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It’s that time of year again. The myMarvin Architect’s Challenge winners for 2012 have been announced. So exciting! If you remember that last year, we featured quite a few fantastic homes including a Q&A with home designer Michael Barclay and another with architect Marcus Gleysteen. Well, we’re at it again this year, sharing the nine lucky winners and the many ways that they demonstrate the full range of creativity made possible by Marvin. We take an architectural tour from Portland, Oregon to New York, down to Virginia and the hop across the pond to the coast of Ireland. I love how the challenge is open to homes and commercial properties around the globe.

Leicester House, Asheville, North Carolina by Eric Gartner / SPG Architects

The fourth annual myMarvin Architect’s Challenge winners include extensive window walls that simultaneously deliver superior energy efficiency and breathtaking views and even a project that won an LEED Platinum designation, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of “green building” performance. See loads of gorgeous photos of all of this year’s winners in Marvin’s online gallery, plus you can try some of the many nifty free tools Marvin offers to start making your own architectural dream a reality. Let’s take a quick peek at a few of the beautiful winning homes:

Block Island House in Rhode Island by James Estes, Estes/Twombly Architects
Inspired by the simple, no frills architecture of Block Island’s early designs, this project celebrates the island’s tradition with a more lively twist.

Utah Street Residence, Arlington, Virginia by Jon Hensley & Sunny Carroll / Jon Hensley Architects
An addition dramatically changed the home by adding an expansive, contemporary, light-filled kitchen and entertaining space.

North Woods Lake Home, Grand Rapids, Minnesota by Todd Hansen / Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
The living spaces in this home are open to one another to allow for casual, modern living, while maintaining definition as a series of interconnected rooms. The generously sized, first-level living room is open through the center of the house to provide sweeping views of the lake and to take advantage of breezes.

Family Retreat, Tyringham, Massachusetts by Donald Giambastiani / Solomon + Bauer + Giambastiani Architects Inc.
Located in the valley of a remotely forested 500-acre site, this family retreat renovation retained the rustic character of the house and backdrop, which includes the remnants of a 19th century barn structure, while integrating additional spaces and improving the quality and comfort of the residence.

The full list of winners includes:

  • Donald Giambastiani, Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects, Watertown, Mass. Winning project: Family Retreat, Tyringham, Mass.
  • James Estes, Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I. Winning entry: Block Island House, Block Island, R.I.
  • Eric Gartner, SPG Architects, New York, N.Y. Winning project: Leicester House, Asheville, N.C.
  • Jon Hensley and Sunny Carroll, Jon Hensley Architects, Arlington, Va. Winning project: Utah Street Residence, Arlington, Va.
  • Catherine M. Knight, AIA, Knight Architects, Princeton, N.J. Winning project: Neoclassical Residence, Princeton Borough, N.J.
  • Todd Hansen, Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Minneapolis, Minn. Winning project: North Woods Lake Home, Grand Rapids, Minn.
  • A.A. (Kacey) Jurgens, THA Architecture, Portland, Ore. Winning project: Russell T. Joy Building, University of Washington, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Patrick Lennon, County Wicklow, Ireland. Winning project: Tynte Park Lodge, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Paul Bedford, Keystone Associates, Binghamton, N.Y. Winning project: Worcester Central School District Addition and Renovations, Worcester, N.Y.

Stay tuned for some exclusive features on our favorite modern winning designs from the 2012 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge coming up soon.