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  • hartmann residence, fairfield, conn.

    As is so often the case on a difficult site, this narrow lot inspired a cleverly designed house that makes the most of its footprint.

  • the point house, montana

    This is a lovely house, set low, and doesn't make a statement," a judge said. But it has plenty to say about the landscape. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson devised a long, linear platform that treads lightly on the land.

  • sheldon gatehouse, cle elum, wash.

    A dark, gated wall lends intrigue to this small house in the forest.

  • hooper's island residence, church creek, md.

    Local barns and fishing shacks inspired the simple volumes and minimally pitched shed roofs of this residence on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

  • diamond project, san francisco

    Terry & Terry Architecture, Berkeley, Calif. Our jury appreciated the light-filled spaces in this house designed by Alex Terry, AIA, for his family.

  • cottage, guilford, conn.

    Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, Conn. Small buildings get attention because every detail is exposed, and there's a lot to admire on this accessory cottage in a meadow overlooking Long Island Sound.

  • cinco camp, brewster county, texas

    Rhotenberry Wellen Architects, Midland, Texas. Shipping container architecture is nothing new, but adapting the shells for living often undoes their built-in economy.

  • nest house, hurricane valley, ark.

    This retirement house in rural Arkansas is unlike anything you'll see in Florida or Arizona, but for the homeowners it makes perfect sense. “They had a strong appreciation for what we do,” says principal in charge Dan Rockhill, “and felt they could live w

  • lago vista guesthouse, beverly hills, calif.

    “Green! So many projects are serious, and this one is fun,” enthused a judge. He was referring to the strangely clad cube that rises up on the edge of a wide canyon.

  • the streeter house, deephaven, minn.

    The design of this house nestled between pond and marsh is all about controlling views. The site looks remote, but the hitherto “unbuildable” lot is actually wedged into a cluster of homes ringing a communal pond.