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Small in size, small in cost: AIA’s Small Project Awards

by • July 5, 2016 • No Comments

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) not long ago announced the winners of its yearly Compact Project Awards. Comprising nine projects which are tiny in stature and relatively tiny in cost, highlights include a self-propelled floating sauna, a colorful girl scouts’ camp, and a mobile dentist shoehorned into a trailer.

  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works ...
  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works ...
  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works ...
  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works ...

The awards are split into two categories. Category One concerns tiny projects with a construction budget up to US$150,000, while Category Two highlights those under $1,500,000. This latter category may not sound all which bargain-priced, but AIA says which compared to a typical architect-createed project, it is.

A few highlights are shown at a lower place, all winners can be seen in our gallery.

Wa_sauna – goCstudio

goCstudio’s novel Wa_sauna was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating sauna to Seattle’s lakes.

The Category One winner is legally classed as a self-propelled vessel and measures only 7 x 7 ft (2.1 x 2.1 m), resting atop a 8 x 16 ft (2.4 x 4.9 m) deck and floatation barrels. Users get their sweat on with a tiny and efficient wood-burning stove, and the sauna itself is propelled by a quiet, battery-powered electric motor.

Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner – El Dorado Inc

Camp Prairie Schooner, located near Kansas City, won a Category Two award for its architect-createed girl scouts trail center. The project comes with a dining hall, five permanent units, two buildings for troop use, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, an archery range, a swimming pool, and a zip-line.

The bunk houses showcase a combination of fluted polycarbonate glazing and painted concrete board over a rain screen at equite end, creating a colorful effect which quite much enlivens the buildings’ create. Inside, there’s custom pendant lighting createed by a former girl scout.

Studio Dental – Montalba Architects

Nobody likes going to the dentist but at very least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California’s Montalba Architects, makes it additional convenient by being mobile. A Category Two winner, the project consists of a fully-fledged dental service shoehorned into a 230 sq ft (21 sq m) trailer.

Despite having such little space to work with, the architects installed a waiting area, sterilization room, and two rooms for conducting the actual dental surgery. Acoustic foam was installed throughout to aid sound dampening, while the the back door of the trailer folds down to enable air circulation.

Source: AIA

  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing, by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing, by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
  • Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing, by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
  • The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One

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