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Chicago Builds Third Annual Small Project Awards with Wood

Since the advent of Modernism and the sea change in building materials it brought, wood often has been demoted from a design staple seen across all types of buildings to a visual and textural digestif; a bit of rich, organic texture to wash down all the dour concrete, steel, and glass. But AIA Chicago’s latest Small Project Awards puts wood at the center of the show, in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The wood used here sets the tone for a lakeside retreat, creates space-defining commercial displays, and offers its light modularity to children, allowing for customizable and playful environments.

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Honor Award

Honor Award: Treehouse Chapel in Chicago, designed by architectureisfun inc. Jury comments: It’s fun, but you pick up that it’s a church. Photo by Doug Snower Photography.

Honor Award

Honor Award: Music Box Films in Chicago, designed by Shapiro Associates. Jury comments: The juxtaposition between modern and old—it’s exactly what [the movie] “Blade Runner” did. Image courtesy of Photo by Mark Ballogg, Ballogg Photography.

Honor Award

Honor Award: Art Studio in the Woods in Aurora, Ill., designed by David Genc, AIA. Jury comments: It’s very poetic in its simplicity. There’s such lightness to that structure in the wooded setting. It’s very elegantly detailed for such a small structure. Photos by Studio Thomas.

Honor Award

Honor Award: Planted Environment in Geneva, Ill., designed by SIDE architecture. Jury comments: The wall is brilliant. [It creates] space and [acts] as both screen and an object of art. Photos by Nathan Kirkman Photography.

Honor Award

Honor Award:  Lakeside Studio in Lakeside, Mich., designed by Tigerman McCurry Architects. Jury comments: Every little detail has been thought about. It’s a little jewel box. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Historic Wicker Park 2-Flat Conversion and Modern Addition in Chicago, designed by dSPACE. Jury comments: [This home] brings a modern and

industrial aesthetic to a historical setting. Photo by EvanThomas, StudioThomas.

Citiation of Merit

Citiation of Merit: Articulated Pods in Chicago, designed by Blender Architecture. Jury comments: Impressive attention to detail and function. Photos by Darris Harris, Darris Lee Harris Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Guest House in Lakeside, Mich., designed by SMNG-A. Jury comments: [The house] celebrates the corner that is missing. Photo by Christopher Barrett, Christopher Barrett Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Unit 4906 in Chicago, designed by SIDE architecture. Jury comments: This is all about minimalism and maximizing space. Given the budget, they did something very impressive. Photo by Candice Cusic Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: DuPage A.M.E. Chapel and Administrative Wing in Lisle, Ill., designed by Harding Partners. Jury comments: The composition of every elevation is beautiful, and the elevations turn corners.  It’s not just planar. There’s an elegance to every decision we can see. Photo by Christopher Barrett, Christopher Barrett Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Locomobile Lofts in Chicago, designed by SIDE architecture. Jury comments: There’s an animation of the public spaces that could otherwise have been a very banal experience. Photo by Renae Lillie, Beatrice Renae Lillie Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Seeley Residence in Chicago, designed by Wilkinson Design Corporation. Jury comments: I like the way the front elevation deconstructs a little bit. It’s a bungalow, but it’s not. Photos by Chris Nigro, StudioNigro.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: The Very Expensive Refrigerator in Chicago, designed by Kuklinski + Rappe Architects. Jury comments: There’s a lot there for the tight budget. Photo by Leslie Schwartz, Leslie Schwartz Photography.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Equilibrium in Chicago, designed by The Archi/Build Group. Jury comments: It’s very Dada-esque. Photo by Craig Cernek, The ArchiBuild Group.

Citation of Merit

Citation of Merit: Denim Wall in Chicago, designed by Wilkinson Design Corporation. Jury comments: It turns a counter and checkout desk into an organic object that makes the customer experience different from anywhere else. It’s fluid and dynamic. Photo by Michael Wilkinson, Wilkinson Design Corporation.

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