2018 Best of Design Award for Residential — Single Unit: Terreno House

Designer: Fernanda Canales
Location: Mexico Federal State, Mexico

Located on a mountain three hours outside of Mexico City, the Terreno House addresses two contradictory conditions: seclusion and aperture. Designed by Fernanda Canales, the project’s thick brickwork facade provides protection against the extreme weather of the area, where temperatures often fluctuate 50 degrees on a given day. The home is laid out around four courtyards. Built in different shapes and sizes, each opens up to the project’s surroundings. These voids help frame key aspects of the dramatic landscape. The first, curved patio acts as a transitional space between the exterior and interior, while the second, central patio shifts the program from public to private spaces. A third patio leads to a rooftop terrace, and a fourth provides ventilation and sun to the service area. Each courtyard works to create a different atmosphere and frames the surrounding landscape. While Terreno House’s exterior is clad in brick and its curvilinear roof in green clay tiles, its interior features softer surfaces. A long corridor connects six bedrooms before reaching a shared open-plan living and dining room. In this space, wood and concrete are used to articulate different elements: built-in book cases, a wall-integrated fireplace, and an arched concrete ceiling. The contrast of warm wood and gray concrete carries through in the choice of furniture and upholstery.

Honorable Mentions

Project Name: Sky House
Designer: Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster
Location: Stoney Lake, Ontario

Photo of Sky House by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

2018 Best of Design Awards Honorable Mention for Residential – Single Unit: Sky House by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster (Doublespace Photography)

Project Name: V-Plan
Designer: Studio B Architects
Location: Aspen, Colorado

Photo of V-Plan by Studio B Architects

2018 Best of Design Awards Honorable Mention for Residential – Single Unit: V-Plan by Studio B Architects (James Florio)

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