2019 Best of Design Award for Unbuilt – Education: Ambrosia

Designer: Gensler
Location: Los Angeles

Ambrosia, which is largely composed of modular units that are manufactured off-site, aims to move beyond the strict economy and repetitiveness generally associated with factory-built housing. The design provides a spatial and social framework that encourages interaction and enables each resident to take an active role in defining their living situation and place within the community. Different surface treatments, such as perforated metal siding, orange and white stucco, and polycarbonate, are deployed to lend the project a unique character in response to varying urban conditions. Multiple amenity spaces, including bike storage, staff offices, a courtyard, and a community garden, are provided for its residents. The hallways and corridors are exposed to further activate the building and strike a balance between privacy and connectivity.

Modular Supplier: Factory OS
Landscape Architect: TINA CHEE landscape studio
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers
Civil Engineer: KPFF
MEP Engineer: FARD Engineers

Honorable Mention

Project Name: Little Berkeley
Designer: Kevin Daly Architects

Digital rendering of the exterior of two residential buildings and an alleyway that runs inbetween then

Unbuilt — Residential: Honorable Mention: Little Berkeley (Courtesy Kevin Daly Architects)

Project Name: Stump House
Designer: PARA Project

Digital rendering corner view of a frame of a gable roof house

Unbuilt — Residential: Honorable Mention: Stump House (Courtesy PARA Projects)

Editors’ Picks

Project Name: Aqualuna
Designer: 3XN

Project Name: Mass Timber: Micro Unit
Designer: Studio Ames

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