2012 AIA Housing Awards for Architecture

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 10 recipients of the 2012 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its 12th 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.

Continue after the break to view the 2012 recipients.

Carmel Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Carmel,
Consultant: Building Engineering Systems
General Contractor: Thomas H. George Construction
Landscape: Blasen Landscape Architecture; Cypress Gardens
Consultant: Building Engineering Systems
Engineer: Endre Studio Structural
Photographs: David Matheson


Terzo Piano Restaurant/ Dirk Denison Architects

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Terzo Piano Restaurant was designed as a changeable canvas with movable pieces and flexible seating arrangements. Seating 250 patrons the lunch restaurant is located within the Renzo Piano designed Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. The architects therefore were challenged with establishing a contemporary space that provided a complementary atmosphere to the Modern Wing.  A recent recipient of a 2010 AIA Chicago Award: Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, jurors commented, “It’s elevated the cafeteria experience,” and “The whole idea of having art in the dining area is elegant.”

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
Client: Bon Appetit Management at The Art Institute of Chicago
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michelle Litvin Photography

L2O Restaurant / Dirk Denison Architects

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L2O Restaurant, by , is a refurbishment design of a classic French fine dining restaurant to a contemporary seafood eatery in ’s Belden Stratford Hotel.  This space successfully integrates contemporary clean modern lines with a sense of historical elegance.

Winner of the 2010 AIA Chicago Award: Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, jurors commented that, “although the main dining room is one volume, architects created the sense of a private space for each table through the use of distinctive artistic elements and steel cables that act as westernized Shoji screens. The space also accommodates private dining in separate rooms and offers Tatami-style dining niches. The subdued color palette adds to the restaurant’s cohesiveness and restrained elegance.”

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
General Contractor: Thordale Construction
Kitchen Consultant: Harrison Koelner
Lighting Designer: MBK Lighting Design
MEFP Consultant: Quest Design Group
Client: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Michelle Litvin Photography

Culver House Development / Dirk Denison Architects

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The recent recipient of the 2010 AIA Chicago Unbuilt Design Award, the Culver House Development sparks the conversation of sustainable design within the private sector of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois.  A mixed-use development, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold status.  Both the office space and eight dwelling units capitalize on the thoughtful design of the energy efficient and ample day-lit spaces.

The jurors are quoated as descirbing the Culver House Development plan as “very smart” and the scheme “handsome.”  In reference to the varied floor plans of the residential units jurors claimed that “it breaks the typical pattern of every floor being the same” and continuing stating,  ”it is like a jigsaw puzzle.”

More about this award winning design following the break.

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
Project Year: Unbuilt
Renderings: Antonio Petrov , Daniel Wolf