AIA Housing Awards 2010
As built, the 1,800-square-foot (170-square-meter) Cellophane House had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining space, a roof terrace, and a carport.
The house was built with an aluminum frame that held outer walls made from transparent, recyclable PET plastic film — the same plastic used in soda bottles — and laminated with thin-film photovoltaic cells. The amply daylit prototype was fully disassembled, allowing the materials to moved and reassembled, or otherwise reused or recycled.
The "mass-customizable" structure can be deployed as a single unit or in multi-unit configurations. Rearrangement of the interior floor plan is designed to be simple, with the aluminum frame carrying all structural loads.
"Finally, a significant step towards mass production techniques for creating housing that evidences the promise of transcending architectural novelty," the jury remarked, praising the architects for considering "full life-cycle implications, which is rarely done today."
Twelve additional projects were honored in the 2010 AIA Housing Awards, announced on May 4.
Step Up on Fifth supportive housing, Santa Monica, California, by Pugh + Scarpa Architects (previously featured in depth in ArchitectureWeek No. 454)
Gish Apartments, San Jose, California, by the Office of Jerome King (previously named to the AIA/COTE list of Top Ten Green Projects for 2009)
OneEleven Mixed-Use Development, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by Remson/ Haley/ Herpin Architects
Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, California, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, by Gund Partnership
One- and Two-Family Production Housing:
14 Townhouses, Brooklyn, New York, by Rogers Marvel Architects, PLLC
One- and Two-Family Custom Housing:
Ferrous House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Johnsen Schmaling Architects (previously recognized in the AIA Small Project Awards 2009)
Spiral House, Old Greenwich, Connecticut, by Joeb Moore + Partners, Architects, LLC (previously honored in the Wood Design Awards 2009)
Diamond Project, San Francisco, by Terry & Terry Architecture
Dry Creek Outbuildings, Woodside, California, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Sheldon Gatehouse, Cle Elum, Washington, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Sky Ranch, Seattle, Washington, by The Miller Hull Partnership
The 2010 AIA Housing Awards jury was chaired by Andrew V. Porth, Porth Architects, Red Lodge, Montana, and also included Natalye Appel, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Houston, Texas; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record and GreenSource; Geoffrey Goldberg, G. Goldberg and Associates, Chicago, Illinois; and Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop, Seattle, Washington.
Brian Libby is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer who has also published in Metropolis, Architectural Record, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. More by Brian Libby
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