The eight winners of the 2011 Small Project Awards were recently announced by the AIA. In its eighth year the program focuses on highlighting good design at any scale. The jurors for this year included: Deborah Pierce, Obie G. Bowman, Randy Brown, Lance Hosey, and Wendy Evans Joseph.
A complete list of winners following the break.
This custom residence is situated on a 3,450 sqf urban infill lot in an established neighborhood in West Seattle. The house was oriented east and west to take advantage of its southern exposure and reduce heating and cooling loads. A compact stacked floor plan containing 1,523 square feet was developed and organized into 3 major zones—living, working and sleeping. The vaulted ceiling living zone, located on the upper floor is situated to encourage views of the city and Cascades, as well as provide an efficient natural ventilation system.
Architect: David Vandervort Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Project Area: 1,523 sqf
Builder: Stonewood Builders
Photography: Michael Shopenn Photography
Goetz Composites, fabricators of some of the most successful race boats in the world including three of today’s most high profile yachts as well as ten America’s Cup racing yachts completed a historic restoration of one of Buckminster Fuller‘s most iconic structures, the 24 foot Fly’s Eye Dome.
Patented in 1965, Fuller created two prototypes of this structure; a 24 foot and 50 foot dome. Fuller writes in his seminal book, Critical Path that “the Fly’s Eye domes are designed as part of a ‘livingry’ service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.”
More images and information after the break.
Cambridge Public Library wins Harleston Parker Medal / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects
The Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the winner of the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal as the Cambridge Public Library by William Rawn Associates Architects and Ann Beha Architects. Each year, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of Boston award the Harleston Parker Medal to “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the Greater Boston area over the past 10 years.
More images of the winner after the break.
The challenge of this student center for the University of Wyoming’s College of Education was to transform two non-descript and ill-defined open floor areas, crossed with circulation, into places that one the one hand would be effective student lounges, and on the other inspire curiosity about the built environment. Each floor consists of a student lounge distinguished from circulation by a cnc milled bamboo plywood screen.
NewSchool of Architecture and Design Summer Events Include Workshops, Seminars Plus Study Abroad Opportunities in Europe and Asia
The NewSchool of Architecture and Design has recently announced their summer events schedule including workshops, seminars and study abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia.
The 2011 Southern California Architecture Experience (SoCAL-E><) “Second Exploratory Design Workshop,” is a four-week design workshop beginning July 11 paired with a two-week seminar July 11–24 that is conducted in English and Spanish. Students take part in an intense, totally immersive experience studying the architectural landscape and legacy of southern California. The works of world-renowned architects are examined and include visits to some of the most recent projects and offices of local avant-garde firms.
Further details and programs from NewSchool can be found here.
Reach 11 is a sports complex in North Phoenix comprised of 18 soccer fields and 4 baseball fields. A Call for Artists went out to provide large amounts of shade at four diverse locations within the large park. Visibly adjacent to the site, a raised earth-buttressed canal brings water 350 miles from the Colorado River to Phoenix as the city continues to grow. Expressing the audacity of the desert oasis, colab studio sought a way to describe this precarious scale of human intervention on the landscape. Comparing such an endeavor with weightlessness moments found in sporting events, 6,000 pound local stones can be quarried and set on posts in various configurations around the huge soccer tournament park, surrounded on 2 sides by the canal. Shapes mimicking mountains and water’s movement through canyons create a unique environment to dwell in deep shade.
Sopot Business Center by Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o. is the 2nd Prize winner of a competition for Zagreb, Croatia. It features a dynamic assortment of spaces that shift in section creating distinct open spaces that provide connections through the various parts of the complex.
More on this project after the break.
Ali Musavi was announced winner of Design Matters 2 Ideas Competition for the proposal seen here. The competition called for a design of a building block with an inclusive school environment that uniquely enhances the quality of life for teens and adults with disabilities who participate in the Easter Seals VIP Academy in Sarasota, Florida.
More information and images of the project after the break.