THE BEST OF LaCANTINA | 2018


Photo by Robert Benson Photography

BEST IN SHOW / OVERALL WINNER

Trolley House by Beinfield Architecture PC
Norwalk, Connecticut

Trolley House takes the topography of its site into consideration by carefully balancing the house on concrete piers that allow flood waters to pass underneath, as well as LaCantina’s operable glass doors that perfectly frame hushed views of the Farm Creek estuary and the greater Long Island Sound. The influence of the owners’ occupations, he an architect and she an artist, can be felt throughout Trolley House. The house features a geometric order that frames the artist’s whimsical touch. The entire east wall of the Trolley House is comprised of LaCantina Doors, which drenches the interior of the home in natural light every morning and offers incredible views of the tidal landscape.


Photos by Meg Matyia and Robert Benson Photography

BEST RURAL RESIDENTIAL

Piebald Ranch by Craig McMahon Architect, Inc.
George West, Texas

The Piebald Ranch by Craig McMahon Architect, Inc. is right at home in the Texas Hill Country, which earned it the Best Rural Project distinction. The sprawling ranch house has a total of six bedrooms and five baths, enough to accommodate the owner’s family and offer visitors their own private retreat. Two ten-foot-tall LaCantina clear anodized aluminum swing doors echo a historical Texas Ranch breezeway connection and provide a gracious opening on the property’s main courtyard. LaCantina’s Pocket Sliding Door Systems blend the inside and outside spaces around the main courtyard to create a dramatic living experience.

BEST SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL

Corner Pocket House by Edward Ogosta Architecture
Manhattan Beach, California


Photos by Steve King

Corner Pocket House by Edward Ogosta Architecture came with some steep design challenges: transform a cramped 1950’s bungalow into an open plan contemporary home, buffer the house against the noise of street traffic on a nearby intersection, and offer plenty of outdoor space. For its masterful problem solving, it was awarded the Best Suburban Project award. The architects used LaCantina’s folding glass door system in the main common room to dramatically open the house at opposite ends, optimizing light penetration, cross-ventilation, and spatial flow through to the tree-shaded courtyards.

BEST URBAN RESIDENTIAL

Dolores Street by Rossington Architecture
San Francisco, California


Photos by Open Home Photography

The Dolores Street house renovation by Rossington Architecture transformed an overlooked rear yard into an urban oasis. The house is originally built in 1926 as one of a pair of houses that drew inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House. LaCantina’s Contemporary Clad Folding Zero Post Corner System was used to realize the owner’s desire to create a true indoor-outdoor experience. This was accomplished through a new deck that wraps around the kitchen, expanding and reorganizing it, and the moveable glass doors.

BEST COMPACT

Guest House by Jeffrey Miller
Palos Verdes Estate, California

Jeffrey Miller’s Guest House in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, was nominated Best Compact Project. Despite the narrow footprint, the building has a wide open and airy feel with a view out on to the Pacific Ocean. A seamless transition between inside and poolside is accomplished through LaCantina’s folding glass door system. According to Miller, the LaCantina products are vital to fully enjoying the back of site water features and lush California vegetation.

BEST COMMERCIAL

Lou Malnati’s by Studio 222 Architects, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

Studio 222 Architects, LLC's design for Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Chicago won judges over with its flexible and stylish treatment of indoor and outdoor space. With LaCantina’s Aluminum Thermally Controlled bifold door system, guests need not worry about inclement weather interrupting their dining experience. The doors can quickly close to create indoor seating.

MOST INNOVATIVE

Clyde Hill Modern House by Dean Homes
Clyde Hill, Washington

Dean Home’s Clyde Hill Modern house, which was awarded the Most Innovative Project distinction, has both a sense of breezy elegance and homey respite. The house was planned for the express purpose of being an entertainer’s dream. LaCantina’s Aluminum Wood Pocketing Multi Slide System enables these sweeping views of Lake Washington and the greater Puget Sound area.

The overall winner of the competition and guest will travel to New York City for AIANY’s Archtober, a month long festival to celebrate the vibrant architecture of the city. LaCantina will provide roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for a three-day two-night trip. The overall winner and honorable mentions will be featured on InteriorDesign.net and shared with Interior Design’s 4,600,000+ social media fanbase.