19 best homes of 2016 by American Architects, and they’re stunning –
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19 best homes of 2016 by American Architects, and they’re stunning

19 best homes of 2016 by American Architects, and they’re stunning

The American Institute of Architects has named the 10 winners of its 2016 housing awards.

These buildings won for their outstanding design and the way they integrate into their environments — whether its smart transitional housing for the homeless, a Hawaiian beachfront masterpiece, or a forested escape with a living room that you can dive out of (into a pond, it’s a real thing).

Feast your eyes on the abodes below.

1. The Hog Pen Creek Retreat in Austin, Texas was designed by Lake|Flato Architects. it has a 75-foot lap pool…..

.. and huge windows to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces.

2. Stunning mountain views envelop the Independence Pass Residence in Aspen, Colorado, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

3. It has what might be the coolest fireplace in the world.

4. Farmington, Minnesota’s Whitetail Woods Regional Park is home to these stately-yet-spry camper cabins.

5. They’re built from cedar and pine, so they obviously smell fantastic.

6. The Island Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, gives a modern interpretation of Hawaiian and Japanese architecture.

7. The lanai — that’s Hawaiian for deck — is perfect for catching the Pacific breeze.

8. The Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, is like an academic village.

9. The complex fits 1,500 beds in seven buildings, making for a communal feel.

10. In Los Angeles, Leo Daly designed Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing for the US Veterans Affairs service.

11. The complex has 55 much-needed apartments, as an estimated 4,000 veterans living without shelter in Los Angeles County.

12. Situated in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, the building at 1180 Fourth Street houses 150 low income families as well as 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. and formerly homeless households, plus 10,000 square feet of restaurants and retail.

13. The structure is all about community spaces — as embodied by this gorgeous courtyard.

14. Duvall Decker Architects designed the spacious Oak Ridge House in Jackson, MS.

15. It was designed to draw the residents out into the world around them. The pool helps with that.

16. Also taking full advantage of water is the Newberg Residence in Newberg, OR. You can literally dive into a pond from the living room.

17. Cutler Anderson Architects created one continual space from living room to kitchen — like a 2016 riff on Frank Lloyd Wright.

18. Cloverdale749 in Los Angeles is an honoree in multifamily living. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects created a modern, almost ephemeral design that stands in contrast to Southern California architecture.

19. Inside, it’s all zen elegance.

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