Looking for a sure-fire way to distinguish yourself from all the other builders in a New Urbanist community? Take a cue from Denver-based Infinity Home Collection and its Sky Terrace project at Stapleton, the ambitious re-purposing of 4,700 acres that were once Denver's airport. At build-out, slated for 2020, Stapleton will be home to more than 30,000 residents.

A lucky 44 households will be living at Sky Terrace, a collection of contemporary townhouses that breaks the traditional, predictable row-home prototype. Dynamic volume spaces and glass walls give these homes unexpected drama. Whereas typical row homes tend to be narrow and dark, this project's ingenious, interlocking building plan allows each residence to make the most of a limited footprint without losing out on fresh air or natural light. Outdoor spaces are plentiful and are organized in a careful hierarchy. Every unit features a semi-private courtyard leading to the front door and a private rooftop terrace. In addition, side courts on end units and center courts carved out between interior units provide even more outdoor connections and bring light inside. This combination of new geometry and urban style reaches an untapped market of buyers seeking something a little different from the status quo.

Awards: Residential project of the year/attached—suburban; grand for best attached housing project under 18 units/acre

Builder: Infinity Home Collection, Greenwood Village, Colo.

Developer/Land planner: Forest City Stapleton, Denver

Architect: Woodley Architectural Group, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Denver, CO.