The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 18 recipients of the 2011 Housing Awards. The AIAâ€™s Housing Awards Program, now in its 11th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.
As we have been doing every year, we will be featuring some of these projects in the upcoming weeks.
The jury for the 2011 Housing Awards includes: Katherine Austin (jury chair), AIA, Katherine Austin Architect; Claire Conroy, Residential Architecture Magazine, Editorial Director; Mike Jackson, FAIA, Historical Preservation Agency, State of Illinois; Luis Jauregui, AIA, Jaurequi, Inc. and Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA, Florida International University Miami.
The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing.
One/Two Family Custom Housing
The One and Two Family Custom Residences award recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s).
Addition to an historic cape on a coastal farm, Little Compton, RI
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Photo Â© Nic LehouxThe architects were tasked with designing an addition to a historic cape that was stripped of its jumbled additions and returned to its original gabled form. Seen from the exterior, the massing of the addition is smaller, but similar in detail and proportion to the cape. The interior of the addition is a study in contrasts with its partner. While the cape has small rooms with low ceilings and small windows, the interior of the addition reveals its full volume while expanses of glass link it to the agrarian landscape.
Blair Barn House, Blair, WI
Photo Â© Alchemy LLC
The Blair Barn House is a celebration of the straightforward utilitarian nature intrinsic to farm life. The house takes its clues from 19th century barns and updates them for a sustainable 21st century, with a goal of being modern yet acceptable, in a rural community where families have lived for generations. A locally-sawn white oak skin with few, but large, openings wraps and filters the house with barn light. Over- and under-spaces delineated by steel, custom-milled ash, rope work, stock cabinetry, and salvaged materials, fill the modest volume with barn space tempered with farmer's common sense.
Combs Point Residence, Ovid, NY
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Photo Â© Nic Lehoux
The residence at Combs Point is sited in a diverse natural world of glacial lake, deciduous and evergreen forest, valley and stream. From the fanning delta at the lake's edge, a delicate necklace of buildings echo the valley stream and stretch through a forested glen that leads to a waterfall at its head. Slipped into the site with a light touch, the residence and its outbuildings possess a transparency that reveals the richly varied qualities of this natural place.
North Beach Residence, Eastsound, WA
Photo Â© Benjamin Benschnieder
Located on the San Juan Archipelago in Washington State, this home is situated directly between a northerly oriented beach and a sunny meadow to the south, with walls of glass opening out to both. Steel columns minimize visible structure, while metal-clad wall elements provide a bold form from the exterior. The home is designed to provide shelter with a minimum of distractions from light and view â€“ a â€˜floatingâ€™ form both literally and figuratively responding to the clientâ€™s personal relationship to the land and their intention to minimize human imposition.
OS House, Racine, WI
Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Photo Â© Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Occupying a narrow infill lot in an old city neighborhood at the edge of Lake Michigan, this LEED Platinum home for a young family demonstrates how a small residence built with a moderate budget can become a confident, new urban constituent. The compact building volume is wrapped with an innovative concrete rainscreen facade system that transforms into a delicate scrim of metal rods defining the perimeter of upper level outdoor rooms. Floor-to ceiling apertures penetrate the rainscreen, their bright colors an unapologetic nod to the cheerful polychrome of the neighborhoodâ€™s Victorian homes.
Town House, Washington, DC
Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Photo Â© Paul Warchol
Originally built over a century ago, this completely renovated town house required the traditional limestone facade remain intact. Interior spaces were typically dark with 9-foot high ceilings, the result of a previous renovation. The rear facade, located in an alley, has been completely reworked to provide more light into the building. In this new renovation the majority of existing floor joists are retained in an effort to reuse the existing structural system and not disturb the historical limestone facade. Exposed brick walls, painted white are juxtaposed to blue epoxy floors. Floor openings with bridges, skylights, and a three story galvanized steel wall animate the spaces and integrate the floors vertically.
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