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Small in size, small in cost: AIA's Small Project Awards

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AIA's Small Project Awards highlights projects small in stature and cost, such as this novel self-propelled floating sauna by goCstudio
AIA's Small Project Awards highlights projects small in stature and cost, such as this novel self-propelled floating sauna by goCstudio
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
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Located in a rural village in the Central African country of Burundi, the Village Health Works Staff Housing,  by Louise Braverman Architect, serves as off-grid digs for medical staff. The project was a winner in Category Two
The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
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The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
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The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
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The Garnegie Library of Pittsburgh Studio Hive, by GBBN Architects, serves teens in an underserved community. The project was a winner in Category One
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
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Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Weihnacht Huts, by NAD, won a Category One award with 35 craft exhibit huts for an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open-air Christmas market)
goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
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goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
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goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
AIA's Small Project Awards highlights projects small in stature and cost, such as this novel self-propelled floating sauna by goCstudio
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AIA's Small Project Awards highlights projects small in stature and cost, such as this novel self-propelled floating sauna by goCstudio
goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
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goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
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goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
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Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
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Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
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Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
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Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
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Linear Cabin is located in Alma Lake, Wisconsin, and was designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The family retreat won a Category Two award for its contemporary take on traditional Wisconsin cabins
Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
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Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
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Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
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Deployable Smocked Porch, in Winterset, Iowa, was designed by Substance Architecture. The project won a Category One award and is conceived as a shady respite that can be deployed in Iowa's towns and cities
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
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St. Pius Chapel & Prayer Garden, in New Orleans, was designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and won a Category Two award. It is designed as a quiet refuge for reflection and contemplation
Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
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Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
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Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
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Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
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Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently revealed the winners of its annual Small Project Awards. Comprising nine projects that are small in stature and relatively small in cost, highlights include a self-propelled floating sauna, a colorful girl scouts' camp, and a mobile dentist shoehorned into a trailer.

The awards are split into two categories. Category One concerns small projects with a construction budget up to US$150,000, while Category Two highlights those under $1,500,000. This latter category may not sound all that cheap, but AIA says that compared to a typical architect-designed project, it is.

A few highlights are shown below, all winners can be seen in our gallery.

Wa_sauna – goCstudio

goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes
goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna is a Category One winner and was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating, self-propelled sauna to Seattle's lakes

goCstudio's novel Wa_sauna was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to bring a floating sauna to Seattle's lakes.

The Category One winner is legally classed as a self-propelled vessel and measures just 7 x 7 ft (2.1 x 2.1 m), resting atop a 8 x 16 ft (2.4 x 4.9 m) deck and floatation barrels. Users get their sweat on with a small and efficient wood-burning stove, and the sauna itself is propelled by a quiet, battery-powered electric motor.

Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner – El Dorado Inc

Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline
Kansas City's Camp Prairie Schooner, by El Dorado Inc, won an award in  Category Two with an architect-designed trail center that includes a dining hall, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, archery range, swimming pool, and zipline

Camp Prairie Schooner, located near Kansas City, won a Category Two award for its architect-designed girl scouts trail center. The project includes a dining hall, five permanent units, two buildings for troop use, a 40 ft (12 m) rappel tower, an archery range, a swimming pool, and a zip-line.

The bunk houses feature a combination of fluted polycarbonate glazing and painted concrete board over a rain screen at each end, creating a colorful effect that very much enlivens the buildings' design. Inside, there's custom pendant lighting designed by a former girl scout.

Studio Dental – Montalba Architects

Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer
Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects helps make the trip convenient. A winner in Category Two, the project comprises a fully-fledged dental service packed into a trailer

Nobody likes going to the dentist but at least Studio Dental, by Santa Monica, California's Montalba Architects, makes it more convenient by being mobile. A Category Two winner, the project consists of a fully-fledged dental service shoehorned into a 230 sq ft (21 sq m) trailer.

Despite having such little space to work with, the architects installed a waiting area, sterilization room, and two rooms for conducting the actual dental surgery. Acoustic foam was installed throughout to aid sound dampening, while the the back door of the trailer folds down to enable air circulation.

Source: AIA

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