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HEALDSBURG RESIDENCE | Architect's Challenge 2015 Best in Show Winner

A Look Back at the 2015 Architects Challenge

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We are in the homestretch of the Architects Challenge, and if you’re an architect, today is your last day to enter. And if you’re a homeowner, get ready to see some amazing projects. To get excited, we thought we’d take a look back at the Architects Challenge 2015. This year marked the first time that awards were given to separate segments. The judging panel awarded prizes in the following categories: Best In Show, Best Contemporary, Best Transitional Home, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition, Best Commercial, and Honorable Mention. The public also voted to choose our Showdown winner. Here is a little bit about each winner. We can’t wait to share the 2016 winners with you!

Best In Show
Architect Name: Nick Noyes
Architecture Firm: Nick Noyes Architecture
Location: Healdsburg, CA
This single-family residence is composed of four iconic metal-roofed gabled wings that are connected by an open breezeway and transparent entry and passage zones fabricated from a steel window-and-door system. The employment of passive and active solar strategies, along with the use of salvaged wood and sustainable products such as composite siding, metal roofing and Marvin clad windows and doors combine to create a maintenance-free exterior and an environmentally responsible building. The flexibility that Marvin products afford played a large role in this project. The range of sizes, options and details offered by Marvin allowed a design with very exacting standards.

Best Contemporary
Architect Name: Cathy Schwabe
Architecture Firm: Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Location: Russian River, CA
Designed for a photographer and a writer as a multipurpose space for painting, drawing, writing, photography, creative dreaming, making holiday meals, hosting small workshops, and overflow guests, this 864-square-foot building with porch and terraced extensions frames the top of the hill above a small existing dwelling. Large, colorful wall panels at the interior serve as accents for the otherwise white walls, and open to reveal workspaces. Two work areas borrow light and space from the main room. Light in the main studio space is brought in from windows and doors on all four sides, as well as through skylights. Openings are placed within reasonable proximity to one another, but on separate walls to take in light from more than one orientation at the same time. Options, performance and beauty all played a major part in deciding on Marvin Window and Door products.

Russian River Studio 7

Best Transitional Home
Architect Name: Mark Larson
Architecture Firm: Rehkamp Larson Architects
Location: Lake Minnetonka, MN
This all-new Lake Minnetonka home is both grand and comfortable. Facing Brown’s Bay, a continuous wall of glass looks out over the water while connecting all the public spaces of the home from end to end. Rich wooden texture adds to the cozy exterior feel, while expansive views of the rolling yard open up the interior. An art gallery within the large, ground-level hallway acts as the main spine of the home. Marvin made the continuous wall of windows possible, providing an ever-present view of the lake and surrounding site.


Best Traditional New Construction Winner
Architect Names: Michael Ward & Tyler LeMarinel
Architecture Firm: Allard Ward Architects
Location: Nashville, TN
This Nashville, Tennessee, home is a modern interpretation of an English country house. The design strived to create a home with a sense of transparency, offering great views and ample natural light. On the exterior, simple rooflines, masonry details, and fenestrations make for a contemporary nod to an English county house and to the revival architecture of the early 20th century. Inside, the open floor plan and Marvin Ultimate Casement windows pull natural light all the way to the center, creating bright and elegantly livable spaces.

Green Hills Residence 3

Best Remodel/Addition
Architect Name: Jacob Albert & J.B. Clancy
Architecture Firm: Albert, Righter, & Tittman Architects, Inc. with Sally Berk Assoc. AIA
Location: Indian Lake, NY
Collaborating with a homeowner who has professional experience as a historian and an education in architecture, this remodeled cabin developed as a truly unique expression of Adirondack design. Taking care to avoid certain clichés and ornamentation, the addition paid close attention to detail, honored the spirit of the old cabin, and provided a more expansive interior. The surprising tower form was inspired by old fire towers perched on Adirondack mountain tops. Clad windows from Marvin proved compatible with the vibrant color scheme of the original wood windows and trim and afforded stunning lake views.

