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.
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.