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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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2016
WinnerA+ Award for Student Work
Student
Jurgis Gecys, Austria
School
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
2020
WinnerA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Connery Friesen
School
University of Manitoba, Canada
2016
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Location
Zhengzhou, China
School
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, U.S.