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

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

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

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 emphasize 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 specialized housing.

Check the winners out below.


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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The home has a back courtyard that faces a garden.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 neighborhoods.

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3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes
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Will Crocker

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

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3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes
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Will Crocker

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

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3106 St. Thomas, designed by OJT, winner in production homes
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Will Crocker

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing
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Paul Vu

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

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Mariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing
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Paul Vu

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.”

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Mariposa1038, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, winner in multifamily housing
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Paul Vu

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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Crest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialized housing
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Iwan Baan

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.

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Crest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialized housing
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Iwan Baan

“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.”

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Crest Apartments, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, winner in specialized housing
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Iwan Baan