By Loretta Williams. Located in an affluent Dallas suburb, this 181-unit apartment community is so well designed it won over a local planning board and area residents opposed to multifamily housing in their neighborhood. "Our goal was to design these multifamily units to resemble the neighboring high-end, single-family homes," says architect Paige Close. "And we succeeded."

This "big house" concept is a clever way to do high density and disguise the maze of apartment buildings. French, Mediterranean, and classic styles with brick and stucco faccedil;ades were used in the five building types, which are similar in scale, proportion, and quality of materials to the homes in the adjacent neighborhood. Local zoning dictated that building heights be less than 35 feet to the top of the roof. Restrictions were met with a two-story construction that included hiding the garages behind the faccedil;ades in a basement and then scaling the first floor 3 feet off grade.

Photo: Steve Hinds Photography

Category: Apartments; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: Looney Ricks Kiss, Memphis, Tenn.; Builder: C.F. Jordan Residential Construction, Dallas; Developer: Echelon International, Winter Park, Fla.; Landscape Architect: Warren Mccormick And Associates, West Palm Beach, Fla.