Two Midwest Houses

AIA Small Projects Awards

The 2010 AIA Small Projects Awards will be announced this June at the AIA national convention in Miami. Leading up to that announcement, let's look back at two houses that received the AIA Small Projects Award in 2009. Both of these projects are progressive and distinct works that were designed and built here in the Midwest:

Ferrous House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects is located in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin. The project, due to budgetary constraints, reused the foundation, plumbing cores, and perimeter walls of a conventional 1970's suburban house. The outcome, though, is anything but conventional. The top five images in the gallery up top show a few views of the Ferrous House. For more, visit Johnsen Schmaling Architects.

The Luminous Bodies Residence in Evansville, Indiana was designed by ASTIGMATIC Studio. The striking structure covers a V-shaped plan, which allows two separate private bedroom spaces to connect to shared central living spaces. The bottom five images in the gallery up top are of Luminous Bodies. For more, visit ASTIGMATIC Studio.

We look forward to seeing what the 2010 Small Projects Awards bring and hope to see more recognition of great design from the Midwest region. We'll report back here as soon as awards are announced!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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