2011 residential architect Design Awards

by meghan drueding, cheryl weber, leed ap, nigel f. maynard, and bruce d. snider

The 2011 residential architect Design Awards recognized 40 outstanding residential projects in 15 categories.


project of the year

the "art doors" on the rear of the building act as owner-controlled portals for furniture and large pieces of art.

Art Stable, Seattle

Olson Kundig Architects' Art Stable in Seattle represents an elegant way to densify a city.

Art Stable, Seattle

Olson Kundig Architects' Art Stable in Seattle represents an elegant way to densify a city.


custom / 3,000 square feet or less

the owner requested a compact building footprint to maximize the outdoor space.

Hampden Lane House, Bethesda, Md.

Our judges praised the composition, materials, and the porch of this suburban infill...

a high roof slopes down from each end to a trough that sends rainwater to a metal cistern. a flat lower roof is planted with native grasses.

Port Townsend Residence, Port Townsend, Wash.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed this house at the northern edge of the Olympic...

mahogany panels warm the metal and fiber-cement exterior.

Allee House, Mount Airy, Md.

A pin-oak allee, planted in 1994 by the farm's owners, is the gateway to this house...

the house sits on a platform to give the impression of floating on its vast, grassy site.

Glass Farmhouse, Eastern Oregon

On a rural Oregon site, Jim Olson designs a glass farmhouse.

plenty of built-in storage helps keep the interiors looking pristine.

Weekend House on Lake Superior, Schroeder, Minn.

Julie Snow's weekend home on Lake Superior defers to its serene natural environment.

seen from the rear, the colored frames of the home's apertures glow in the light.

OS House, Racine, Wis.

This home acheives LEED certification on a limited budget.


custom / more than 3,000 square feet

Lily Lake Residence, Dalton, Pa.

Our judges appreciated that the new house designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson defers to the original.

when the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

Slaughterhouse Beach House, Lahaina, Hawaii

A Hawaii beach house by Olson Kundig Architects opens up to its spectacular site.

an inviting mix of black lueders limestone and ipe greet visitors as they approach the austin, texas, home.

East Windsor Residence, Austin, Texas

This home by Alterstudio Architects embraced its site and reaped the rewards.



Cedar Street Residence, Tempe, Ariz.

Separate buildings facing a private courtyard form an innovative suburban live/work dwelling.

a walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

Watergate Apartment, Washington, D.C.

The Watergate's famous circular geometry posed interior challenges for Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect.

the buildings existing exteriors were simply repainted; new portions consist of vertical cedar slats that also function as a rainscreen.

The Finn Lofts, Wichita, Kan.

In Wichita, Kan., el dorado infuses new life into an old warehouse.

substance unified this homes warren of rooms and connected everything to the verdant site with new windows and large porches that provide solar protection.

322 Reinvented, Iowa City, Iowa

This 1941 house, covered in standing seam metal and tongue-and-groove fir, is now open to its large site.

a desk/fold-away bed, fold-down dining table, and under-floor storage compartments help maximize space.

Finger | Kennedy Apartment, New York

This small apartment makes much from very little.



new materials contrast with the antique timbers, setting up a dialogue between old and new.

Yachiyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Two 100-year-old buildings form the core of a strikingly modern new home.

a computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

Record House Revisited, Owings Mills, Md.

This project succeeds by using an elegant mix of materials that both define and weave together the new floor plan of a notable 1960s home.

the dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

Restoration of the Luis Marden House, McLean, Va.

A lot of effort went into the restoration of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright home poised above the Potomac River rapids.


adaptive reuse

this old cork factory was redeveloped into a vibrant, mixed-use apartment complex with commercial, retail, and entertainment.

The Cork Factory Lofts, Pittsburgh

This 1901 cork factory was given new life as a mixed-used apartment complex.



one madison park (left) cuts a svelte figure in the manhattan skyline thanks to a design concept in which pods cantilever from the buildings main shaft.

One Madison Park, New York

One Madison Park is a study in proportion and lightness.

residents of the lofts at cherokee studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

Lofts at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

Brooks + Scarpa's Lofts at Cherokee Studios feature an operable façade of perforated metal.

a row of townhouse-style units faces the ninth-floor terrace and pool deck.

