The AIA announced the 10 winners of the 2015 Housing Awards on Apr. 16. The Housing Awards honor the best in housing design in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, which recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes; One/Two Family Production Housing, for which there were no winners this year; Multifamily Housing, which recognizes outstanding apartment and condominium design; and Special Housing, which recognizes outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as single-room occupancy residences, independent living for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, and other special housing.
This year's jury included Stephen Schreiber, FAIA, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jon Dick, AIA, of Archaeo Architects; Kathy Dixon, AIA, principal of K. Dixon Architecture; Clair Enlow, a freelance writer, and Jody Mcguire, AIA, of SALA Architects.
For more information and images of each project, click on the link in the project title below.One/Two Family Custom Housing
Bridge House, Kent, Conn.
Joeb Moore & Partners
Jury comments: This has a lot of functionality and beauty. There is a refined sophistication to the design. It frames the landscape in different places in different ways. There is simplicity as well as intimate connection with the natural environment.
Jury comments: This idea of opening into the landscape in New
England where the weather is so rugged is difficult. The formal idea meets the context
in a very natural way. The detailing is exquisite.
Jury comments: The use of modest materials—concrete floor, concrete fireplace, OSB on the ceiling—is admirable. The
complex relations between the three parts is exciting but the courtyard locks
it into place.
Jury comments: The architecture reflects the context [with] the flat
facades. It captures the essences of the
neighborhood in a humble way. The edible
landscape garden is transformative: The garden will be so successful, and it carries as much weight as the
Jury comments: The delightful common space unites the whole
project. There is a lightness to it, and
surprising touches such as the window treatment.
Jury comments: It’s a vital mix of uses that get united into one large–scale project. It’s admirably
taking a 1950’s modernist aesthetic and making it very sophisticated.
Jury comments: It really enlivens the street above and beyond
what anyone would expect in a building like that. It breaks down the scale of a tower in a really
nice way [with] public spaces [that] go all the way
up the building.
Jury comments: There is complexity to the façade in the way it
sits on the street and with regard to the surrounding buildings: It is
compatible without resorting to mimicry.
There's an amazing combination of privacy, safety, and support without being apart.It’s slightly enigmatic—and that’s great in this type of project.See all of the winners in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.