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BIG ideas and innovative design highlighted in this year's Small Project Awards

Klein A45, by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), is one of the 12 projects highlighted in the 2019 AIA Small Project Awards
Klein A45, by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), is one of the 12 projects highlighted in the 2019 AIA Small Project Awards
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Longs Peak Toilets was designed by Colorado Building Workshop
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Longs Peak Toilets was designed by Colorado Building Workshop
Longs Peak Toilets was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects measuring under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
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Longs Peak Toilets was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects measuring under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
Longs Peak Toilets is part of an effort to minimize human impact in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Longs Peak Toilets is part of an effort to minimize human impact in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Forest Park Bridges was designed by Fieldwork Design & Architecture
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Forest Park Bridges was designed by Fieldwork Design & Architecture
Forest Park Bridges is located in Portland, Oregon
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Forest Park Bridges is located in Portland, Oregon
Forest Park Bridges was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to US$150,000
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Forest Park Bridges was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to US$150,000
Forest Park Bridges offers safe and durable bridges in a popular hiking trail 
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Forest Park Bridges offers safe and durable bridges in a popular hiking trail 
Jarrett Street 12 was designed by Architecture Building Culture
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Jarrett Street 12 was designed by Architecture Building Culture
Jarrett Street 12 is located in Portland, Oregon
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Jarrett Street 12 is located in Portland, Oregon
Jarrett Street 12 was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up $1.5 million to construct
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Jarrett Street 12 was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up $1.5 million to construct
Jarrett Street 12 offers affordable housing in north Portland, Oregon
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Jarrett Street 12 offers affordable housing in north Portland, Oregon
Klein A45 was designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
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Klein A45 was designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Klein A45, by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), is one of the 12 projects highlighted in the 2019 AIA Small Project Awards
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Klein A45, by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), is one of the 12 projects highlighted in the 2019 AIA Small Project Awards
Klein A45 was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000
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Klein A45 was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000
Klein A45 is a prototype tiny house based on the classic A-frame cabin 
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Klein A45 is a prototype tiny house based on the classic A-frame cabin 
Klein A45 runs totally off-the-grid 
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Klein A45 runs totally off-the-grid 
Michigan Loft was designed by Vladimir Radutny Architects
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Michigan Loft was designed by Vladimir Radutny Architects
Michigan Loft was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects that measure under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
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Michigan Loft was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects that measure under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
Michigan Loft is located in Chicago, Illinois 
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Michigan Loft is located in Chicago, Illinois 
Michigan Loft involved turning a former automotive assembly plant into an attractive and modern home 
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Michigan Loft involved turning a former automotive assembly plant into an attractive and modern home 
Michigan Loft was designed by Vladimir Radutny Architects
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Michigan Loft was designed by Vladimir Radutny Architects
Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club was designed by Ibanex Shaw Architecture
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Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club was designed by Ibanex Shaw Architecture
Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club is located in Fort Worth, Texas
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Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club is located in Fort Worth, Texas
Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000
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Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000
Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club offers a safe and welcoming place for kids to play
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Northside Branch Entry: Boys and Girls Club offers a safe and welcoming place for kids to play
Prayer Space  was designed by debartolo architects
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Prayer Space  was designed by debartolo architects
Prayer Space is located in Gilbert, Arizona
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Prayer Space is located in Gilbert, Arizona
Prayer Space was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
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Prayer Space was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
Prayer Space was built for the Redemption Church 
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Prayer Space was built for the Redemption Church 
Prayer Space features beautiful wood detailing 
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Prayer Space features beautiful wood detailing 
Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was designed by Clayton & Little Architects
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Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was designed by Clayton & Little Architects
Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is located in Paso Robles, California
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Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is located in Paso Robles, California
Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
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Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn features solar panels 
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Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn features solar panels 
Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was part-built from salvaged materials
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Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was part-built from salvaged materials
South 5th Residence was designed by Alterstudio Architecture
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South 5th Residence was designed by Alterstudio Architecture
South 5th Residence is located in Austin, Texas
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South 5th Residence is located in Austin, Texas
South 5th Residence was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
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South 5th Residence was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
South 5th Residence was required to meet strict planning regulations 
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South 5th Residence was required to meet strict planning regulations 
South 5th Residence is a luxurious family home
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South 5th Residence is a luxurious family home
Squirrel Park was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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Squirrel Park was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Squirrel Park is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Squirrel Park is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Squirrel Park was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
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Squirrel Park was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
Squirrel Park makes innovative use of modified shipping containers to create four single-family homes
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Squirrel Park makes innovative use of modified shipping containers to create four single-family homes
Squirrel Park is envisioned as a park-like environment
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Squirrel Park is envisioned as a park-like environment
Sugar Shack Residence was designed by Alterstudio Architecture LLP
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Sugar Shack Residence was designed by Alterstudio Architecture LLP
Sugar Shack Residence is located in Austin, Texas
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Sugar Shack Residence is located in Austin, Texas
Sugar Shack Residence was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
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Sugar Shack Residence was awarded in Category Two, which honors projects that cost up to $1.5 million to construct
Sugar Shack Residence is situated next to a dramatic ravine 
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Sugar Shack Residence is situated next to a dramatic ravine 
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was designed by modus studio
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The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was designed by modus studio
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects that measure under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
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The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was awarded in Category Three, which honors projects that measure under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m)
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is part of an interactive education experience for children 
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The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is part of an interactive education experience for children 
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was designed by modus studio
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The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was designed by modus studio

Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honors outstanding projects that are built to a relatively small scale – both in size and cost – with its Small Project Awards. This year highlights a fine selection of architecture, including backcountry toilets, shipping container housing, a starchitect-designed tiny house, a stunning treehouse, and more.

The AIA 2019 Small Project Awards comprises 12 projects split into three categories: projects that cost under US$150,000 total budget, those that cost up to $1.5 million in construction costs, and those that measure under 5,000 sq ft (464 sq m). While the last two may not seem all that small, they are relatively so, at least in comparison to most top-tier architecture awards.

This year's theme is titled "Together we..." and recognizes projects that "engage the idea, and incorporate concepts and elements relating to this theme," according to the AIA. It was intentionally left open-ended to encourage interesting interpretation.

Klein A45 was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000
Klein A45 was awarded in Category One, which honors projects that cost up to $150,000

Klein A45 by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is a definite standout. The prototype model pictured above is currently located in Upstate New York and will eventually go into production and be made available to purchase.

It has a triangular form inspired by the classic A-frame, offering a maximum ceiling height of 13 ft (4 m) and a total interior floorspace of 183 sq ft (17 sq m). Inside, it includes a wood-burning stove, a kitchen area, a bathroom, and two sleeping areas. It also runs fully off-the-grid and is made from 100 percent recyclable materials.

The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens is also very well done. The beautiful shelter by Modus Studio is nestled in Ouachita Mountain hillside in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Raised on stilts, it features a facade made from 113 individual wooden fins, offering a semi-transparent space for children to play in. The structure was created to provide an interactive educational experience for visiting kids, and to try and encourage them to play in the woods.

Head to the gallery to see more on these and the rest of the projects featured in this year's AIA Small Projects Awards.

Source: AIA

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