The winners of the AIA's 2014 Small Project Awards have just been announced and from the look of the winning designs, great things really do come in very small packages. The yearly architecture award recognizes a small group of modest, but diverse architectural works each year. This year's theme was resourcefulness, and focused designs that exhibited an ability to do more with less by turning constraints into opportunities. The five small-scale residential homes that took home this year's AIA award represent everything good and decent about minimal living: these houses are compact, stylish and fierce. Yes, we said fierce. Don't believe us? Check out the winning designs below and try to keep the tiny home drool off the computer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Via Fast Co Design