March 2009 Table of Contents

From the Editor
From the Editor back to the bauhaus box

Given the country's dire economic state, many pundits are predicting a shift from the conspicuous consumption of luxury products to more humble displays. Read more

an unsentimental educationPractice an unsentimental education

As an undergraduate at Auburn University in 1994, Jonathan Tate, a white suburban kid from Huntsville, Ala., signed up for Rural Studio, where he helped to design one-of-a-kind “charity houses” on a shoestring budget. Read more

Residential Architect Design Awards
habitat 825, west hollywood, calif.2009 RADA habitat 825, west hollywood, calif.

Issues with neighbors often arise during the design of a new multifamily building. Read more

Custom / More than 3,500 square feet
modern barn, wainscott, n.y.2009 RADA modern barn, wainscott, n.y.

Sited by an agricultural preserve in one of Long Island, N.Y.'s most exclusive enclaves, this new building wraps three floors of high-style living in a package that reads from afar as more potato barn than trophy home. Read more

sagaponac house, bridgehampton, n.y.2009 RADA sagaponac house, bridgehampton, n.y.

Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects challenged convention with this residence in the Houses at Sagaponac development on Long Island, N.Y. Read more

running cedar, orlean, va.2009 RADA running cedar, orlean, va.

The architect and the owner, a landscape architect, worked in tandem from day one of this project—and it shows. Read more

outpost, central idaho2009 RADA outpost, central idaho

In the high-desert landscape of sagebrush, scorching winds, and boundless sky, a house needs to be “hard on the outside, soft on the inside—like a Tootsie Pop,” says Tom Kundig, FAIA. Read more

Custom / 3,500 square feet or less
sheldon gatehouse, cle elum, wash.2009 RADA sheldon gatehouse, cle elum, wash.

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

hooper's island residence, church creek, md.2009 RADA 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. Read more

diamond project, san francisco2009 RADA 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. Read more

cottage, guilford, conn.2009 RADA 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. Read more

cinco camp, brewster county, texas2009 RADA 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. Read more

ocean beach residence, san francisco2009 RADA ocean beach residence, san francisco

The client for this San Francisco addition hoped to leave the original 1950s house as unaltered as possible. Read more

ferrous house, spring prairie, wis.2009 RADA ferrous house, spring prairie, wis.

"Pedestrian suburban house turns into a little jewel.” That's the way our judges summed up this raised ranch makeover, and we could not have written a better headline. Read more

woodway residence, woodway, wash.2009 RADA woodway residence, woodway, wash.

The renovation of this vintage mid-century home bears Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's hallmark moves: the choreographed passages, the connection to the land, and the sense both of exuberance and calm. Read more

Restoration / Preservation
marcel breuer “house in the garden” (lauck house, 1950), princeton, n.j.2009 RADA marcel breuer “house in the garden” (lauck house, 1950), princeton, n.j.

A few judicious moves reclaimed this vintage Marcel Breuer home, whose design was based on a house he exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in 1949. Read more

four stairs: addition and renovation to a historic virginia farmhouse, great falls, va.2009 RADA four stairs: addition and renovation to a historic virginia farmhouse, great falls, va.

Presented with a diverse collection of buildings, Barnes Vanze Architects restored the architecturally significant structures and inserted a glassed-in room to unify the house. Read more

morris square, charleston, s.c.2009 RADA morris square, charleston, s.c.

Allison Ramsey Architects re-energized an abandoned downtown Charleston, S.C., lot with 34 housing units that our judges lauded as “wonderfully contextual.” Read more

abbot kinney lofts, venice, calif.2009 RADA abbot kinney lofts, venice, calif.

Equinox Architecture, Culver City, Calif. Drawing inspiration from the eclecticism of Venice, Calif., Equinox Architecture designed Abbot Kinney Lofts as an antidote to the stark white contemporary boxes going up in the neighborhood. Read more

the clure project, duluth, minn.2009 RADA the clure project, duluth, minn.

Despite their radical break with tradition, the three black cubes dotting this hillside received no negative feedback from their blue-collar neighbors. Read more

22 west condominiums, washington, d.c.2009 RADA 22 west condominiums, washington, d.c.

Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington, D.C. The site for this luxury condo building is in a re-emerging section of Washington, D.C., but its location—next to an operating service station and wedged between two converging traffic arteries—made it less than Read more

Single-family production / attached
thin flats, philadelphia2009 RADA thin flats, philadelphia

Design/build firm PLUMBOB LLC subdivided two vacant city lots and inserted these eight condos that blend contemporary interiors with energy-efficient, sustainable living. Read more

house of the papyrii, alys beach, fla.2009 RADA house of the papyrii, alys beach, fla.

Despite tight constraints, Khoury & Vogt Architects designed this spacious, light-filled house with an efficient plan. Read more

Single-family production / detached
the six, tucson, ariz.2009 RADA the six, tucson, ariz.

The houses in this Arizona infill development didn't have anywhere to turn. Built on the back sections of deep lots, four of the six face private drives and the fences of nearby buildings. Read more

yanonali court, santa barbara, calif.2009 RADA yanonali court, santa barbara, calif.

