A.UD Lecturer Steven Christensen received an AIA California Council Residential Design Award for Heptagon House. This project is an experiment in micro-housing that offers a geometric solution to a peculiar regulatory challenge. Required to adhere to the 195 s.f. footprint of an existing century-old foundation near Heceta Beach, this highly compact guest house angles outward from its base, taking advantage of the simple properties of plan rotation in order to simultaneously expand the area of the upper floors and align them toward the spectacular ocean view.
About the AIACC Residential Awards
California Architects Show Housing Skill
Sacramento, Calif.—The American Institute of Architects, California Council announces the recipients of the 3rd annual Residential Design Awards program.
This year, 112 entered the program, which meant the jury had to roll up their sleeves and get down to narrowing the pile. After much deliberation and debate they culminated it down to eight. This year’s jury found the range of submittals particularly interesting—from affordable and multi-family housing, to un-built and single family dwellings. And, as sustainability and resource-efficiency metrics were required for each entry that came up in deliberations as well. One juror commented, “It’s interesting and inspiring to see all the different approaches to sustainability.” Another mentioned that “It’s great projects are now sustainable but also have strong aesthetic. It shows a very exciting corner turned.”