The most exceptional new homes in North America, according to architects

Bilyana Dimitrova150 Charles, an condo complex in New York City designed by COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design.

The American Institute of Architects has named the 11 winners of its 2018 Housing Awards.

These buildings won the prestigious recognition for exceptional designs that emphasise sustainability and are well integrated into surrounding environments. The jury – which consisted of five longtime architects – gave the awards to homes in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialised housing.

Check the winners out below.


Dubbed the Ghost Wash House, this residence sits along the hillside of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Bill TimmermanGhost Wash House, designed by Architecture-Infrastructure-Research, winner in custom residences

Along the windows, the house features a bar that shields its residents from the intense setting sun. The home spans 8,500 square feet and contains three bedrooms.

Bill TimmermanGhost Wash House, designed by Architecture-Infrastructure-Research, winner in custom residences

“The Ghost Wash House is not a house in the desert, but a house of the desert,” the jury wrote.

Bill TimmermanGhost Wash House, designed by Architecture-Infrastructure-Research, winner in custom residences

In Austin, Texas, the South 5th Residence offers residents a very large living-room window.

Casey DunnSouth 5th Residence, designed by Alterstudio Architecture, winner in custom residences

The building is partially made from a rare type of oak.

Casey DunnSouth 5th Residence, designed by Alterstudio Architecture, winner in custom residences

The home is “very innovative, as are the structural approaches to dealing with a difficult site,” the jury wrote, referring to Austin’s zoning requirements for building around existing trees.

Casey DunnSouth 5th Residence, designed by Alterstudio Architecture, winner in custom residences

Overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan, 150 Charles is a condo complex with a layered facade.

Frank Oudeman150 Charles, designed by COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design, winner in custom residences

Some of the condos’ living rooms open up to expansive patios.

Bilyana Dimitrova150 Charles, designed by COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design, winner in custom residences

“The use of green space throughout is exceptional,” the jury wrote.

Frank Oudeman150 Charles, designed by COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design, winner in custom residences

The design of the Underhill house in Matinecock, New York was inspired by the history of its location — an early Quaker settlement.

Michael MoranUnderhill, designed by Bates Masi + Architects, winner in custom residences

The home has a back courtyard that faces a garden.

Michael MoranUnderhill, designed by Bates Masi + Architects, winner in custom residences

The house has “a warm, welcoming modern design with a great use of wood and iron in its ceilings,” the jury wrote.

Michael MoranUnderhill, designed by Bates Masi + Architects, winner in custom residences

Stationed along a remote lake shore outside of Toronto, this two-story residence serves as a vacation home. Its architects call it the Bear Stand.

Nic LehouxThe Bear Stand, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, winner in custom residences

The 3,300-square-foot retreat sits on a site that spans nearly 100 acres. Its wooden interiors take inspiration from the surrounding woods.

Nic LehouxThe Bear Stand, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, winner in custom residences

“The project shows a deep commitment to understanding the site,” the jury wrote.

Nic LehouxThe Bear Stand, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, winner in custom residences

In Palm Springs, California, the Linea Residence G has a huge pool.

Mark BalloggLinea Residence G, designed by Poon Design Inc. and Prest Vuksic Architects, winner in production homes

The home had a very low construction cost — one fourth the price per square foot as its high-priced neighbouring residences. The architect has completed 200 similar homes in the Palm Springs region.

Mark BalloggLinea Residence G, designed by Poon Design Inc. and Prest Vuksic Architects, winner in production homes

Linea Residence G won because it was relatively affordable to build but didn’t sacrifice its modern design. “This house is remarkably beautiful and … accentuates the nearby landscape,” the jury wrote.

Mark BalloggLinea Residence G, designed by Poon Design Inc. and Prest Vuksic Architects, winner in production homes

This home at 3106 St. Thomas in New Orleans is the first unit of a proposed housing project called Starter Home. It would provide affordable homes in some of the city’s historic neighbourhoods.

Will Crocker3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes

The design makes use of its unusual location in a narrow alley beside a warehouse and two-family home.

Will Crocker3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes

The jury considered the project innovative because of the way the home makes use of a tiny lot at an affordable price.

Will Crocker3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes

The Navy Green project, a 450,000-square-foot apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York, transformed a former naval site into a housing development that covers nearly an entire city block.

FXCollaborativeNavy Green, designed by FXCollaborative and Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, winner in multifamily housing

The complex includes four affordable, multi-family residential buildings, two rows of market-rate townhouses, retail space, and a central green space.

Jeremy BittermannNavy Green, designed by FXCollaborative and Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, winner in multifamily housing

“The public green space is a fantastic amenity for all users,” the jury wrote.

Jeremy BittermannNavy Green, designed by FXCollaborative and Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP, winner in multifamily housing

In Los Angeles, Mariposa1038 sits in Koreatown, one of the city’s densest neighbourhoods. The building’s facade features an eye-catching window design.

Paul VuMariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing

All units have backyards or balconies and can be cooled by cross-ventilation. A rooftop deck provides skyline views.

Paul VuMariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing

The jury found Mariposa1038 “to be an exceptionally creative and appealing project.” The judges said: “Conceptually it’s quite simple, nonetheless it’s wholly unique and beautiful.”

Paul VuMariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing

In New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University recently built a dormitory complex in a 1920s Gothic style.

Peter AaronBenjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College at Yale University, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, winner in specialised housing

The complex holds Yale’s Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College. It features dorms with 904 student beds, a 300-seat dining hall, a common room, a library, a lounge for faculty and special events, and shared academic and recreation spaces on the lower levels.

Peter AaronBenjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College at Yale University, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, winner in specialised housing

“It’s stunning both in terms of its massive scale and and its careful attention to the tiniest architectural detail,” the jury wrote.

Peter AaronBenjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College at Yale University, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, winner in specialised housing

The Crest Apartments in Van Nuys, California provide housing for 64 homeless families, including 23 veterans.

Iwan BaanCrest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialised housing

The 45,000-square-foot project includes studio apartments, community spaces for residents, social-services offices, a communal kitchen, a laundry room, a residents’ lounge, and a community garden.

Iwan BaanCrest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialised housing

“This project does an excellent job of embracing and addressing every aspect of its location,” the jury wrote, adding that the building “embraces sustainability, low energy usage, and a healthy indoor living environment.”

Iwan BaanCrest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialised housing

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