Wide Open Spaces: This passive home responds to its topography and balmy climate with a symphony of retractable walls and doors.
Ciro Coelho Wide Open Spaces: This passive home responds to its topography and balmy climate with a symphony of retractable walls and doors.

Every picture tells a story, and with architecture, that picture is most often a portrait of a design problem solved—be it an oddly shaped lot, an unusual lifestyle accommodation for a custom client, a meager budget, or a seemingly impossible density requirement. Here we bring you some inspired masterpieces of problem-solving from the 2010 Gold Nugget Awards, the annual PCBC-sponsored competition orchestrated by Peter Mayer Productions that honors outstanding work in 14 Western states, as well as international markets.