Olson Kundig, Heliotrope earn AIA awards


Two Seattle firms won American Institute of Architects 2011 Housing Awards for their Washington projects.

Designs by Heliotrope Architects and Olson Kundig Architects are among 18 that were honored.

The program, now in its 11th year, recognizes the best in housing design and promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity, sanctuary for the human spirit and valuable national resource, AIA said in a press release.

The jury recognized projects in four categories: one/two family custom housing, one/two family production housing, multifamily housing and special housing.

Heliotrope won in custom housing for North Beach Residence, a 2,070-square-foot house with two attached guest suites on Orcas Island. It was built by David Shore Construction.

Olson Kundig won in multifamily for 1111 E. Pike, a six-story condominium building with retail space in the Pike-Pine neighborhood of Seattle. It was constructed by Charter Construction and is owned by Anne Michelson.

Olson Kundig also won in the same category for Art Stable, a seven-story building with six live/work units, including a commercial space. The project is at 516 Yale Ave. N. in Seattleā€™s South Lake Union neighborhood. It was built by Exxel Pacific and developed by Point 32.

For more information on the winners, go to tiny.cc/9vc2y.