The AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards have been announced and ArchiCAD firm, Wrap Architecture has won an award for its “Safe House” design. The city-wide competition that celebrates small-scale work and emerging firms is now in its fourth year. Recently thirteen projects out of a field of 96 entries were recognized at a ceremony held at Architectural Artifacts.

The team at Wrap Architecture, Cheryl Noel, Ravi Ricker, and Liezel Pimentel, designed a home that is intended to withstand strong and disastrous storms, particularly high winds such as those that caused massive property losses in Joplin, MO back in 2011. Cheryl Noel says they focused on overcoming the obstacle of providing a form that can maintain a continuous structural load path from the roof to the foundation. safe house wrap arch 1 “It’s a building with insulated concrete forms – which achieve the structural load objective while also cutting the end users’ energy bills in half,” says Ricker. “The design calls for a pattern-printed concrete roof, roll-down shutters and fixed stainless steel screens that are rated to withstand a wind force of 175 mph. There is also a safe room for secure shelter during a storm event.” Congratulations to the team on their award winning design!

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