The following six finalists exemplify the best in residential architecture. The skillful use of site integration, scale and proportion, materials, detail, and natural light in these projects clearly demonstrate the value of a collaborative relationship between client and architect.
This residence is located in a suburban neighborhood characterized by old growth pine, rolling hills and modest mid-century homes. The owners sought a minimalist and private environment that integrated interior spaces with an open-air exterior including a courtyard, lap pool and cabana-carport. The design is rigorous and symmetric, yet unexpectedly kinetic in its spatial sequence and genteel use of controlled daylight.
This classic 1920′s bungalow has been completely renovated and respectfully enlarged. The front of the house maintains the scale of its neighbors, with a new large dormer set above a new metal roofed porch. A butterfly roof is the highlight of the house and creates a living space that reaches into the natural site. Inside, its exposed ceiling structure uses Douglas fir and metal trusses supported on a steel beam.
Affordable materials and agricultural stereotypes are brought together in a unique space for a creative and passionate family to live and work. For the architect, the client presented an opportunity and a challenge: design a progressive, thoroughly contemporary house on a limited budget. The home, much like an old barn, is a constantly evolving element in the landscape.
Ferguson-CrowtherLouis Cherry Architecture
The Ferguson-Crowther home began with a 3,800 SF, one-story ranch and became a 4,500 SF, two-story modern home. The house sits uphill from the street, so sight lines are controlled with an entrance court wall that blocks views from the street and creates a more choreographed entry. A mature Japanese maple, which defined the original entrance, was preserved and became an important design element.
This adapted home blends an open floor plan family space with refined guest quarters. The renovation replaced a converted garage with a new, well-lit family room and kitchen that open to a recessed courtyard at the south and an elevated terrace on the north. The house’s new, formal, rear entrance greets guests between terraced gardens and twin carriage houses under a wood trellis.
Stoneridgein situ studio
This 1980’s house has been transformed to suit the client’s needs while maintaining the original house’s integrity. The gable roof over the living and dining room has been lifted, creating a two-story wall of glass. Skylights are strategically located to brighten darker spaces. The main house and addition take on different forms and are set apart from one another to distinguish between old and new. A new entry connects the two.