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AJR Atelier Jorg Rugemer’s Slim House provides a model for an approach to a narrow lot that provides a high-quality of living within an optimized footprint.

SALT LAKE CITY — AJR Atelier Jorg Rugemer and Redfish Development have been named the winners of Salt Lake City’s Home Innovation Competition for high-quality, innovative and affordable single-family home designs.

The competition was sponsored by the city’s Housing Innovation Lab, which was created in 2016 to advance innovation in affordable housing design, construction and finance through education, collaboration and experimentation.

“To address our affordable housing crisis in Salt Lake City, we must begin thinking innovatively and acting with clear resolve,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement announcing the winners. “Innovation will allow us to bring new housing types to neighborhoods across Salt Lake City, while respecting the size and character of our communities. This is what the innovation lab is all about.”

The competition encouraged designers and builders to develop new approaches to address the energy efficiency, sustainability, maintenance costs and affordability of new homes. The city received six proposals and selected two winning designs.

Both designs were based on compatibility with Salt Lake’s neighborhoods and could be adaptable in a wide variety of contexts within the city.

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AJR Atelier Jorg Rugemer’s Slim House provides a model for an approach to a narrow lot that provides a high quality of living within an optimized footprint. The city has entered a design contract with AJR to bring the design of the Slim House to reality on a city-owned lot. Groundbreaking is anticipated in 2018.

Redfish Development’s N3 design provides a net-zero model that focuses on sustainability and minimizing energy costs. The design team’s goal was a high-quality, minimalist aesthetic that is low maintenance and limits utility costs.