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Applied Computer Online Services and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco are pleased to announce the 2012 Contest Winners:

A-2528 Robert Collins
1st place: Robert Collins (A-2528)
The Slim House is an architecturally superior design and stood above the other submissions. The Slim House provides a “smart urban solution” with excellent density that would work well in San Francisco or along transit corridors in San Mateo and/or Marin Counties. The design successfully addresses the ease of construction, an important factor for the volunteer built Habitat home. Stacked plumbing is key and the rooms are narrow but workable. The narrow lot size is typical for the region in which Habitat Greater San Francisco is building. More...
Additionally, smaller compacted outside spaces are becoming the norm and this design reflects that trend very well. Should Habitat Greater San Francisco implement elements of this design, modest adjustments would include changing the flat roof to a shed roof (slopes at 4:12 are volunteer friendly, cheaper and reduce water intrusion issues) and eliminating/reducing the pop outs, neither of which would hurt the intelligent floor plan.

“The Y parking configuration is ingenious and inventive.” Lou Vasquez

“The architect has designed a solution that fits for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco in a variety of municipalities we serve while providing the flexible floor plan that keeps our partner families as the focus.” Phil Kilbridge

“Units are detached which is a very positive move for buyers and future residents. The project handles high density well. It is good to see the design is appropriate for the typical San Francisco 25x100 foot lot, which indicates a difficult site planning task in an urban setting but an easier task in a more open suburban setting. Interior rooms work well with the exterior space creating enough privacy between units. Use of uncovered (open) parking demonstrates and appreciation for the building costs (building garages or covered parking increases project costs), money is better spent on living space. The driveway is long enough to accommodate guest parking. Additionally, the use of wood siding in random areas gives the project a more varied appearance over the project’s context, this material softens the typical urban concrete setting." Donald MacDonald

A-9834 Keith Rivera
2nd place:  Keith Rivera (A-9834)
An Everyday Modernism is a wonderfully designed suburban solution that can also provide higher density. The presentation is elegant with multiple options and a versatility to the design. The home would be comfortable to live in with a well laid out floor plan with a large kitchen and front and back door access. The outside space is expansive without sacrificing the living space for a family.  More...
The architecture is solid and the design friendly for volunteers to build. The home could be built on a wide variety of lot sizes and it lends itself well to odd lot shapes and would be very adaptable.

“I like the fragmentation in the decorative siding. It’s a nice touch, variety is human nature-this design takes that into account—you want decent differentiation.” Donald MacDonald

“Well thought out plan of exterior and interior space that is also simple to build. The garden space and ecological details are interesting to note. The diagrams of urban infill on different lot sizes is very meaningful to see how this can be carried out on larger scale projects. Use of longer driveway is an excellent opportunity for guest parking. Exterior materials allow a flexibility and visual variety so the units offer a sense of individuality when there are many placed on one site.” Donald MacDonald

“The modularity of the design, the consideration of a variety of site configuration alternatives, and the clear and attractive presentation of these concepts work very well for this entry.” Lou Vasquez

“I loved how the floor plan could be altered for a variety of different household types (e.g. ‘The flex space with separate entry accommodates a range of 21st Century Family Realities’).” Phil Kilbridge

A-9049 Niv Ben-Adi
3rd place:  Niv Ben-Adi (A-9049)
A Symbiosis of Community and Environment is a creative design that provides an open living plan and inventive design elements. This design took into account not just one family but a community of homeowners living together and addresses the shared/common spaces well.  More...
The homes could easily be built by volunteers (e.g. the sloped roof). This home would only work in a lower parking ratio zone (e.g. near transit) which can be a challenge in some of our suburban communities. The plan itself was a bit challenging to read and contained a few extraneous design elements that would likely not be implemented by Habitat Greater San Francisco.

“Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco already builds green so the design elements here related to sustainability could be implemented fairly easily.” Phil Kilbridge

“This is a difficult choice for 3rd place as I found the parking opportunities marginal. The site planning could work if it had a street on one side which would satisfy the 4 units to 1 parking space ratio in a transit corridor and provide an opportunity for parking. Contestant may have ignored parking due to ecological concerns or site planning but that is an unrealistic planning decision." Donald MacDonald

“Floor plan is well-executed. Common walk-way is an excellent way to create a focal point for the community. Concern for ecology was keenly noted by me, and I felt that’s what brought it into 3rd place. Excellent example of common use of a garden for stakeholders community interaction." Donald MacDonald

“The integrated common areas combining available open spaces to serve all of the residents is a concept that Habitat should more carefully explore.” Lou Vasquez

A-7235 Kevin U. Kara, Sunay Erdem, Günay Erdem; Erdem Architects
4th place:  Kevin U. Kara, Sunay Erdem, Günay Erdem; Erdem Architects (A-7235)
(online poll)