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Levee House shows how new residential developments could be better situated to densify neighbourhoods close to downtown Lawrence, Kansas, rather than contribute to the city’s sprawl. The home consists of three gabled buildings — a living quarters in front, a sleeping quarters behind it and a second residence that could be used as an accessory dwelling unit behind that.

All are styled according to Midwestern farmhouse vernacular but boast sustainability features (including a PV array and super-insulated envelopes) that earn the home LEED Platinum certification. Instead of arranging the buildings in a neat row, the team set each at an angle relative to the one in front. The result: a home that meanders, much like the river itself.

People’s Choice: A+ Award for Student Work
AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Levee House

Levee House shows how new residential developments could be better situated to densify neighbourhoods close to downtown Lawrence, Kansas, rather than contribute to the city’s sprawl.

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2019
WinnerA+ Award for Student Work
School
University of Waterloo, Canada
Team
Liyang Zhang with thesis supervisor Rick Andrighetti 
2013
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Aaron Choi and Diego Valencia, with Brett Berger, Christine Phu, Kim Stevenson and faculty member Philip Horton, Arizona State University
2022
People’s ChoiceA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Shree Kale and Anna Fritz
School
Rice University, U.S. (Professor Nicholas Gilliland)