Parcel D design wins honors |

Parcel D design wins honors

Aspen’s Studio B Architects recently won three awards for its proposed design of the Burlingame Parcel D affordable housing project.Ironically, it’s not the design the city chose to build at the site next to the Aspen Business Center.Studio B Architects received the Western Mountain Region AIA Merit award, the State of Colorado AIA Merit award and the Colorado Western Chapter AIA Honor award. The Honor award is the top American Institute of Architects award, followed by Merit and Citation.”It’s unusual for a project to win awards from all three AIA divisions, so we’re obviously very pleased,” said Scott Lindenau, principal of Studio B Architects, in a press release. The design was the only unbuilt project among the 197 submissions to the Western Mountain Region AIA. It competed against projects that were constructed, he said.Studio B’s design emphasized affordability by minimizing disturbance of the sagebrush environment through low excavation costs, while focusing on “livability” by providing each unit with at least one opening onto a rooftop garden, terrace or courtyard, according to Lindenau.Prior to the announcement of the awards, the Aspen City Council chose the design of Cottle Graybeal Yaw Architects of Basalt for Burlingame Parcel D a 39-unit affordable housing project that is now under construction. The city held a competition to design the project.Studio B isn’t upset it didn’t win the city’s contest, but was pleased to see a “visionary” design recognized by the AIA, Lindenau said. “The great majority of the work we do is residential designs for private clients,” he said. “It’s wonderful to get the opportunity to work with the public sector on affordable housing, which is a singular challenge.”In 2001, Studio B Architects won the Western Mountain Region AIA Honor award for its design of Aspen’s Seventh & Main affordable housing project. In this year’s round of awards, Studio B also won the Colorado Western Chapter Merit award for the Nicoletti residence on Park Avenue in the East End.

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