The American Institute of Architects has given a 2010 Institute Honor Award for Architecture to Step Up on 5th, an affordable housing project by Pugh + Scarpa Architects. The award will be presented at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami, June 10-12, 2010.
The new 46-unit mixed-use building provides a home and support services for the mentally disabled homeless population.
The main façade, made from custom water-jet anodized aluminum panels, creates a screen that sparkles in the sun and glows at night, while also acting as sun protection and privacy screens. The material reappears as a strategic arrangement of screens lending a subtle rhythm to the exterior circulation. South-facing walls filter direct sunlight, creating a sense of security for the emotionally sensitive occupants.
The project incorporates energy-efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy. The design emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies that make this building 50 percent more efficient than a conventionally designed structure. While California has the most stringent energy-efficient requirements in the United States, the building exceeds LEED standards and state mandated Title 24 energy measures by more than 30 percent.