We are very honored to be part of the award-winning design, development and construction team receiving the 2017 AIA Kentucky Merit Award for construction less than five million dollars!

The York Street Challenge, a national design competition was organized by the North Limestone Community Development Corporation (NoLi CDC) as part of the LuigART Maker Spaces initiative which received an implementation grant in 2013 from ArtPlace America. The competition invited designers to generate designs that would allow the NoLi CDC to repurpose nearly forty contiguous ‘shotgun’ styled homes from the turn of the 20th century into affordable and highly flexible live-work spaces for makers and their families.

Click the image above to read more about all of the winning project teams.

Click the image above to read more about all of the winning project teams.

Our winning entry for this competition preserves the memory of the original homes while creating a design based on what we call open source format; a single plan that can be customized for each maker while fostering social and creative collaboration within the LuigART community.

130 and 142 York Street were completed in 2016 using Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) fabrication methods. The wood structures for both homes were assembled from pieces milled on our CNC machine that fit together like a puzzle. The pre-cut parts were delivered on pallets to the site then assembled using only rubber mallets, screw guns and a little elbow grease. 

The York Street Maker Spaces are a continuation into our research and development mission to challenge the boundaries of conventional architecture through making.

Framing pieces staged in Nomi's fabrication shop before delivery

Framing pieces staged in Nomi's fabrication shop before delivery

142 York Street, Lexington, KY

142 York Street, Lexington, KY

Impressive DIY mindset and commitment by the owner, as developer/master planner/designer, to enhance and transform a community. A fun place to live and work using the vocabulary of the shotgun house. Excellent use of advance technology to create this design solution, adding delight to the community.
— Jury Comments
Inside the maker space

Inside the maker space

Putting the pieces together

Putting the pieces together