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PB Design Awards: 33 award-winning projects that capture today's market
Now in its second year, the annual Professional Builder Design Awards honor the best of the best in residential design.
URBAN INFILL - GOLD AWARD
Symphony Park at Strathmore
North Bethesda, Md.
Distinction through design creates a dramatic sense of community for the residents of this enclave of historically inspired brownstones. The reserve integrates within a campus-like setting adjacent to the Music Center at Strathmore, affording access to a variety of cultural offerings.
This community provides unparalleled home design with detailed facades, molded brick, wrought iron Juliet balconies, and cast stone entries. Features that establish a unique sense of communal identity include a cobblestone entry, elegant brick walkways, detailed European-style gardens and mews, and ornamental fountains at the Gateway to Strathmore.
The team incorporated the best elements of urban planning, landscape design, and period architecture to create a harmonious reserve of refined townhomes. The homes were fashioned in the European brownstone style with well-designed floor plans to address contemporary lifestyle needs. Each four-story unit includes a top-level loft and two large rooftop terraces.
“Every aspect of the project, from the hardscape to the architecture, is very well done,” said judge Donald Evans. “You know it is special when you can see yourself living there.”
URBAN INFILL - SILVER AWARD
Classics at Sterling Park
Palo Alto, Calif.
This site — originally zoned as light industrial — transitions to residential with the plot having four distinct edge conditions. Located in the Eichler neighborhood, the architecture takes elements from the surrounding mid-century homes: low-sloped shed roofs, interlocking blocks with horizontal siding, and corner windows.
The edge conditions required unique solutions, resulting in a balanced and complete transition. The eastern edge, which borders the 101 Freeway, contains three-story townhomes and flats that create an attractive barrier to “protect” the rest of the site. Moving west, the density reduces with varying housing types — three-story townhomes and small family dwellings down to conventional dwellings. Three-story townhomes and small family dwellings form the two neighborhood parks, one in the northern half and one in the southern half.
“I like the product mix, which gives the community a ‘limited edition’ feel,” said judge Donald Evans. “The architectural character is retro contemporary — a style that is so popular with urban dwellers returning to the city.”
URBAN INFILL - BRONZE AWARD
The 2012 New American Home
Winter Park, Fla.
Local codes represented the largest obstacle for this project. Excessive setbacks, height limits, square footage restrictions, and previous area requirements dictated many of the basic design elements. Largely influenced by the city’s “wedding cake” plan that prohibits the alignment of first and second floors, the architect overcame these challenges with an indoor/outdoor plan that maximizes the use of space on the lot.
The back of the house is taller, with no windows; as a result, the living room area became unusually long with a solid west wall. The solution? Transform the living room into a gallery to exhibit the homeowner’s art collection. A custom-made stone veneer — the same stone used on the home’s exterior — accents the solid wall to create textual warmth in the room. The east wall features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that provide abundant natural light and can open the room to the side courtyard.
“The straight-forward exterior seems to blend perfectly with the site,” said judge Larry Garnett. “The layout does a superb job of creating very expansive views while maintaining privacy.”
Submitter: Phil Kean Designs (architect, builder, interior designer)