Multifamily and Specialized Housing projects honored in 2016 AIA Housing Awards

A San Francisco low-income mixed-use complex, a Los Angeles homeless veterans housing facility, and a series of student residential buildings at UMass were among the winners.

April 07, 2016 |
Multifamily and Special Housing projects honored in 2016 AIA Housing Awards

Cloverdale749. Photo: Lawrence Anderson/LOHA

As part of its 2016 Housing Awards program, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) named five recipients in the Multifamily Housing and Specialized Housing categories. The program also honored five projects in the One/Two Family Custom Housing category.

The jury for the AIA Housing Awards was comprised of Jamie Blosser, AIA (Chair), Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Ariella Cohen, Editor-in-Chief, Next City; Kevin Harris, FAIA, Kevin Harris Architect; David Lee, FAIA, Stull and Lee, Inc.; and Suman Sorg, FAIA, Sorg & Associates, P.C.

Here's a look at the winners in the Multifamily and Specialized Housing sectors:




1180 Fourth Street | San Francisco | Architect: Mithun | Solomon (initiated as WRT/Solomon E.T.C.) | Associate Design Architect: Kennerly Architecture & Planning

Photo: Bruce Damonte/Mithun

Completed in 2014, the mixed use1180 Fourth Streetcomplex contains 150 low-income and formerly homeless households. It sits on a 1.4-acre site at the entrance of San Francisco’s Mission Bay South neighborhood. Mithun designed the building to bring residents together with common rooms, community gardens, and a daycare center. The layout includes 10,000 sf of commercial space.Jury member comment: “San Francisco sorely needs affordable housing, and this is a perfect location re: transit and accessibility.”



Cloverdale749 | Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photo: Lawrence Anderson/LOHA

Decks, windows, patios, and walkway placements allowed Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA) to merge private and public space in theCloverdale749. The 10,500-sf building was completed in 2014. Passively sustainable elements in the exterior white form cladding reduces the solar heat load on the building and makes it easier to cool.Jury member comment: “Very well thought out, detailed, and elegant resolution from a simple, rather banal ships container reference.”



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Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Amherst, Mass. | William Rawn Associates, Architects

Photo: Robert Benson Photography/William Rawn Associates, Architects

The 500,000-sf Commonwealth Honors College Community has seven new buildings and added 1,500 total beds in single-rooms, double-rooms, suites, and apartments. The buildings are situated around hillside courtyards. Students that live there can socialize in open outdoor quads. The $192 million LEED Silver project also has classrooms, offices, and a 24-hour cafe. Jury member comment: “They spent so much time on careful spaces for social engagement.”



Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus | Los Angeles | Leo A Daly

Photo: Lawrence Anderson/Leo A Daly

Architecture firm Leo A Daly took a long-vacant building on VA’s West Los Angeles medical campus and repurposed it into a home for 65 homeless veterans. The three-level complex has 45 single apartments, 10 double apartments, a kitchen, fitness room, and communal sitting areas. One wing has access to a “serenity garden.” The renovations to the 51,000-sfBuilding 209 cost $20 million and took two years to finish (it was completed in 2015).Jury member comment: “Spaces, landscaping, and rooms afford a believable sense of importance of and gratitude towards the residents."



Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins | Farmington, Minn. | HGA

Camper cabins at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. Photo: Paul Crosby & Peter VonDeLinde/HGA

Threecamper cabinsare built into the crest of a hill at Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Minnesota. Even with only 227 sf, the cabins have two full-size bunk beds, dining and sitting areas, a sleeper sofa, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The cabins forgo mechanical cooling because they receive enough shade from the surrounding trees. Each cabin has a 80-sf deck made of red cedar glulam chassis, cedar and pine framing, and red cedar cladding.Jury member comment: “The light footprint is lovely and the low impact on the environment is wonderful.”

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