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2014 AIA Small Project Awards

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The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the eighth annual Small Project Awards Program to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope. Read the letter from the Chair.

View all 2014 AIA Awards Recipients.

Category One: Up to $150,000 in construction costs

Fashion[ING] Objects

Fashion[ING] Objects

  • Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC

FASHION[ING] OBJECTS is an instrument for space, light, and threshold that creates maximal impact with minimal means by arranging and reconfiguring everyday objects in an unexpected and extraordinary way.

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Head in the Clouds Pavilion

Head in the Clouds Pavilion

  • StudioKCA

The Head in the Clouds Pavilion on New York City’s Governors Island comes out of the desire to create a ‘place to dream in the city of dreams’. Made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles—the amount, thrown away in New York City in 1 hour—it is a space where visitors can enter into and contemplate the light and color filtering through the ‘cloud’ from the inside, out.

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Pure Tension Pavilion

Pure Tension Pavilion

  • Synthesis Design + Architecture

The Pure Tension Pavilion is an experimental structure that, similar to a concept car, is a working prototype that speculates on the future of personal mobility and alternative energy sources while also exploring digital design methodologies and innovative structural solutions.

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Starlight

Starlight

  • Cooper Joseph Studio

This site-specific light sculpture marks a new era for the museum, igniting the majestic circular stair at the heart of its historic interior. Conceived as a perfect circle in elevation, the sculpture is in dialogue with the stair so that old and new are joined in one experience.

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Category Two: Up to $1,500,000 in construction cost

Ground, Yale University

Ground, Yale University

  • Bentel and Bentel Architects

The new 'Ground' cafe, at Yale's Marcel Breuer-designed Becton School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ('SEAS'), serves not only to create social cohesion among faculty and students of the engineering school, but also to encourage interaction between and among members of other departments in the University.

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Redaction House

Redaction House

  • Johnsen Schmaling Architects

A compact home for a fiber artist and her young family, the Redaction House sits on a narrow lot on a small suburban lake, surrounded by prosaic spec homes crowding the shoreline. The building, a simple wood cube on a stepped brick podium carved into the sloping site, is deliberately introvert, functioning as an optic filter that frames the limited lake vista while strategically editing out views of the built-up context.

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Small House in an Olive Grove

Small House in an Olive Grove

  • Cooper Joseph Studio

A “diamond in the rough,” this precisely detailed modern structure sits in a rustic hillside. The act of at once embracing the hillside and relating inside and outside at every level is an ambitious concept for such a small structure, yet the one least intrusive to the natural topography.

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Topo House

Topo House

  • Johnsen Schmaling Architects

The Topo House occupies a site embedded in the softly rolling hills of Wisconsin’s "Driftless Region." 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: Under 5,000 square feet

Fall House

Fall House

  • Fougeron Architecture

This three-bedroom vacation home, on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, is anchored in the natural beauty and power of this California landscape. The interior is a shelter, a refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff. The complex structural system applies and defies natural forms to accommodate the siting.

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Flip House

Flip House

  • Fougeron Architecture

The Challenge: Reconnect an erratic San Francisco home to its striking landscape, light, and views and transform its confusing program with a new modernist aesthetic. The Design: A complete flip of the home’s façade and interior spaces that reinvents its typology and captures all advantages of its natural and urban site.

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