Actually, of the 800 projects the AIA received for consideration, 28 of them were selected for an Honor Award. In the architectural category, sustainability played a large part in each of the 13 projects selected. But the projects come in all shapes and varieties. Check some of the cool ones below.
++26th Street Low-Income Housing
Santa Monica, California, Kanner Architects
At the very least, this project shows how cool low-income housing can be. The jealousy, really. Units range in price from $500-$900 and the building is completely occupied.
Mazama, Washington, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
This 1,000 sf weekend cabin is a steel-clad box on stilts designed as a low-tech, virtually indestructible getaway. Looks incredible really. Raised above ground, the Delta Shelter has 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and forestry.
++Heifer International World Headquarters
Little Rock, Arkansas, Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects
This super-green, LEED Platinum building also made the AIA’s Top 10 Green list. Enough said.
Taylors Island, Maryland, KeiranTimberlake Associates
Featured in Wired Magazine and pretty much every other print publication one can think of, this 1,800 sf home was built in six weeks with modular construction. Oh, and KeiranTimberlake is the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award winner, too. It’s been a great year.
++Residence Halls 1 & 2 Infill Student Housing
Berkeley, California, EHDD Architecture
The fact that it doesn’t look like student housing is good enough, but the design managed to simultaneously increase student density and usable open space for students.
Seoul, Korea, Barkow Leibinger Architects
The exterior is clad in mirrored fractal glass that refracts light and images, making the building appear, well, slightly magical and fleeting.
Read about more projects here.