The Tampa Museum of Art has been admired for its striking Stanley Saitowitz design since opening in 2010 but now it can claim official bragging rights. It is one of 45 winners of the prestigious American Architecture Award given annually by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Saitowitz and the museum join impressive ranks with other buildings and projects spanning the globe and ranging from a Manhattan townhouse for jewelry designer David Yurman to Coffee Plaza in Hamburg by Richard Meier and towers in Dubai and Seoul.
The museum is on the edge of Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa with a sweeping view of the Hillsborough River. The San Francisco architect incorporated a sheath made from metal perforated with about 900,000 circles into his sleek design.
For a complete list of winners, go to chi-athenaeum.org.