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Quonset Housing Project ‘Caterpillar’ Wins 2021 Architizer A+Product Award

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Aerial view of Caterpillar project
The Quonset hut housing project ‘Caterpillar’ has won the 2021 Architizer A+Product Award for Best in Facades. 

SteelMaster’s Senior Project Manager Greg Broderick worked with the director of Prince Concepts, Philip Kafka, and architect Ishtiaq Rafiuddin of UNDECORATED to design Caterpillar, which has six special residential units and two live/work units in one large 46’ x 192’ SteelMaster Q-Model hut.

Architizer’s A+Product Awards is the largest awards program for architecture and building products, celebrated by a global audience of 400+ million. 

The program’s mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture around the world and to champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.

In an intensive judging process by a panel of specifying architects from over 50 of the world’s most sought-after firms, jurors evaluated products on key criteria including aesthetics,  performance, and impact.

“While functionality and longevity were key factors in deciding the victors, the makers of these products have shown that aesthetics need not be compromised; this year’s winners are a stunning exhibition of beautiful design,” said Paul Keskeys, Content Director of Architizer.

The Caterpillar is located right down the street from Prince Concepts’ first Quonset hut project, True North, in the Core City area of Detroit, Michigan.

Prince Concepts teamed up with architect Edwin Chan to create True North in 2016. It was the first time in 60 years that Core City saw a major development.

This team designed True North’s Quonset huts at different angles and in different shapes and sizes to create open, outdoor spaces to enhance the community feel of the area.