate Engineer: Transsolar KlimaEngineering
Animal Construction: Kubix GmbH
Artists: Arie van Riet (artistic x-ray images of various animals in the security area); Dieter Braun (large illustrations throughout the museum); Andrea Übelacker (“world puzzle” art project, produced in collaboration with elementary school children grades 1-3); Gunilla Jähnichen and Tine Steen (collaborative Noah’s Ark film project in the foyer); Wolfram Spyra (sound artist for installations in the foyer and Rain Room, sound artist and developer of the sound islands in the Flood Room); Martin Böttger (water animation in the Flood Room); Anne Metzen, Agnes Kelm, Andreas Edelblut, Annika Statkowski, Armin Benz, Beate Kelm, Conny Helm, Falk Starke, Franz Rodvalt, Gisbert Barmann, Gunnar Zimmer, Heiko Helm, Jan Schroeder, Jens Prockat, Jochen Müller, Jörg Hilbert, Maria Bahra, Matthias Garff, Myriel Kohrs, Nina Schrader and Thomas Raditschnig (animals)