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AIA 2010 Housing Awards / One- and Two-Family Award Winners

AIA 2010 Housing Awards / One- and Two-Family Award Winners

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Ethan Kaplan Photography

    The Diamond Project by Terry & Terry Architecture scales its uphill lot with grace and skill. Interiors and exteriors are unified through the use of simple materials—concrete, glass, natural wood—and clean, fuss-free detailing, creating a serene retreat from city life. Sloping roof planes echo the lot's rise.

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    Ethan Kaplan Photography

    A concrete wall forms each sidewall of the house and extends beyond the interior footprint to enclose a private garden, which is visually and physically accessible through the walls of sliding glass doors in the adjacent kitchen/living room and bedroom.

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    Doug Edmunds Studio

    A radical renovation, the Ferrous House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects reinvents an obsolete suburban production home with a resource-conscious replacement designed for contemporary lifestyles. The building's exterior is clad in weathering steel panels that offer a dark, rough contrast to the light-suffused, aerogel-filled polycarbonate clerestory glazing and tall slits of clear, energy-efficient windows.

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    Doug Edmunds Studio

    The house's new shed roof, raised above the structure's original roofline, is supported by exposed metal and wood trusses. The renovated interiors are a series of sleek, spacious, interconnected living spaces finished with warm, modern materials.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    Spanning one end of a forest-framed meadow and oriented to Western views of the Olympic Islands, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Port Townsend Residence is a long, slender structure primarily made of exposed steel, wood columns, wood beams and rafters, and reclaimed barnwood. The variety of materials used help reduce the building's scale and define each volume.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    The house's primary living spaces and bedrooms, in a volume mainly of wood and glass, are to the west of the steel structure, with wide scenic views.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    The guest cottage and office comprising Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Dry Creek Outbuildings appear to float along the steep, forested bank of Dry Creek. The structures' solid wood fronts, interspersed with ribbons of window to allow views, face the property's entry drive and contain the buildings' service elements.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    Full-height glazed walls make up both outbuildings' rear volumes, opening their interiors to views of the creek banks. The exposed Douglas fir rafters extend through the living and working spaces to the exterior of each glass box, drawing the eye toward the outdoors. A shared gravel courtyard connects the two outbuildings.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Situated atop a marina warehouse, The Miller|Hull Partnership's Sky Ranch single-family residence serves as a caretaker's unit, providing contemporary living spaces complete with a bedroom, full kitchen, built-in shelving, rooftop gardens and deck, and views of the marina.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Built onto the warehouse's roof, Sky Ranch is essentially a small box on a big box, an idea the firm believes could be applied to the millions of square feet of available warehouse roofs in American cities.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Jeff Goldberg / Esto

    Joeb Moore + Partners Architects' highly conceptual Spiral House was conceived as an extension of the shoreline site's natural and social contexts. Vertical western red cedar battens reinterpret the coastal Connecticut vernacular of shingle-style board-and-batten siding.

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    Jeff Goldberg / Esto

    By juxtaposing projective and radial geometries, the house frames the scenery of its landscape, and its interior spaces flow into one another in a spiral that relates private to public and interior to exterior. The house's center also is the center of the spiral.

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    Designed for year-round enjoyment, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Sheldon Gatehouse is a modest one-bedroom home with guest suite, both in separate volumes oriented around an outdoor courtyard with a stainless steel fireplace. The garage can be adapted to a studio/workspace.

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    Nic Lehoux Photography

    The building's two halves mirror each other; each offers a fireplace and a wall open to views of the forest meadow. During winter, the interior living rooms become the primary living spaces, while the courtyard reigns supreme during the warmer months.

  • One/Two-Family Custom Housing

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    Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

    VJAA's T42 project expanded a 1,100-square-foot Cape Cod with a small addition designed to reorient the house to the South, capturing winter sun and summer breezes and creating a new courtyard. The addition emphasizes surface, form, and space, rather than traditional vernacular detail and decorative forms, and provides a new master bedroom, storage, larger dining area and library, and two bathrooms.

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    Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

    The addition's design was based on Passive House criteria for passive solar performance, glazing specifications, thermal mass, and insulation. This photo shows the outside wall of the addition that protects the courtyard; the long, narrow windows of the courtyard wall are visible through the large, square window.

  • One/Two-Family Production Housing

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    Peter Aaron / Esto

    KieranTimberlake's prefabricated, aluminum-framed Cellophane House is a five-story dwelling. The house's walls are made of polyethylene terephthalate—the material used for soda bottles—laminated with thin-film photovoltaic cells for electrical generation.

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    Peter Aaron / Esto

    Factory-made elements such as floors, ceilings, stairs, bathrooms, and mechanical components attach to Cellophane's aluminum frame, and when it's no longer needed, the house can be disassembled and its parts recycled or reused.

  • One/Two-Family Production Housing

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    David Sundberg / Esto

    The 14 Townhouses development by Rogers Marvel Architects is situated on a lot that sat vacant for 60 years. A modern interpretation of the classic townhouse typology, the project creates a unified streetfront while maintaining a sense of individuality for each house through subtle variations in façade planes and finishes.

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    David Sundberg / Esto

    Interiors are as modern as the townhouses' exteriors, with spacious rooms, high ceilings, and ample views to the outdoors.