Adirondack Camp 6

Best Commercial
Architect Name: Lee Dobrinz
Architecture Firm: JLG Architects
Location: Fargo, ND
Situated on Broadway Street in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, the Loretta Building was once an easily overlooked remnant of days gone by. Now, 100 years after its original construction, the building has become one of the downtown area’s most vibrant centers of commerce. By using new materials and some existing resources in the renovation, the designers were able to combine the character of yesterday with furnishings that suit modern tastes. Marvin products were helpful in this process. The windows recreated the original character with a more efficient design that improved air filtration, reduced heat loss, and increased energy savings. The Loretta Building has become a pillar of historic Broadway Street.

Loretta Building 1

Honorable Mention
Architect Name: Jennifer Palermo
Architecture Location: Palermo Edwards Architecture
Location: Newark, NJ
This project involved the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of a single-family mansion into seven units of affordable housing in Newark’s Forest Hills Historic District. The building had been abandoned for over 20 years and had sustained significant damage from neglect, water infiltration, and vandalism. Approximately 20 percent of the existing white oak, double-hung windows and transoms were salvageable—the rest had to be wholly replicated and replaced in a cost-effective manner. Marvin created custom wood windows for the project within the tight 1/4″ tolerances allowed by the Secretary of Interior’s standards, enabling this project to obtain approval from the local Historic Preservation offices and qualification for Federal Historic Tax Credits.

Forest Hills Restoration 2

Honorable Mention
Architect Name: Patrick Ahearn
Architecture Firm: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Timeless in its appeal, this new construction, turn-of-the-century-style home offers modern living amenities with an open floor plan, a rooftop walkway, and several custom touches that take advantage of the spectacular coastal views. The design was intended to appear as though the house had been added onto over time. Marvin assisted in achieving the final look by providing several custom windows and doors, including a unique eyebrow-shaped window on the rooftop above the entryway. These unique windows not only add to the home’s 1920s appearance, they also provide necessary protection to withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions.

Chatham Gambrel 3

Honorable Mention
Architect Name: Christine Albertsson
Architecture Firm: Albertsson Hansen
Location: Madeline Island, WI
The design of this seasonal retreat was inspired by the homeowner’s childhood memories of summers spent on the Maine coast. Bringing this narrative forward, the project combines contemporary efficiency with the feeling of a rustic summer cottage. Marvin windows and doors were smoothly integrated into the precise details of the exterior envelope, enhancing the warm, wood quality of a classic American cottage. The way in which these products became a part of the overall architectural expression rather than standing out as an inserted product was a testament to the flexibility that Marvin can offer.

Madeline Island Retreat 2

Honorable Mention
Architect Name: Paul Matheny
Architecture Firm: Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors
Location: Guntersville, AL
This Alabama lake retreat features natural materials and construction methods characteristic of a late 19th-century Adirondack camp. The 5,000-square-foot home has large living spaces, a game room, a gourmet kitchen, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and numerous patios and porches for outdoor relaxation. The Adirondack camp style drove the design from the beginning, and the resulting home utilized stone masonry, white cedar logs, and birch bark veneers to achieve the desired rustic character. Large fixed clad casement windows from Marvin provide expansive views of Guntersville Lake, while crank-out casements with removable screens bring in the lake breeze. On the interior, Marvin wood trim blends seamlessly with the array of wood species and finishes used throughout.

Great Camp Lake Retreat 10

Showdown Winner
Architect Name: Mark Nelson
Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Location: Saint Paul, MN
This completely renovated duplex is located on historic Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota—one of the country’s premier and best-preserved historic residential areas. Because of this, the builders had to meet strict requirements from the local Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) to maintain the home’s 1924 Mediterranean Revival style. After an on-site inspection showed that the windows were beyond repair, HPC determined that Marvin Wood Ultimate windows met the exacting federal standards and guidelines for preservation and rehabilitation. While the renovated house still retains its historic character and integrity, it also has 21st century technologies: new rainwater collection, geothermal systems, and a modern building envelope. Closed-cell spray foam insulation, and energy-efficient Marvin windows helped to complete the renovation along LEED silver guidelines.

THE VILLA RENEWED | Architects Challenge 2015 Showdown Winner