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December 7, 2011
Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World® Resort Wins Architecture Award

Best Friends Pet Care center at Walt Disney World® Resort, which opened in September 2010, has been honored with a special award for outstanding architectural design by the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The “Googie Architecture Design Award” was presented to Mateu Architecture, Inc., designer of the Best Friends facility, at the 2011 AIA Miami Design Awards gala in November.

Googie architecture is known for its bold angles, colorful signs, plate glass and sweeping cantilevered roofs. It was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and often featured pop-culture imagery to capture the attention of drivers on adjacent streets. The architectural style, which was often seen in coffee shops and bowling alleys fell out of favor after the 1960s, but has seen resurgence in the past few years because of its effective merger of form with function.

“We are told that the jury was very impressed by the work, and felt that the design … deserved to stand alone in its own category of award,” said Roney Mateu, principal of Mateu Architecture. “We are elated at receiving this one of a kind award, the first one ever in Miami, and in Florida.”

For more about Googie architecture see www.spaceagecity.com/googie and for more about the 2011 Award winners, see: www.aiamiami.com/miami/news_release_detail.php?id=31