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.

     

practice

  • 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.

     

residential architect design awards

project of the year

custom / more than 3,500 square feet

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • running cedar, orlean, va.

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

     
  • 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.

     

custom / 3,500 square feet or less

  • 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.

     

renovation

  • ocean beach residence, san francisco

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     

restoration/preservation

multifamily

  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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

     

single-family production / attached

  • 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.

     
  • house of the papyrii, alys beach, fla.

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

     

single-family production / detached

  • 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.

     
  • 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

     

Affordable

Adaptive Reuse

campus housing

  • 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.

     
  • 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

     
  • 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.

     

architectural interiors

outbuilding

  • writer's studio, ghent, n.y.

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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • 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.

     

kitchen

  • live, dine, sleep, reno, nev.

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

     
  • riverbank residence, stamford, conn.

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

     
  • reykjavik, iceland

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

     

architectural design detail

on the boards

  • 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

     
  • 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.

     

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.