KTGY Architecture + Planning Earns Coveted Gold Nugget Honors for Exceptional Concepts in Design and Planning

IRVINE, Calif. – Judges for the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards have recognized international award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning at its annual competition for the firm’s design of 13 different residential developments. The awards program honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and international. Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards were announced on June 28 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

The Gold Nugget Grand Award winners are as follows: 

VITAE. Image Credit: Tom Pellicer

Costa Mesa, CaliforniaDeveloper/Builder: Planet Home LivingArchitect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

These new homes in Costa Mesa are far from typical. Designers considered every detail, every step of the way, delivering modern living so the homes don’t just look and feel different but actually live better. This infill solution provides varied massing with intentional placement of two-story homes at project frontage to be more in line with the existing neighborhood. Striking home design blends contemporary with traditional architectural elements. Gable end roof lines are emphasized with a framework that brings attention to the geometry of the homes. The architecture maintains a modern flair with clean lines, simple forms and attention to detail. Standout design elements include warm, contemporary colors with stucco exteriors, traditional lapped siding and oversized windows to create sophisticated exteriors. 
Innovative open floorplans maximize their square footage, emphasize indoor-outdoor living, provide private yards and upper-level decks to enhance the connection to the outdoors. The homes also have flexible space that can be used an entertainment room, office, gym or art studio, craft space or ‘man cave.'Designed with the latest in energy efficiency and smart home technology, the homes include a myriad of features including Ring Video Doorbells, Nest thermostats, USB outlets, garage door opened from your phone, pre-wiring electric car charging and solar panels. The homes appeal to buyers that want a contemporary-style single-family home minutes to the beach and walking distance to restaurants, shopping, bars, a cinema, gym, bowling alley and more.

Global Premier Development
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

The new senior housing community is designed to deliver an assisted living community that boasts high-level design, community connectivity, and the ability to seamlessly transition into the memory care community next door when the need arises. The new building will be constructed on a surface parking lot serving the adjacent historic office building being renovated by the same developer. New construction references the materials and geometry of the 1920s era craftsmanship, seen in the adjacent building, in a modern metal-clad facade with perforated panels. Companion buildings offer city living for seniors with a continuum of care, ranging from assisted living to memory care. Shared garage and separate circulation lobbies allow for efficient movement to both buildings while preserving their unique identities. The use of glazing is extensive and creates a light-filled atmosphere. The building engages the city in three distinct expressions: a grand lobby at the street level, the second level terrace which serves as the building’s front porch, and a rooftop garden and terrace with long views to the ocean. This new senior community is planned so residents have vibrant common living areas that combine with the retreat of private rooms to make a home. The walkable neighborhood and its location next to the Los Angeles Metro’s Blue Line connects residents to Downtown Los Angeles and the greater region and makes visiting loved ones a breeze. 
The following residential communities and floor plans earned a Gold Nugget Merit Award: 

Luminaira. Image Credit: Tsutsumida Pictures

Developer: FivePoint and Related California
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

Luminaira’s primary goal was to create a sustainable, affordable neighborhood that is indistinguishable from market-rate housing. Inspired by Irving Gill architecture, the design boasts clean lines, elegant proportions, a neutral color palette and arched entries that establish a sense of arrival. The stacked flat apartments feature tuck-under garages to maximize outdoor space and community areas as well as provide parking for guests. Spacious two- and three-bedroom floor plans range in size from approximately 809 – 1,119 square feet. Each apartment home features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with Energy Star refrigerator and dishwasher, solid-surface countertops,
hardwood plank-style flooring, ceiling fans, large closets, some paid utilities, and outdoor private space. Residents have access to a social services center, complete with kitchen, media lounge, computer center, mailroom and play area. On-site supportive services include after-school programs and educational classes. Luminaira provides top-tier sustainable living at an affordable price and offers families access to schools in the award-winning Irvine Unified School District, community services and entertainment. Designed to achieve and awarded a Gold certification level in the GreenPoint Rated system administered by Build It Green, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy and resource efficient buildings in California.

Oakwood Olympic & Olive
Los Angeles, California
Developer: Lennar Multifamily CommunitiesArchitect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

Hope on Alvarado
Los Angeles, California
Developer: Aedis Real Estate Group
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

Los Angeles, California
Developer/Builder: Planet Home Living
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning 

Temecula, California
Developer: BRIDGE Housing
Architect – Phase II & III: KTGY Architecture + Planning

BEST MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING COMMUNITY – UNDER 15 DU/ACREVu at MacDonald HighlandsNorth Las Vegas, Nevada
Developer/Builder: Christopher Homes
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

BEST MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING COMMUNITY – UNDER 15 DU/ACREThe Brownstones at Chevy Chase Lake Chevy Chase, Maryland
Developer/Builder: EYA 
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

BEST AGE QUALIFIED SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY – FOR SALE/RENTCanvas at Valley ForgeKing of Prussia, Pennsylvania
The Bozzuto Group
Architect/Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning

BEST SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOME — 2,500 TO 2,999 SQ. FT.Ironwood – The Cobalt Plan Las Vegas, Nevada
Developer/Builder: Toll Brothers Inc.
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

BEST SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOME — 3,000 TO 3,499 SQ. FT.Granite Heights – The Topaz PlanLas Vegas, Nevada
Developer/Builder: Toll Brothers Inc.
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

Granite Heights – The Topaz Plan
Las Vegas, Nevada
Developer/Builder: Toll Brothers Inc.
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

The Homes at Deer Hill 
Lafayette, California
Developer/Builder: O’Brien Homes
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
Planner: KTGY Architecture + Planning | Gates & Associates
“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. 

Now in its 55th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

About KTGY Architecture + PlanningFounded in 1991, KTGY Architecture + Planning is a leading full-service design firm focused on residential and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization. KTGY seamlessly delivers innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple design studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. See www.ktgy.com


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