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Consilium Design Wins Best International Community Award

February 15, 2015

For Immediate Release


Contact: Craig L Karn



Phone Number: 303.224.9520


Consilium Design Wins Best International Community Award

Consilium Design of Centennial, CO has won the 2014 Best in American Living Award (BALA) –

Gold Award for international community design.   The award was presented at the recent National

Association of Home Builders Annual International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV.  The award is for

The Hillside Village within the Sun Kingdom master planned community in Chongqing, P R China.


Consilium Design’s concept for the Hillside at Sun Kingdom was inspired by our client’s commitment to create an “essence of lifestyle” built upon highest quality design that has become the finest residential neighborhood in China. The community design presented a cross cultural blend of Chinese and North American designs to complement the environment.

Features of the plan include:

  • Designed neighborhood entry that creates a unique “hillside village gateway”
  • Integrated turf pocket parks into the interior of the neighborhood, not a common feature in China
  • Each home site characterizes its individualized orientation, view, and location within the neighborhood
  • Strategically located specific home designs with dramatic architectural features to accentuate the silhouette of the site
  • Attractive edge along golf with varying architectural style and orientation of homes
  • Homes sited to maximize views to greens, clubhouse, landscape features.
  • With a 164 ft. elevation change, home sites are tiered on slopes to create dramatic views
  • Interior open space amenities increase value of interior home sites
  • Each cul-de-sac and intersection is designed to be a distinctive signature space

Mr. Gao Xiao Dong, the developer eloquently concluded that residents will “fall in love with the community and villas will select the residents. The home will become a part of their life story.”  His words have become reality!

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the international peer group of judges to win this prestigious

award.  This award is the culmination of thousands of hours of work by our design team and our Client,   Chongqing Loncin Real Estate Group Co, Ltd, who made our plan come to life so beautifully,” shared Craig Karn, President and Principal of Consilium Design. The common thread of pragmatic land planning and landscape architecture principles that we wove together with the developer resulted from our mutual respect for the land.  We accomplished the vision and mission in a unified consensus along with the governing jurisdiction to deliver a community that became a thriving and sustainable residential environment. The sales results, the real award, were remarkable with sales greatly exceeding projections.”

“The Best in American Living Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovation in residential design,” noted 2014 BALA Chairman Stephen C. Moore, senior partner – marketing at BSB Design, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa.  “We are proud to have a long history of honoring those who set the bar high by encouraging creativity, originality and imagination in our industry.”

The Best in American Living Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by builders, developers, and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not, and should not be, limited to high-priced and/or custom home product. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award when they showcase good design.


Craig Karn, ASLA, ULI, is the principal of Consilium Design, and land planning, landscape architectural and urban design firm headquartered in Centennial, Colorado.  Excellent design, exceptional experience, and effective communication are hallmarks of this nationally and internationally acclaimed team. For more information please contact Craig Karn at or 1.303.224.9520