The American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners for the AIA Chicago Small Project Awards, and we were blown away by the many fantastic projects. The awards recognized “buildings that offer exceptional experiences of nature and the outdoors, either by blending contemporary and vernacular design elements, showcasing unique views and perspectives, or sustainability features.”
One theme that seemed very pronounced throughout the projects was balance- between old and new, rustic and modern, technology and nature. As Boston architects and interior designers, that’s the type of balance we hope to achieve in our work, whether we are remodeling a residence or building an institutional gathering space.
Here are a couple of our favorite projects. Check out the rest at the AIA Chicago Small Project Awards slideshow, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
This guesthouse with pool was built adjacent to a farmhouse in Virginia. The shape of the building is inspired by barns and rural Southern structures, but it is executed with a contemporary minimalism that keeps it seeming fresh and new. Materials like copper, stone, and painted wood not only coordinate with the existing home, but also serve to bridge the contemporary aesthetic with the rustic, natural character of the farm setting.
This project is a wonderful example of rustic contemporary architecture. The Chicago restaurant underwent an extensive remodel, which included ripping out the ceiling grid to expose the beautiful original architecture of the building. The barrel truss vault ceiling makes the space unique and stunning, while salvaged wood brings the warmth of wood down into the seating area of the restaurant.
At Leslie Saul & Associates, we are LEED Accredited Professionals and our firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. If you are interested in starting a sustainable architecture project in Boston, contact us today!