THIS 2,300-SQUARE-FOOT, ultra-modern sliver of a house in the arts district of Washington's Shaw neighborhood, lives large, thanks to an abundance of glass and natural light. It's composed of three stories—a two-level unit on the top floors and an efficiency apartment with a separate entry on the ground floor. A dramatic double-height living room in the upper unit has an operable window wall that opens to an exterior porch.

Clad in real stucco and metal panels, the structure features an underground garage, as well as a grade-level parking space—a great amenity in any city.

Category: Custom one-of-a-kind less than 3,500 square feet; Entrant/Architect/Land planner/Landscape architect/Interior designer: Division 1 Architects, Silver Spring, Md.; Builder: ACT, Arlington, Va.; Developer: Development Studios, Washington

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