2014 Gold Nugget Winners Book - page 54

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Judges Special Awards
Judges Special Award of Excellence –
Unique On The Boards Land Plan Solution
Morgan Farms
Lamoni, IA
Builder:
Bjorland Construction
Developer/Architect/Planner:
A2 Collaborative
Judges Statement:
The Judges were impressed with this delightful and thoughtful landplan. Inspired by the neighboring Amish farms that clustered houses and barns
together. The planners design a wonderful farm-like community with “victory gardens” for the residents to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers at the center of each
housing cluster. Martin birdhouses are placed along the highway to signal you have arrived at the community and provide natural inset-control to the victory gardens. A
country atmosphere is maintained by preserving about 50% of the site as open area, incorporating the natural prairie grass as landscaping and positioning the homes to
focus on beautiful views across the meadows and ponds.
A large community barn is adjacent to the highway, incorporating an Amish store and is hared by homeowners and the community for wedding receptions and bar-
b-ques. The architecture emulated the surrounding Amish farm vernacular, generating a charming and elegant architectural palette of white skinned structures with
glistening black metal roofs. 1 and 2 story plans ranging from 1500 to 3,500 square feet with full basements, plus granny units above detached garages are incorporated
to add charm and diversity.