Marvin Announces Architects Challenge Winners

May 2nd, 2017 by Editor

Marvin Windows and Doors recently revealed the winners of its annual Architects Challenge design competition, awarding prizes for six outstanding residential and commercial design projects across the country. The announcement was made during the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Fla.

Now in its ninth year, the Marvin Architects Challenge recognizes architects for projects that exhibit superior design in the categories of Contemporary, Best Transitional, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition and Best Commercial, along with one Best in Show winner. With projects ranging from a seacoast vacation home to a historic town hall and even a 380-square-foot tiny guesthouse, these structures represent some of the most popular trends in the industry and challenges that are at the forefront of architects’ minds.

“Year after year, we continue to be inspired by submissions from talented architects who use their creativity to make the most of the design flexibility we build into our products,” said Dondi Kazukewicz, senior manager, brand communications at Marvin Windows and Doors. “The variety of design aesthetics paired with the brilliant use of space and character in this year’s winning projects reflects the level of ingenuity in the industry today. It’s rewarding to see how Marvin’s made-to-order solutions bring these ideas to life.”

Winners of the 2017 Architects Challenge were selected by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Robert M. Gurney, FAIA; Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, NCARB LEED AP, CAASH; and Ted Flato, FAIA.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a judge for the Marvin Architects Challenge and getting a chance to see scores of great designs with creative use of Marvin windows and doors,” said judge Manny Gonzalez. “The wonderful thing is the range of work from historic renovation to contemporary minimalist style, but regardless of the type of structure, they all skillfully brought the light and views in beautifully!”

The following winning projects were judged on architectural excellence, creative design and use of Marvin window and door solutions:

Best in Show: Shorefront Camp – Trenton, Maine
Architect: William M. Hanley, AIA, WMH Architects

Trend: Coastal views with big glass to match

“A complete renovation and addition to an original 1962 Maine modern shorefront camp, the skillfully executed design created a dramatic form that is open, airy and inviting, along with the tour de force of a large glazing wall. Taking into consideration its coastal location, where wind load and seacoast performance are key, every inch of the house was reconditioned using Marvin high performance Direct Glaze, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Casement windows and Contemporary doors.”

 Best Contemporary: Compact Living – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Architect: Christopher Strom, Christopher Strom Architects

Trend: Tiny home living with an eye for design

“Created as a separate accommodation for the client’s visiting family, friends and guests, the design of this transitional remodel/addition faced the unique challenge of just 380 square feet of functional space and tight budget constraints. The design is reminiscent of a traditional red barn in form and color, yet the strategic use of glass and volume creates a bright, dramatic space that belies its compact living. The large sizes of Marvin Ultimate Awning windows and Ultimate Sliding French doors make optimum use of light within this space, which would appeal to any tiny home aficionado.”

 Best Transitional: Knoll House – Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Architect: Elizabeth Herrmann, Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design

Trend: Building with the outdoors in mind and a sense of Danish “Hygge”  

“This contemporary house was designed as an outgrowth of the knoll on which it sits. A composition of two simple forms, the house is punctuated by large windows that allow the residence to settle itself into the wooded site, while taking advantage of the great views the location affords. A simple pop-up dormer adds a dramatic touch to the main living area and another view angle to the tops of the trees. With a cozy fireplace and warm textures and textiles, the Danish Hygge trend makes this home even more inviting. Marvin Tilt Turn, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Casement windows and Ultimate Swinging French and Sliding Patio doors were selected with a focus on custom sizing.”

Best Traditional New Construction: Little Camp – Coastal New England, Massachusetts 

Architect: Jacob Albert, Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects

Trend: Creative use of natural materials such as exposed rafters and tree trunk posts

“The site is near an old, slightly ramshackle “camp” that the clients rented and loved for years. When they had a chance to build on the adjacent site, they wanted to capture some of the spirit of the old camp. Although it is new construction, the exposed rafter tails, wood interior, tree trunk porch posts and beautiful windows and doors create bright, inviting spaces with unexpected nooks and alcoves that give it a timeless charm. Marvin Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Double Hung windows and Ultimate Swinging French doors were chosen for their ability to withstand the coastal environment while complementing the house design.”

Best Remodel/Addition: Westborough Town Hall – Westborough, Massachusetts 

Architect: Brian Humes, Jacunski Humes Architects, LLC

Trend: Renewed attention to historic detail

“Nearly 100 years old, this town hall was restored to its original stature as a downtown landmark after the municipality authorized a major renovation to address aging conditions and bring new life to it. Given the building’s storied history and civic pride in the project, the design paid careful attention to the detail of the windows, shutters and classical wood trim to provide finishing touches. Marvin was chosen for its ability to match existing historic Ultimate Double Hung and Ultimate Awning windows with maintenance-free exteriors and wood interiors.”

Best Commercial: McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education Center – Cupertino, California
Architect: Henry Siegel, Siegel & Strain Architects

Trend: Green building and energy independence

“The Center houses classrooms, exhibits, a library and offices, and is designed to work in concert with historic buildings that shape an outdoor activity area. The careful thought that went into designing it is evident in the choice of materials, colors and the building forms themselves. The wood rafter tails and patio cover construction are skillfully incorporated at the interior with complementary windows and doors. Marvin’s Tilt Turn, Ultimate Awning, Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Double Hung windows, paired with Marvin Bi-Fold and Commercial doors, provide maximum day light, natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, and even bird-safe glass.”


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