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2014 AIA Housing Awards for Architecture

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The AIA Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community established this awards program to emphasize the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource. The categories are (1) One- and Two-Family Custom Residences, (2) One- and Two-Family Production Homes, (3) Multifamily Housing, and (4) Specialized Housing. View all 2014 AIA Awards Recipients.

Category One: One- and Two-Family Custom Residences

Informal House

Informal House

  • Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.

The family of four pictured a sustainable indoor/outdoor lifestyle that took advantage of the sites features - an encircling 16' high hedge, a recently remodeled studio/garage (by another architect), mature shade trees, orchard and pool.

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Kicking Horse Residence

Kicking Horse Residence

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The clients desired a weekend gathering place for their active family of five that would allow for flexibility to accommodate larger groups of family and friends and provide a direct connection to the outdoors for seasonal recreation. The clients appreciated the intimate scale and warmth of traditional mountain lodges, but wished to explore the possibility of creating a Modernist cabin more rooted in their Scandinavian heritage that connected directly to the landscape.

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Park Passive

Park Passive

  • NK Architects

This home is an environmentally responsible solution, mastering density while offering its occupants a bright, private, livable residence. Passive House certification was achieved, enabling the homeowners to use 90% less energy to heat and cool the home. And the living space includes four bedrooms plus a play-area that overlooks the kitchen and living space and a loft space adjacent to the master that doubles as a workout/office space. 

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Sol Duc Cabin

Sol Duc Cabin

  • Olson Kundig Architects

Built for a client who fly-fishes for steelhead, the overall design responds to the owner’s desire for a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. The cabin’s rugged patina and raw materiality respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality provides a safe haven during occasional floods from the nearby river.

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Topo House

Topo House

  • Johnsen Schmaling Architects

After living for two decades in an old converted church in downtown Madison, the couple, both avid bikers, decided to relocate to the countryside to be closer to nature and have direct access to Wisconsin’s expansive network of bike trails. The house is built around a palette of sustainable and highly durable materials to make this a “house for life,” featuring an envelope that is designed to endure the continuous onslaught of the Midwest’s severe weather conditions and extreme temperature fluctuations.

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Category Three: Multifamily Housing

1221 Broadway

1221 Broadway

  • Lake|Flato Architects

Described by locals as “the biggest homeless shelter run by the homeless,” the complex had become a site of criminal activity, ranging from theft and vandalism to burglary and assault. Along with the complete makeover of an abandoned superstructure, a B-Cycle station, River Walk access, and a frequent taco truck further enhance this project as a vibrant urban living area.

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Cherokee Studios

Cherokee Studios

  • Brooks + Scarpa

Through rigorous dialogue with the client, a clear vision emerged that included an expanded facility for higher density and mixed-use, a regenerative approach to the landscape, and a desire to meet the Living Building Challenge. The planning and design of Cherokee Lofts emerged from close consideration and employment of passive design strategies. These strategies alone make this building more than 40% more efficient than California Title 24 and a conventionally designed similar structure. 

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Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments

Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments

  • Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

The project excels at providing safe, nurturing, healthy and affordable residences for Oakland seniors with incomes between 30% and 50% of area median. The integration of community room, supportive services, communal laundry, lobby and garden courtyard on the ground floor were designed to mitigate senior isolation and foster a sense of community among the residents. The colorful building design responds to its location at the edge of downtown Oakland’s eclectic and historic Chinatown.

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Category Four: Specialized Housing

28th Street Apartments

28th Street Apartments

  • Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.

The 28th St Apartments restores and adds to a distressed historic building (a former YMCA) in south Los Angeles. The project now houses two synergistic programs run by two nonprofits who co-purchased the building: The neighborhood youth training and employment program is housed in 8,000sf of the historic activity spaces and 49 units of supportive housing (serving youth exiting foster care, the mentally ill and the chronically homeless) occupies the remaining space.

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Sweetwater Spectrum Community

Sweetwater Spectrum Community

  • Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Sweetwater Spectrum Community was conceived in response to a growing demand for autism-specific supportive housing, which has reached crisis levels. Created as a model project to be replicated nationwide, it integrates autism specific design, universal design and sustainable design, and provides a permanent home for 16 adults with autism. Spaces were designed to reduce sensory stimulation (ambient sound, visual patterns, odors, etc.) and to create a simple, predictable domestic environment.

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