Architects Reimagine Micro-Apartments in Denver

International, National
Monday, June 17, 2013
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The "Micro Urban" proposal was awarded first prize.

The “Micro Urban” proposal was awarded first prize. (Courtesy Micro Ideas Housing Competition)

The Denver Architectural League asked architects and designers from across the world to reimagine the micro-apartment on a riverfront site by designing an eight-unit structure that diverges from the uninspired design of multi-family housing elsewhere in the community. Their Micro Housing Ideas Competition generated over 100 entries and a jury selected ten proposals for special distinction. The competition was inspired by a concern regarding a shortage of innovation present in Denver’s multi-family housing market. Members of the design community were given the opportunity to rework and establish the future of this specific sector.

The "Micro Urban" proposal was awarded first prize.

The “Micro Urban” proposal was awarded first prize.

The first place award of $3,000 was presented to Studio de Arquitectura y Ciudad based in Querétaro, Mexico for a project titled “Micro Urban.”

"Micro Units" was awarded second prize.

“Micro Units” was awarded second prize.

Tadeja Vidoni, Lea Ritonja & Inez Goessens of Alicante, Spain received second place for a projected called “Micro Units.”

"Microhousing/Macropossibilities" was one of two honorable mentions.

“Microhousing/Macropossibilities” was one of two honorable mentions.

Microhousing/Macropossibilities” by A43 Arquitectura from Vila Niva de Gaia, Portugal and a proposal by Ahmed Hamdi Architects from Cairo, Egypt earned Honorable Mention for their submissions.

All of the entries are available for viewing online. An exhibition of all the submissions opened on May 10 in Denver at the Temenos Gallery inside the design studio of Roth Sheppard Architect and will remain open for viewing through June 21, 2013.

A proposal by Ahmed Hamdi Architects received an honorable mention.

A proposal by Ahmed Hamdi Architects received an honorable mention.

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