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These are the best new homes, according to the AIA

Something for everyone in the batch of winners

modern house with carport under
Mirror Point by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited—Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Photo: James Brittain Photography courtesy AIA

What do the best new homes have in common? If you’re to believe the American Institute of Architects, not a whole lot.

The AIA chose 12 projects for its 2019 Housing Awards celebrating the best in new constructions, as well as renovations and restorations—and the list is refreshingly diverse. From vibrant affordable housing complexes to multi-million-dollar single-family homes, the winning projects show the breadth of innovative residential architecture happening today.

The competition welcomes entries from firms licensed in the U.S. and owners of built residential projects. Winners are grouped into four categories: one/two-family custom residences, one/two family production homes, multi-family housing, and specialized housing.

Tiny Tower by Interface Studio Architects—Philadelphia.
Photo: Sam Oberter Photography courtesy AIA

Some of the designs, like Interface Studio Architects’s Tiny Tower, an ultra-vertical tiny home that’s designed to fit into small, awkward plots, is remarkable for its unconventional form. Others, like the colorful Oak Park Housing development in Sacramento, California, is a study in sustainable, affordable housing.

“Sustinable” and “affordable” are just a few of the qualities the projects are judged on—others include “durable”, “innovative,” and “socially impactful.” They’re also, as you can see with the Off-Grid Guesthouse from Anacapa and Willson Design, just really beautiful to look at.

Take a look at some of the winners below and find out more about all the winners here.

Jefferson Park Apartments by Abacus Architects + Planners—Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Photo: Damianos Photography courtesy AIA
House with colorful louvers
Oak Park Housing by Johnsen Schmaling Architects—Sacramento, California.
Photo: Johnsen Schmaling Architects courtesy AIA
Georgica Cove by Bates Masi + Architects—East Hampton, New York.
Photo: Bates Masi + Architects courtesy AIA
Interior of house with large windows looking out onto rolling hills
Off-Grid Guesthouse by Anacapa and Willson Design—Central Coast, California.
Photo: Eric Feinblatt courtesy AIA