2003 RADA

  • residential architect design awards 2003

    From more than 575 entries, judges of the fourth annual residential architect Design Awards chose 27 winners. Robert Gurney wins top prize for his blue ridge farmhouse addition.

     
  • tick hall reconstruction, montauk, n.y.

    When a 1997 fire destroyed a summer residence in Montauk, N.Y., the home's owners weren't the only ones who mourned. The 113-year-old building, known as Tick Hall, was designed by Stanford White and sited by Frederick Law Olmsted, and its loss represented a significant blow to the architectural...

     
  • mckinley bathroom, omaha, neb.

    When a Home Depot opened up in Omaha, Neb., it sparked a subversive idea in local architect Randy Brown's mind. "You can buy a bath there and basically plug it into your house," he says. "We decided to do the opposite."

     
  • fiat lux "let the light flow," del mar, calif.

    Because of a local law, 80 percent of the homes in Del Mar, Calif., are built partially underground. The dilemma that created for Jack B. Smyer II was how to deliver natural light to the basement bathroom of this house.

     
  • belvedere lagoon residence, belvedere, calif.

    This sunny little sitting area snuggles up to a handsome stone wall, which demarcates indoor and outdoor and public and private spaces of a renovated waterfront home.

     
  • p + d house, omaha, neb.

    The attention lavished on a fireplace and built-in television cabinet in this suburban remodel impressed the judges. Architect Randy Brown actually tore a hole into the side of the house to line the TV up flush with the wall.

     
  • the wellington neighborhood, breckenridge, colo.

    The Wellington Neighborhood stands out not only for its architecture and master plan but also for its reclamation of a truly hardscrabble site. Previously home to a dredge mining operation, the land was severely damaged and pocked by great boulders.

     
  • d.c. residence, washington, d.c.

    Unlike politics, architecture has second acts. This original kitchen was outdated, extremely dark, and cut off from the rest of the house, says Ralph Cunningham, but it's reincarnated as a light-filled space with a felicitous floor-plan flow.

     
  • phillips row, washington, d.c.

    The transformation of a forlorn school building into a sparkling complex of 14 single-family homes earned Suman Sorg, FAIA, high marks from judges. They admired her careful use of 19th-century proportions and the way the new Phillips Row houses fit seamlessly into a historic Georgetown neighborhood.

     
  • waterloo heights apartments, los angeles

    Koning Eizenberg Architects faced the usual affordable-housing challenges: making the design look customized when it had to be generic to meet budget; standing up to building officials and contractors who ask why details must be done well; and overcoming the resistance of neighbors.