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A riverside home in Oregon, a towering ecological wonder in Costa Rica, and a distinctive village for the homeless in Los Angeles. These buildings don’t look too similar, but they have one thing in common: they are among the winners of the American Institute of Architects housing awards for 2022.

This year, awards were given to 14 buildings in four categories: Custom Single and Two-Family Residences, Single and Two-Family Production Homes, Multi-Family Housing and Specialty Housing. As Dezeen noted in their awards post, two architectural firms were represented with multiple designs: Olson Kundig Architects and Alterstudio.

The AIA notes that the homes in question “underscore the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a precious national resource.” In practice, this means that the winners cover a lot of ground, both in terms of who lives there and the approaches taken.

Olson Kundig’s Costa Rican treehouse, for example, used nearby teak. It is a three story residence designed for balance with the local landscape – and easy access for surfing. And Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect’s work on Renovation 1662 – a renovation of a historic Georgetown home – mixes contemporary flourishes with a host of historic details.

The Chandler Tiny Homes Village for the Homeless, designed by Lehrer Architects LA, has a very different purpose: to provide temporary housing for people who previously lived on the streets. Here, having something that could be put together quickly was crucial – but the community is also full of standout design features and innovative use of materials.

The full list of houses is worth looking at – both for inspiration and as a survey of what’s happening in contemporary architecture right now.

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