2011 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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Tassafaronga Village | Notes of Interest

This complex development is a new, green neighborhood that brings a diversity of affordable housing to an underserved area and repairs the deteriorated neighborhood fabric.

The 7.5-acre brownfield infill site—previously home to decrepit public housing, an abandoned factory, and unused train tracks—was an unhealthy living environment and proved to be inviting to criminal activity.

The new village knits seamlessly into the surrounding urban area, bridging an industrial-residential divide and connecting the city via new amenities and repaired connections. New, landscaped, walking paths and traffic-calmed public and private roadways create connections to the once-isolated library, elementary schools, and city park. Many of the original tenants have been welcomed back, and 533 people call the village home.

A diversity of building types thoughtfully arranged throughout the ungated site give the village an organic feeling, and a mix of housing types ensure a diverse and vigorous residential community.

The village is anchored by an apartment building with a living roof over the development’s community room and services. The site’s abandoned factory was renovated into supportive apartments and a medical clinic. Throughout the site, groupings of family townhouses keep eyes on the streets and add to the village feel.

Addtional Credits

  • Contractor: Cahill Contractors
  • Development Consultant: Equity Community Builders
  • Engineer, Civil: Sandis
  • Engineer, Electrical: FW Associates
  • Engineer, Mechanical/Plumbing: Guttmann + Blaevoet; SJ Engineers
  • Engineer, Structural: OLMM Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: PGA Design
  • Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
  • Photo Credit: © Brian Rose

Tassafaronga Village

Jury Comments

This project works on every level, creating a haven for its occupants without forgetting to engage its communities.

The team preserved embodied energy by artfully repurposing an existing building.

Variety and articulation of different building and unit types are expressed both on the exterior facing the street, as well as the interiors facing the public gathering areas.

It admirably achieves every one of the goals the team set out to meet.

2011 AIA Housing Awards Jury

  • Katherine Austin, AIA, Chair
  • Katherine Austin Architect
  • Sebastopol, Calif.
  • Claire Conroy
  • Residential Architecture Magazine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Jackson, FAIA
  • Historical Preservation Agency
  • State of Illinois
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Luis Jauregui, AIA
  • Jaurequi, Inc.
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA
  • Florida International University Miami
  • Coconut Grove, Fla.

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