Introducing the finalists for the Marmalade home design competition

The  RDA will build a home on the vacant lot at 524 Arctic Court.  Image courtesy the RDA.
The RDA will build a home on the vacant lot at 524 Arctic Court. Image courtesy the RDA.

Just over a week since the grand-opening of the Marmalade branch of the Salt Lake Public Library, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake (RDA) and the Utah Heritage Foundation (UHF) have revealed the official entries for a design competition for an RDA owned vacant corner lot at 524 Arctic Court, just east of the future site of the new library branch.

Entry submissions were due February 29th.  Participants were asked to design an energy efficient, infill home on a 0.11 parcel.  The designs had to follow the national historic design guidelines and include off street parking for at least two cars.

Winning entries will receive a $2500 cash prize.  With two possible winners: a jury winner selected by the judges and a people’s choice winner selected by the public.  The RDA may also select an entry team to work as design consultants on the final project.

The ten official design entries will be on display in the Marmalade branch until voting closes.  The public can vote online until March 21, with the winners announced during the Heritage Awards at the end of March.

The Salt Lake City Council acting as the RDA Board of Directors approved the contest in its December meeting.  The RDA will lead the construction of the infill project after final designs are approved.  In the same meeting, council members stipulated that the final project will have an affordable housing component, around 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).  

Utah Heritage foundation came up with the idea of the design challenge.  The RDA and UHF will also collaborate to restore the 528 home through the Preservation at Work project.   The first Preservation at Work home was a 1,500-square-foot home at 571 N. Pugsley Street.

The RDA purchased the 524 lot and an adjacent historic bungalow at 528 Arctic Court, in 2015 with plans to renovate both lots and incorporate them into the Marmalade Block development. Both projects are part of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake’s Marmalade Block development, a redevelopment project for the area between 500 and 600 North on the east side of 300 West.

The RDA and UHF will also collaborate to restore the 528 home and will host a public open house at the property on Saturday March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Continue reading by clicking the numbers below to see the renderings of the final entries.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at