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AIA 2010 Housing Awards / Multifamily and Specialized Housing Award Winners

AIA 2010 Housing Awards / Multifamily and Specialized Housing Award Winners

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Bernard André Photography

    The 35-unit Gish Apartments by Office of Jerome King, FAIA, provides affordable housing—efficiencies and two- and three-bedrooms—for households earning 35 percent to 50 percent of the area median income. A ground-floor 7-Eleven and a beauty salon, as well as a computer learning center, offer valuable services to the residents. The building was the first multifamily project in the United States to achieve both LEED-NC and LEED for Homes Gold certification.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Bernard André Photography

    Thirteen units in the building are set aside for residents with developmental disabilities, and a resident services program is in place to help coordinate and facilitate communication among these residents, their case managers, and property management.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Will Crocker

    Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects' OneEleven mixed-use development takes advantage of its challenging urban site by creating direct interaction between the ground-floor public commercial/retail spaces, pedestrian walkways, community-use spaces, and public-oriented balconies. The building's design respects the nearby Shaw Center for the Arts, as well as design initiatives already taking place on the same block.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Will Crocker, Crocker Studio

    Residents have a variety of outdoor living areas to choose from, including public gathering spaces and semi-private balconies.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Shared open space is the central feature of Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects' 11-unit Formosa 1140 housing project. Rather than confine the courtyard within the building's footprint, the architects shifted the open space to the building's exterior, creating an urban park in a private development.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Lawrence Anderson / Esto

    Situated to one side of the lot, Formosa is organized linearly and is oriented to the park, giving each unit views and cross ventilation. External circulation spaces along the building's front are protected by layers of perforated metal and small openings, providing a buffer from public areas and maintaining privacy.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Raul J. Garcia Photography

    In Safari Drive, The Miller|Hull Partnership has created a self-sustaining and vibrant mixed-use urban neighborhood in the desert, with live/work lofts and ground-floor retail spaces mixed among residential units. At the heart of the site, parking, pedestrian pathways, and outdoor dining areas converge in a circular court, fostering spontaneity and an active public space.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Raul J. Garcia Photography

    The siting of Safari's buildings shape a variety of outdoor rooms, pedestrian pathways, and a public courtyard, all protected from the desert environment.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Chuck Choi Architectural Photography

    With The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill, an adaptive reuse project, Gund Partnership converted two landmark 19th-century public works buildings into functional, modern residential units while maintaining their historic façades. A portion of the existing Waterworks Museum, shown here, was preserved for public use.

  • Multifamily Housing

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    Chuck Choi Architectural Photography

    To protect its existing façade while accommodating the fenestration needs of new residences, the architects created a new structure within the window-challenged northeast wing of the Whitehall building. This created an interior courtyard between the new structure of residences and the historic façade while still providing ample natural light in the new residences.

  • Specialized Housing

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    John Edward Linden

    Pugh + Scarpa's 30,150-square-foot Step Up on Fifth housing project provides 46 affordable studio apartments and supportive services for the homeless and mentally disabled population, along with ground-level commercial and retail spaces and a small underground parking garage. The building's energy-efficient features exceed California's Title 24 requirements by more than 30 percent and ensure reduced energy usage during all phases of construction and occupancy.

  • Specialized Housing

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    John Edward Linden

    Step Up's playful exterior façade establishes it as a new landmark within the city. The architects used custom water-jet-cut anodized aluminum panels to provide privacy to the building's front units, as well as sun shading.

  • Specialized Housing

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    Matthew Snyder

    The Housing Tower by The Rose + Guggenheimer Studio, phase one of an extensive master plan, connects a compact, 80-room dormitory to an existing building. Natural ventilation, a super-insulated envelope, a rainscreen system, and heating and cooling using thermal mass combine to reduce the building's energy consumption by 40 percent.

  • Specialized Housing

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    Matthew Snyder

    The Cypress-slat rainscreen cladding—echoed by sliding sunscreens across each guest room window—emphasizes a natural connection to the surrounding Berkshires. The sunscreens help moderate indoor temperatures, ventilation, and natural lighting.

  • Specialized Housing

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    Robert Benson Photography

    Although modern, the Alice Paul and David Kemp Residence Halls at Swarthmore College, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, integrate seamlessly with the campus' existing traditional stone buildings and emphasize the landscape's function as an arboretum. A two-story main lounge inside each residence hall, encased in glass and oriented toward the lawn for wide views, serves as a common living room for students.

  • Specialized Housing

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    Robert Benson Photography

    Student rooms are organized around an outdoor room with plentiful sun and views of the lawn. Incorporating several energy-efficient strategies, including daylighting and vegetative roofs, the buildings were designed to achieve LEED certification.

The American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 Housing Awards program, which recognizes the best in housing design. Four award categories cover the most common housing types: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing.

Eighteen projects were selected across all four categories. The winners are:

One/Two Family Custom Housing

 One/Two Family Production Housing

Multifamily Living

Specialized Housing

View the two slideshows for project information. Read complete details on all 18 winning projects here.

The 2010 Housing Awards jury included: Andrew V. Porth, AIA, Porth Architects; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record and GreenSource; Natalye Appel, FAIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA, G. Goldberg and Associates; and Grace Kim, AIA, Schemata Workshop.