Featured Large House

the copper-clad upper level, trapezoidal in section, yields angular interior volumes and expansive views.

Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va.

Grand Award: Custom Home / More Than 5,000 Square Feet

A wooded point of land on the shore of Virginia's Lake Anna presented architect Robert M. Gurney and project designer Claire L. Andreas with the perfect stage for this strikingly sculptural weekend retreat.


Less Than 3,000 Square Feet

Glen Park Residence, San Francisco

Steep, tight, and questionably legal, this San Francisco site was just the ticket for...

 Grand Award - Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
 RainShine House, Decatur, Ga. 
Robert M. Cain, Architect, Atlanta 
With its symmetrical facade and a front setback matching that of surrounding houses, this modernist composition fits comfortably among its more traditional neighbors. This LEED Platinum–certified house puts a check in every column: passive solar, active solar, rainwater collection, natural daylighting and ventilation, energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems, resource-conserving materials, a tight building envelope, low-VOC finishes, and no-irrigation landscaping.

RainShine House, Decatur, Ga.

As an exercise in green design, this LEED Platinum–certified house puts a check in...

the plan of this sod-roofed house dodges the mature oaks that dot its site.

Carmel Valley, Calif., Residence

Sometimes an architect's highest calling is to lead clients away from what they think...


3,000 to 5,000 Square Feet

the main house and guest quarters face each other across a courtyard enclosed by a garden wall of concrete block and cast glass.

Zeidler Residence, Aptos, Calif.

“It's really about volumes and voids.”

Sherriff Residence, Chestertown, Md.

In a rural enclave experiencing an influx of vaguely traditionalist suburban-style...

the translucent central staircase distributes light throughout all three floors.

Laidley Street Residence, San Francisco

This modern San Francisco townhouse's sophisticated design, cutting-edge construction...


5,000 Square Feet and Above

traditional materials and forms help this contemporary home fit into its neighborhood.

Bethesda, Md., Residence

The jury commended architect David Jameson's ability to fuse the traditional style of...

Glen Echo, Md., Residence

Geometry is destiny for this house on a wooded site outside Washington, D.C.

a 9-foot wall faced in cor-ten steel buffers car traffic.

San Diego Residence

Hard cases make bad law, or so it is said in the halls of justice. In the field of...