This Santa Barbara, Calif., infill project stands out for achieving LEED Platinum and doubling the area's typical density, but it also blends smoothly with the neighborhood's Sp Read more

paseo senter at coyote creek, san jose, calif.2009 RADA paseo senter at coyote creek, san jose, calif.

David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP, and Kevin Wilcock, AIA, created a pedestrian-friendly main street through the middle of this affordable housing community—a move the judges applauded. Read more

casas las granadas, santa barbara, calif.2009 RADA casas las granadas, santa barbara, calif.

Peikert Group Architects, Santa Barbara. Detlev Peikert, AIA, squeezed a long list of “must-haves” onto a tiny piece of land. Read more

Adaptive Reuse
parker flats at gage school, washington, d.c.2009 RADA parker flats at gage school, washington, d.c.

Bonstra | Haresign Architects converted an abandoned public school building into 92 loft-style condos with two levels of underground parking. Read more

Campus Housing
ucla southwest campus housing, los angeles2009 RADA ucla southwest campus housing, los angeles

The judges praised the character and scale of this master-planned graduate student community on the edge of historic Westwood Village in Los Angeles. Read more

claremont mckenna college residence hall, claremont, calif.2009 RADA claremont mckenna college residence hall, claremont, calif.

CO Architects, Los Angeles. Tasked with inserting new student housing among existing 1960s-era structures, CO Architects tucked this new residence hall to one side of the site and configured the building with three wings to create outdoor courtyard spaces Read more

the gateway, baltimore2009 RADA the gateway, baltimore

On an urban site bisected by a major highway, RTKL saw an opportunity to display to tens of thousands of passersby what exactly happens in an art school. Read more

Architectural Interiors
piedmont farm, howard county, md.2009 RADA piedmont farm, howard county, md.

According to Stephen Muse, FAIA, the biggest challenge to designing a large house lies in balancing variety and consistency. Read more

olympic tower residence, new york city2009 RADA olympic tower residence, new york city

The showstopping city views from this Manhattan pied-à-terre created a clear directive for architect Wayne Turett. Read more

chuckanut drive residence, bellingham, wash.2009 RADA chuckanut drive residence, bellingham, wash.

The Miller|Hull Partnership, Seattle. Architect Bob Hull, FAIA, and his staff judiciously deployed wood detailing inside this Bellingham, Wash., home. Read more

losa loft, san francisco2009 RADA losa loft, san francisco

This loft in San Francisco's Mission District was dark and cluttered before Joshua Aidlin, AIA, and his client got their hands on it. Read more

writer's studio, ghent, n.y.2009 RADA writer's studio, ghent, n.y.

A dark, quiet, enigmatic shape in the woods, this building responds to a very simple program. Read more

tower house, leander, texas2009 RADA tower house, leander, texas

Rather than remodel an old one-bedroom cottage as their main house, a Texas couple asked Andersson•Wise Architects to convert it into communal living space and to build this new tower for sleeping quarters adjacen Read more

the shack at hinkle farm, upper tract, w.v.2009 RADA the shack at hinkle farm, upper tract, w.v.

After purchasing 27 acres of land in Upper Tract, W.V., Jeffery Broadhurst, AIA, thought long and hard about what to put there. He ultimately came up with a “shack” that may be a step up from camping but still has arc Read more

the rolling huts, mazama, wash.2009 RADA the rolling huts, mazama, wash.

Tom Kundig, FAIA, likens his six Rolling Huts to “a little Thoreau hut on Walden Pond,” but Henry David Thoreau never had it so sweet. Read more

live, dine, sleep, reno, nev.2009 RADA live, dine, sleep, reno, nev.

For his own home and kitchen, Jack Hawkins, AIA, LEED AP, “wanted to see how small we could live.” Read more

riverbank residence, stamford, conn.2009 RADA riverbank residence, stamford, conn.

Joeb Moore, AIA, intended this white-and-stainless steel kitchen to both please and surprise. Read more

reykjavik, iceland2009 RADA reykjavik, iceland

The owner of this penthouse pied-à-terre overlooking the Atlantic Ocean uses it primarily to entertain business colleagues. Read more

Architectural Design Detail
laidley street residence, san francisco2009 RADA laidley street residence, san francisco

Lise de Vito and Jim Zack, AIA, lavished attention on the design of the skylight-topped staircase in their San Francisco townhouse. Read more

kokoris residence, san francisco2009 RADA kokoris residence, san francisco

Architect Mark Jensen, AIA, took the goal of curb appeal seriously with this façade makeover. Read more

On the Boards
the bayou district at park city, new orleans2009 RADA the bayou district at park city, new orleans

When Hurricane Katrina roared through New Orleans, it devastated the already deteriorating St. Bernard Housing Development. Fast-track plans to demolish and rebuild the area resulted in this design our judges calle Read more

truro dune house, truro, mass.2009 RADA truro dune house, truro, mass.

The owners of this Cape Cod acreage want to take advantage of its ocean views and white sand beach without damaging the delicate dunes. Read more

workspace salmela architect

Sun-drenched white walls, taut wood, and trim slate-gray floors are trademarks of David Salmela's Scandinavia-inspired architecture. Add a cobalt blue conference table and precise stacks of white project boxes, and you have his Duluth, Minn., workspace. Read more

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