The judges loved the way this Los Angeles residence handles natural light. “The use of light as a form-giver here is very dramatic and interesting,” said one juror. Architect Zoltan E. Pali gathered the home’s simple rectilinear shapes around a south-facing courtyard and pool. Nearly all of the walls on the courtyard side are glass, allowing Southern California’s abundant sunshine to illuminate the interiors through much of the day. A beautifully textured travertine wall edges the north side of the main living space and is constantly washed with light from an unobtrusively placed skylight. “We wanted to bring light in from the top,” Pali explains.

Entrant/Architect: Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a), Culver City, Calif.; Builder: Dugally Oberfeld, Bel Air, Calif.; Landscape architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco; Interior designer: Simon Hamui Interiors, Mexico City; Living space: 9,268 square feet; Site: 0.7 acre; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography.

Resources: Bathroom fittings: Hansgrohe,; Bathroom fixtures: WETSTYLE,; Cooktop/oven: Miele, www; Exterior siding: Parklex,; Flooring (carpet): Bentley Prince Street,; Flooring (ceramic tile and stone): Ann Sacks,; Garbage disposal: InSinkErator,; Hardware: Valli & Valli,; HVAC equipment: Armstrong Air,, York,; Kitchen cabinets: Del Tongo,; Kitchen fittings: KWC,; Kitchen fixtures: BLANCO,; Lighting fixtures: Venini,; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Farrow & Ball,; Refrigerator: Thermador,; Skylights: Lane-Aire,; Windows: Fleetwood Windows & Doors,