Award Winners

Paradise Pond Apartments, Affordable and Transitional Housing (Northampton MA)
designed by PFRA + LDa Arrchitects, Joint Venture Partnership (Northampton MA)…Kohler + Lewis (M/E/P engineer, Keene NH); LeMessurier Consultants (structural engineer, Cambridge MA); Baystate Environmental Consultants (civil engineer, Longmeadow MA); Write Builders (builder, Northampton MA)

These thoughtfully designed apartments offer 12 homes for low-income families in transition, a full quarter of which are reserved for homeless families…The facility looks like it would be a great place to live…It fits well into the neighborhood…The overall tranquil environment is achieved by simple houses that are expressive and almost sylvan in color…The designers took care to make the best use from pared-down materials…Although there is little street presence the buildings are oriented almost like a quad and we imagined this shape may offer its residents a sense of enclosure and protection.