BI(h)OME receives AIA National 2018 Small Projects Award

Congratulations to lecturer Kevin Daly, professor, cityLAB director Dana Cuff and all of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design students who worked on BI(h)OME.  

Developed in response to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s call for the creation of 100,000 new housing units by 2021, this prototype backyard home is a lightweight, recyclable and customizable accessory dwelling unit that recognizing that one solution to the region’s housing crisis might be found in our own backyards.

"It is very ambitious and very forward thinking. Worthy effort" ~ Jury comment

BI(h)OME is an experimental prototype lightweight accessory dwelling unit. Based on research and policy initiatives of cityLAB, a research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, the design was led by Kevin Daly Architects with design collaboration and fabrication by graduate students. The prototype demonstrates -- in its design, fabrication, occupation, and recycling -- what sustainability means at an individual level. Low-cost and low-impact, it can serve as housing for an elderly parent, a returning college graduate, or a rental unit in any of the 500,000 single family parcels in Los Angeles. Each 500-square foot BI(h)OME contains a bedroom, living room, kitchen/dining room, and bathroom. Its structure is covered with an innovative translucent skin consisting of two layers of ETFE that is vacuum-sealed around a paper honeycomb creating a remarkably solid, yet light structure. The structure can be configured in different ways to fit any backyard and to catch the sun on photovoltaic cells that can be printed on the outside layer of the skin, while LED lights can be built into the inner layer.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Student Team: Andrew Akins, Garth Britzman, Dee Chang, Katie Chuh, Ciro Dimson, Adrien Forney, Kara Moore, Dami Olufoweshe, Lyo Liu, Trenman Yao, Sarah Sibohan Johnson, Mark Lagola, Nawid Piracha.  

About the Small Project Awards: The Small Project Awards recognize small project practitioners for their high quality work and promote excellence in small project design. The program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects regardless of size and scope.

More information can be found on the AIA National website here.