We’re excited to announce that two el dorado projects are winners of 2012 residential architect Design Awards. The Tyler Residence, a home addition for a family of four (and two dogs, and two cats) in Leawood, Kansas, received a Merit Award in the Renovation category. We like the way the addition of a bedroom and kid’s playroom add a warm, modern twist to a traditional suburban home. The dogs like the way the overhang in the back of the playroom protects them from the rain.
The Echo Ridge Duplexes received a Merit Award in the Affordable Housing category. Located in Topeka, Kansas the two duplexes are intended to be sustainable prototypes for future housing development. With natural ventilation, generous outdoor space, and simple, efficient use of materials, we think they’re the perfect antidote to a housing type that’s rarely spectacular.
The field of nearly 800 entries was narrowed down to only 36 winners in what we can only assume was a grueling, post-apocalyptic battle to the death, not unlike The Hunger Games (albeit between houses instead of children). Still standing beside us after the games ended were fellow Kansas City firm Hufft Projects (a winner in the Custom Home category) and Josh’s alma mater, the University of Tennessee (a winner in the Single Family Housing category). The rest of the list, featured on residential architect’s website and May/June print issue, reads like a who’s who in contemporary residential architecture. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.