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Best of Instagram 2017 - Blue Lake Retreat

This shot of the Blue Lake Retreat, designed by Lake|Flato Architects, was one of AIA National's most popular Instagram photos of 2017.

With over 23,000 followers, AIA members and architecture enthusiasts alike have flocked to AIA National's Instagram feed for photos of beautifully designed projects from around the globe. The following images were AIA's most-liked in 2017, featuring award winners and renowned projects that stand out visually.

The Six Affordable Veteran Housing

Architect: Brooks + Scarpa | Photographer: Tara Wujcik | View on Instagram

The first Skid Row Housing Trust project to be built outside of downtown LA, this 2017 AIA Award for Architecture recipient was based on the principals of housing first, harm reduction, and design equity.

VIA 57 West

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group | Photographer: Iwan Baan | View photo 1 and photo 2 on Instagram

This recipient of a 2017 AIA Housing Award combines the compactness, density, and intimacy of a classic courtyard building with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper. Its courtyard features views toward the Hudson River, thanks to a Bjarke Ingels design that keeps three corners of the block low and lifts the northeast corner up towards its peak.

VIA 57 West, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.

Centra Metropark

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox | Photographer: Michael Moran | View photo 1 and photo 2 on Instagram

A renovation of an 110,000-square-foot office building from the 1980s, this LEED Platinum project and 2013 AIA Award for Architecture recipient reimagines the suburban office park with a visually striking design.

Art Stable

Architect: Olson Kundig | Photographer: Point32 | View on Instagram

Built on an urban infill site that once housed a horse stable, this mixed-use building—and 2013 AIA Award for Architecture recipient—uses an enormous 80-foot-5-inch-tall hinge to manually open steel-framed windows and a crane to lift heavy objects into the units.

Centra Metropark, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.

Barnes Foundation

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Photographer: Michael Moran/OTTO | View on Instagram

When the Barnes Foundation art collection moved to Center City Philadelphia, this 2013 AIA Award for Architecture recipient was designed to honor the past while advancing its future.

Pennsylvania Farmhouse

Architect: Cutler Anderson Architects | Photographer: David Sundberg | View on Instagram

This family farm in rural Pennsylvania—a 2017 AIA Housing Award recipient—features large movable shutters that simultaneously cool the house and allow daylighting.

This beautiful look at the Blue Lake Retreat was AIA National's most-liked photo on Instagram for 2017.

Blue Lake Retreat

Architect: Lake|Flato Architects | Photographer: Andrew Pogue | View photo 1 and photo 2 on Instagram

This long, narrow three-story residence dramatically culminates at the top floor, set just above the tree line—providing nearly a 180-degree view of the lake beyond. These views, plus deliberate glimpses of the hillside, complement a unique design to make this 2017 AIA Housing Award recipient a visual treat across the board.

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Image credits

Best of Instagram 2017 - Blue Lake Retreat

Andrew Pogue

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