2010 myMarvin Architect's Challenge Winners

This custom-built family retreat draws on both the Vermont farmhouse tradition and the owners' Swedish heritage and minimalist style for a hybrid aesthetic that blends rustic country charm with a clean, contemporary spirit. Ideally proportioned and scaled, the villa's tilt/turn and double-hung windows and French doors create bright and energy-efficient interiors.

This contemporary glass pavilion clocks in at a modest 1,600 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling curved-head windows arc into the underside of its bowed roof, creating a nearly seamless flow between indoors and outdoors. The wall of fixed windows combines with sliding patio doors, casement, awning, and clerestory windows to create a sense of spaciousness inside and highlight the ceiling's architectural details.

While influenced by some of the more exuberant Arts and Crafts homes of the past, this house still exudes a quiet refinement. The selection of double-hung windows and French doors, as well as the mullion designs, were crucial to achieving the homeowners' desired aesthetic. A generous helping of double-hung windows and doors with glass lites flood interiors with light.

This contemporary and environmentally friendly shedlike retreat embraces its wooded hillside lot, combining diverse materials and design elements—including a wide assortment of window types. The architect lined nearly the entire back of the building with windows, pulling light and views inside.

Originally constructed in 1867 and expanded in 1878, the Smyrna Opera House needed extensive restoration and reconstruction, including the readdition of its fire-destroyed third floor and bell tower. Adding support facilities as part of the restoration, the architect also reproduced the building's original third-floor windows based on a few old photographs using Marvin's Custom Ultimate Double Hung Roundtop line.

This rural house melds classical composition with a modern aesthetic. Special detailing around the window exteriors and a deliberate overscaling of the ground-floor double-hungs infuse the house with a simple majesty reminiscent of the architect's inspiration: early New England architecture, Shaker meeting houses, and rural Italian churches.

Referencing the popular shingle style of its seaside summer community, this vacation retreat is oriented to take full advantage of its ocean views through large windows and a series of French doors along the back of the building. Repeating pointed dormers pair double-hung windows set at angles to maximize views.

The restoration and renovation of this historic bank building created leasable tenant space, updated for the 21st century. The original wood windows were replaced with new windows and an entry door, maintaining the natural rhythm of the building's façade while improving the indoor comfort. Aluminum stock moldings from Marvin were used to recreate a built-up trim around the entry, replacing the original limestone and terra-cotta moldings.

The architect created a flexible plan of three new units within the original structure of this poorly sub-divided San Francisco Victorian, allowing each unit to be inhabited individually or to be joined into one large home. Vertically scaled windows and 9-foot-tall French doors, combined with high ceilings, enhance the livability of the interior spaces and provide energy efficiency. 

In designing an addition for this 1,100-square-foot, 1930s creekside house, the architects retained its connection to the outdoors while controlling views to the neighbors and creating a sense of privacy. The new large-scale double-hung windows, which echo the house's original windows, wrap around two sides of the new addition on all three levels, providing exceptional views and pulling in light. (read more about this project)

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