Residential Architect 2000 RADA Withers Residence, Accokeek, Md. Project of the Year McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Md. The client for this rural Maryland house wanted a no-frills design that would live in harmony with the forest around it. McInturff Architects responded with a plan based on a simple bridge structure.
Hoisting the building off its sloped site allowed for a low-tech drainage system; rainwater flows right under the house and down the hill.
The house looks like a pulled-apart cabin, with the private rooms on either end and a two-story living room in the middle.
Residential Architect September-October 2010 Case Study House in the Berkshires Schwartz/Silver Architects, Boston The 45-foot cantilever of this Massachusetts summer house resembles “half a bridge,” according to architect Warren Schwartz, FAIA.
A steel frame and a massive concrete foundation provide the heft that enables the cantilever’s featherweight, floating look.
Residential Architect 2010 RADA L-Stack House, Fayetteville, Ark. Grand Award / Custom, 3,000 Square Feet or Less Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville The first floor of Marlon and Meryati Blackwell’s own house sits atop concrete piers, the better to span a creek on the property.
Only the first floor and the short end of the second floor are visible from the street, helping the project fit into its context of one-story cottages and ranch houses.
The kitchen, which features wenge cabinets and quartz counters, opens into the dining area and the living room.
A rainscreen cladding of Brazilian redwood provides a textural contrast with the glass-enclosed staircase.
CUSTOM HOME 2010 CHDA Private Residence, Sebastopol, Calif. Merit Award / Less than 3,000 Square Feet Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, San Francisco Architects Mary Griffin and Eric Haesloop placed this northern California house over a slight dip in the landscape, so that it acts as a bridge between two existing stands of redwoods.
Douglas fir ceilings and cabinetry, along with ipe floors, lend a sense of richness to the interior spaces.
Residential Architect 2007 RADA Artist Bridge Studio, San Diego Merit Award / Renovation Safdie Rabines Architects, San Diego This art studio addition by Safdie Rabines Architects spans a shallow arroyo. Steel cross-bracing adds extra support without detracting from the studio’s delicate appearance.