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Powerhouse in Francisville wins AIA 2017 Housing Award

The 31 energy-efficient homes were designed by local firm ISA

Powerhouse in Francisville has won a 2017 AIA Housing Award.
Photos by Sam Oberter

As Curbed reported yesterday, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of its 2017 Housing Awards, and one Philly housing development made the cut.

Powerhouse, a 31-home community at 18th and Folsom streets in Francisville, was named the one of the 14 winners of the AIA 2017 Housing Awards.

Designed by Interface Studio Architects (ISA) and developed by Equinox MC and Postgreen Homes, the project was heralded for managing to fit a 31-home development into an urban block, as well as for including a diverse mix of townhomes and duplexes. The jurors also noted the “generous” entryways that were incorporated into the design, as an homage to the “Philadelphia tradition of entry stoops acting as mediators between public sidewalks and private residences.”

It’s not the only ISA-designed housing project that made the list: The Philly firm also won an award for their four-townhome Roxbury E+ project, located in Boston.

Like many of Postgreen’s projects, Powerhouse was also designed to be sustainable. Stormwater is managed onsite with green roofs and rain gardens along the curb.

Powerhouse was first announced way back in 2013 and broke ground that same year. They hit the market priced between $200,000 and $300,000 and are now fully sold out.