930 Poydras Residential Tower, New Orleans

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple designed welcoming social spaces into a 250-unit building.

weinstein a/u staggered the building's fenestration to convey more of a residential feeling than an institutional one.

Seattle Care Cancer Alliance Patient House, Seattle

Weinstein A|U's Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient House creates a nurturing, healing environment.

scale and mass helped these five modern townhomes play nice with the existing structures in a memphis arts district.

GE5, Memphis, Tenn.

These new townhomes use mass and scale to fit into their surroundings.


single-family housing

the sustainable residence's southern exposure facilitates passive solar. active systems, such as photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine, also contribute to the project's sustainability.

Modular 4, Sustainable Residence, and Prescott Passive House, Kansas City, Kan.

A university design/build program explores new territory in single-family housing.

windows and doors hug the corners of the building, maximizing reflected light within.

The Park Box, Portland, Ore.

Built on a budget, this duplex supports quality of life with quantity of (day)light.


campus housing

the new dormitories continue princetons campus-planning tradition of creating courtyards and continuous walkways through buildings. the east wing encloses the memorial courtyard, where curved ramps provide ada-accessible paths connecting primary campus circulation routes at grade with lower-level spaces of the butler commons.

Butler College Dormitories, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

The limestone striations on these dormitories create light and shadow and hark back to Princeton's old stone buildings.



another view of the landscaped courtyard, which is accessible from each of the building's 42 units.

West Hollywood Housing, West Hollywood, Calif.

West Hollywood Housing creates a supportive environment for special-needs residents.

building walls are 8-inch-thick precast concrete with thin brick cast into the molds at the street faades.

Rosa Parks Apartments, Chicago

Rosa Parks Apartments is not your typical affordable project.


light commercial

the architects also added bedrooms and living rooms to the two upstairs studio apartments.

Locust Street Addition, Philadelphia

Two architects inserted a sliver of an addition into an existing commercial space.

stainless steel mesh screens on teak nailers provide security and communicate quality.

Job Site Trailer, Wayzata, Minn.

On a rough-and-dirty construction site, this job trailer creates just the right image for its owner, a high-end contractor.



a 4-inch-thick wood entry door welcomes visitors to the pavilion, used as a tea house, meditation room, and stage for family musical performances.

Tea House, Bethesda, Md.

This elegant pavilion by David Jameson Architect takes the tea ceremony to a new level.

built with recycled materials, the structure features an 8-foot-tall barn door, a wood stove, and laminate floors.

Signal Shed, Wallowa County, Ore.

This outbuilding is a study in simplicity and thrift.



oriented toward a family room/screening room and open to an outdoor pool deck, this kitchen balances illumination with a large skylight over its work area.

Ridgeline House, Pasadena, Calif.

An extensively remodeled kitchen opens onto a family room that doubles as a film screening room.



simple forms, utilitarian components, and abundant south light lend this new bath an astringent clarity.

Little Farmhouse Bath, Douglas County, Kan.

The porch-turned-bathroom of this farmhouse features floor-to-ceiling warehouse sash glazing.


on the boards

living spaces, divided into separate zones for men and for women, cluster around a walled central courtyard.

Suliman House, Juba, Sudan

This proposed residence, for an extended family in Sudan, reflects the country's...

this neighborhood revitalization plan cuts land development costs with low-impact site planning.

Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Vision Plan, Benton, Ark.

Low-impact development and innovative home design offer the potential to revitalize a...

the brick-sided buildings strike a balance between modernism and traditionalism. in the dallas area, brick masonry also is very economical.

Prototype Housing for Modest Means: Reverse Engineering the Rent, Dallas

A scalable site plan of four-plex units offers renters the promise of home ownership.


architectural design detail

stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

Steel Stair, Seattle

A stair of perforated steel and solid steel plate brightens a once-dark stairwell.

anchored at floor and ceiling, the living room shelving unit supports a gas fireplace and flat-screen tv housed in the same aluminum surround.

Kit of Parts, Washington, D.C.

Simple materials combine to form a flexible and elegant storage solution that leaves the existing interior architecture intact.

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