Four housing developments-winners of the 2014 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards-challenge the U.S. trend of building affordable housing that lacks the beauty and design reserved for high-income users. The Housing Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) have announced their picks for the prestigious prize, which recognizes excellence in affordable housing design.
The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award. These gorgeous projects, spotted over at Fast Co.Design, demonstrate that affordable American housing is finally catching up with successful social housing programs developed in Europe.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture (KEA) transformed a 1926 building in Los Angeles into a piece of modern residential architecture with an integrated photovoltaic system, a new perforated metal skin and a picturesque rooftop garden. The existing structure, built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, was reconfigured and restored while preserving its key historic features and important role in the communal life of 28th Street in Los Angeles. The housing capacity of the development features low-income units and living spaces for the mentally ill and the homeless.
Gelfand Partners Architects and Knapp Architects transformed a nine-story 1909 building in San Francisco into supportive housing for the homeless and a health center for residents of supportive housing and the homeless. They created 174 micro-units while preserving the original sky-lit second-floor lobby, auditorium, full-size gymnasium, offices, and meeting rooms.
Kings Beach Housing Now was built for low-income workers and families who previously lived in substandard housing developments in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Nine buildings are located on five sites and provide 77 LEED Silver apartments. Designed by YHLA Architects, the development is the project’s buildings are the tallest and highest density buildings in the region and feature an advanced biofiltration system which naturally filters 100 percent of on-site storm water.
Sierra Bonita Housing is the first all-affordable mixed-use development in West Hollywood and the first designed and completed according to the city’s new Green Building Ordinance. Patrick Tighe Architecture fit 42 accessible units on a 13,000-square-foot site and within a 50-foot height limit, creating a fully accessible, pet-friendly, and beautiful home for low-income residents.
Via Fast Co.Design