Merit Award - Gables Upper Darby

Introducing higher density to an established Houston neighborhood of single-family homes was a gutsy move. But this 144-unit upscale loft project was an instant hit with professional singles and couples craving the option to lock-and-leave.

The infill site backed up to two other properties, meaning views were restricted in two directions. The solution: All units are oriented toward two internal courtyards and/or the building's two frontal streets, with open floor plans and ample glazing to flood interiors with natural light.

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