Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

The Best of Small Spaces

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Small spaces have been on our mind (check out our June 2009 "Think Smaller" issue), and they’ve also been on the minds of the American Institute of Architects.

The national architects’ association recently honored 20 architecture and design firms by naming them recipients of the fifth annual Small Projects Awards. The projects range from homes to offices to bus shelters but all share the theme of efficiency. Click the “View Slideshow” at the top right-hand corner of this post to view eight of our favorite projects from the pool of honorees.

The Accessory Building is accessible from the street through the courtyard. Though it’s currently used as an art…
The Accessory Building by mcfarlane green biggar Architecture and Design was designed as a small office in the midst…
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Inspired by covered wagons of yore, the Mobile Chaplet was formed by weaving over two hundred 30-foot-long rods across…
This temporary Media Arts building in Cleveland, Ohio, by
Space is at a maximum in this small urban infill home in Bozeman, Montana. To keep the second floor open but allow…
Movement is an inherent part of this small-space solution, and it comes as no surprise that the architects were…
The Dominey Pavillion by Lightroom Studio is sited behind the Decatur, Georgia, home of family of Case Study House…
The outdoor living room features a fireplace inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian “heart of the home” hearth…
This bus shelter by
The roof of the one-story house is supported by four V-shaped glulam columns to reduce obstacles for the resident with…
This 1,380-square-foot home in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin, was gutted and renovated by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The…
The house is wrapped on three sides with a rain screen of weathering steel panels. On the northern facade, a clerestory…
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