AIA Picks 3 Multi-Housing Communities for Excellence In Design

Washington, D.C.–The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently recognized three outstanding apartment and condominium designs through its Housing Awards Program, which is now in its ninth year. Both high- and low-density projects for public and private clients were considered. In addition to architectural design features, the jury assessed the integration of the buildings into their context, including open and recreational space, transportation options and features that contribute to livable communities.Fort Point Loft Condominiums in Boston, Hacin + Associates Inc. This 140,000 sq. ft. project encompasses the adaptive reuse of two historic structures, the construction of a new building on an adjacent lot, and a three-story rooftop addition above all three structures. The program includes 99 condominium units [with eight affordable units, including three artist live/work studios], two levels of restaurant/retail, and a lobby/art gallery. The new facade at 346 Congress takes cues from the restored facades at 348 and 354.  Together, the three buildings relate to one another with a progressive series of window groupings, architectural details, colors, materials and proportional rhythms. Courtyard Lofts – Long Beach, Calif., Studio One Eleven at Perkowitz+Ruth ArchitectsSituated in downtown Long Beach, Courtyard Lofts represents the transformation of two derelict commercial buildings and an existing parking lot into residential lofts surrounding a verdant communal courtyard. As an infill project incorporating the adaptive re-use of two structures, the low-rise, humane scale of the project is respectful of its context and preserves the character of the existing buildings and the surrounding community.  The architecture of Courtyard Lofts was consciously designed to integrate sustainability.  ICON – San Diego, TANNERHECHT Architecture The project is constructed on a 55,000-sq.-ft. brownfield industrial site and is comprised of 327 residences in four towers ranging from 5 to 24 stories connected by bridges and terraces surrounding the contemporary garden. The tallest tower is topped with the SkyBox overlooking the Petco Park and San Diego Bay. The architecture preserves and rehabilitates the historic building facades and penthouse of the Carnation/Qualitee Dairy, San Diego Historical Site No. 289.