October 15, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Frank Harmon Architect PA, an award-winning architecture firm in Raleigh, NC, has received one of only two Honor Awards presented this year by the American Institute of Architect’s South Atlantic Region (SAR) for its design of the JC Raulston Arboretum Lath House at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
The pro bono project, completed in October of 2010, is an open-air lath structure that replaced a previous dilapidated shade house adjacent to the arboretum’s Japanese garden. The 6800-square-foot lath house functions as a laboratory for experimental horticultural techniques and methods.
“It also shelters infant plants as they transition into the larger gardens on the arboretum grounds, so the design may be compared to an abstract tree that is spreading its branches to protect the tender plants,” said the firm’s principal and founder, Frank Harmon, FAIA.
Through its screen of carefully spaced pine lath supported on steel columns, the structure fulfills the specific light-to-shade ratio needed for the plants in the spring. The Lath House also provides an accessible community garden for the City of Raleigh and an educational asset to the State of North Carolina.
This is the third design award for Harmon’s Lath House project. In 2011 it received both an Honor Award from the AIA’s North Carolina chapter and a Merit Award from the Triangle section of AIA North Carolina.
The SAR jury noted that this year’s award-winning projects “evidence the depth and scope of AIA members’ design experience in a celebration of physical form and were carefully chosen to represent much of the finest work produced by AIA NC architects in 2012.”
The award submissions were juried in August in Seattle, Washington. The jury was comprised of architects from the Seattle area: David Miller, FAIA, Chair; Scott Wolf, FAIA; Kirsten Murray, AIA; Susan Jones, FAIA; and Rick Zieve, FAIA.
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a 10-acre arboretum and botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University and located at 4415 Beryl Road in Raleigh. It is open to the public daily without charge. For more images and information on the Lath House, visit the Arborteum’s website and the project page on Harmon’s website.