Just Big Enough- Green Housing for ALL design competition (2018)

The Just Big Enough-Green Housing for ALL was a design competition will help us highlight how we can create very small very green housing that is affordable to people left out of the green housing market, and find a design solution to some surplus city-owned lots.

The competition was sponsored by the City of Northampton, co-sponsored by American Institute of Architects Western Massachusetts, and supported by the Boston Society of Architects Foundation and the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Thanks to our sponsors who underwrote the prizes that go to the first and second place winners.  We would not have done this competition without them: Kent Hicks Construction, PV Squared, rkMiles.

Entries (16 in all)

C&H Architects

Crosskey Architects- SECOND PRIZE WINNER (high marks for clarity of concept, floor plan is zoned well, set the tone with public-private-service, good way to look at clustered housing, great outdoor spaces)

Cunbei Jiang-- Kathleen Lugosch

Elisah Bettencourt-- Kathleen Lugosch - shout out for particularly strong design concept

Fitch Architecture and Community Design - shout out for attention to social considerations

Guy Vigneau

Jake Porter

Kuhn Riddle Architects - PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER and shout out for conceptual rigor and thoroughness

Lepre and Hinrichs- shout out for great model

Pari Riahi Architects- shout out for spectacularly beautiful living space

Piers-Gamble -- Kathleen Lugosch - shout out for promising innovation in construction technology

Shelby Schrank

Simple City Studio- FIRST PRIZE WINNER (Great strong plans, has a little edge to it, best energy performance data, outdoor spaces built into homes, appreciated inclusion of utility room and bicycle storage, best wall section)

Stephen Schreiber

Thomas Douglas Architects- HONORABLE MENTION (rock solid planning, met all criteria, appreciated how massing of buildings were connected with outdoor boardwalk, strong materiality, good scale)

TIA Architects


Just Big Enough-Green Housing for ALL architectural design competition announcement & registration

REVISED Plan--location of three homes for the Just Big Enough competition

Approved Site Plan Approval plans for the site as PDF (will be revised to be consistent with the design competition)

Approved Site Plan Approval Plans for site in AutoCad 2000 DWG (to be revised)

REVISED GRADING PLAN (not yet approved by Planning Board) in DWG

REVISED PLANTING PLAN (not yet approved by Planning Board) in DWG

REVISED SITE PLAN (not yet approved by Planning Board) in DWG

Questions, contact Wayne Feiden at WFeiden@NorthamptonMA.gov

Thank you to our Just Big Enough-Green Housing for ALL jury:

Michael Davis, FAIA, President, Bergmeyer Associates, Boston

Li Ling Young, Senior Energy Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington, VT

Brian Mac, AIA, Principal Architect, Birdseye, Richmond, VT

RFP for affordable housing developers for the three lots in the competition (Habitat for Humanity selected)