Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Hive 50 Honors

For breathing life, safety, sustainability, and comfort into 12,000 square feet of long-vacant infill space in Sacramento, Calif.

What You Need To Know

Oak Park Housing in Sacramento, Calif., is a 2019 AIA award-winning residential project from Milwaukee-based architecture firm Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The project, which won honors in the one- and two-family production homes category, features a cluster of six 1,503-square-foot single-family homes that serves as a proof-case in infill acupuncture. “Carefully proportioned to echo the massing and scale of the area’s existing building stock, the houses are simple, two-story volumes. Their appearance is crisp but deliberately playful, in a nod to the progressive spirit permeating the neighborhood. The buildings’ south façades transform into an articulated field of vertical metal louvers that act as both sunscreen and compositional device. The metered spacing of the louvers sets up a dynamic cadence, their prismatic colors complementing the homes’ otherwise neutral, muted tones and cheerfully reverberating the vivid, kaleidoscopic hues of the buildings and murals nearby.”

Who’s Involved

Indie Capital bought the 80-foot-by-140-foot multifamily-zoned lot as a single parcel, and Johnsen Schmaling Architects’ Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, served as principals-in-charge, while Matt Wendorf, Ben Penlesky, P.J. Murrill, Angelina Torbica, Andrew Cesarz rounded out the project team. Structural engineering was by Core 4 Engineering.

Time Stamp

The Oak Park Housing project was completed in 2017, and emerged as an AIA Housing Award winner in 2019.