Nicole Jewell

Five Stunning Homes Take Home the AIA Award for Best Small Houses of the Year

by , 06/08/14


Fall House by Fourgeron Architecture

The Fall House by Fourgeron Architecture is a three bedroom home on the California coast near Big Sur. Besides offering spectacular ocean views, this small home also packs a big sustainable punch. The house includes a number of sustainable materials, and features such as passive construction, a green roof, and reduced water and energy systems. The Fall House was awarded the 2013 AIA CC Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture.

Redaction House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

The Redaction House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects is a compact home adjacent to a small suburban lake. Located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, the rustic nature of the cedar-clad home blends in seamlessly with its serene surroundings.

Olive Grove Home by Cooper Joseph Studio

This one bedroom house surrounded by olive groves in Geyserville, California, is a mere 850 square feet, but its sustainable properties are immense. The small home operates on solar power and was perfectly designed so that the owners could live off the land.

Topo House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

In case you haven’t noticed, Johnsen Schmaling Architects are prolific small home designers. The team has racked up a number of awards thanks to their compact and cozy mountain homes. This year’s AIA winner, the Topo House, is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, and is simply the epitome of tranquil cabin living. Seeming to ooze out of the green, rolling hills, the Topo Home takes advantage of the topography to meld into its wide open setting.


Photo © Joe Fletcher

Flip House by Fougeron Architecture

The quirky Flip House by Fougeron Architecture is the only home on this year’s winning list to be located in an urban setting. The architects used a variety of features to adapt the residential home into the challenging hilly landscape. As you can see, the result is a stunning all-glass facade with amazing views of the city.

 + American Institute of Architects

Via Fast Co Design

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4 Comments

  1. Ahmed Faruk November 26, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Elegantly stylish architecture….

  2. Eileen Madrid October 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Que casitas tan bonitas, tan interesantes– y “off the grid,”
    Disenos Economicos !!

  3. chopsoi October 22, 2014 at 6:46 am

    wow. gorgeous houses but…. NEVER EVER SMALL!!!… the title could have a little extra work…

  4. Aenea June 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Incredible : What you classify as “small houses” are just normal size houses in Europe. And considering this around major towns sur as Paris-France, these houses are huge !

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