THE BEST OF LaCANTINA | 2019


Photography by Kayla McKenzie Photography

BEST IN SHOW / OVERALL WINNER / BEST RURAL

High Desert Butterfly by Tozer Design, LLC
Bend, Oregon

The overall, “Best in Show” winner in this year’s competition is Tozer Design’s High Desert Butterfly, a stunning private residence in Bend, Oregon with extraordinary views of the Cascade Mountains. The architects specified multiple iterations of LaCantina’s Aluminum Thermally Controlled Multi Slide Door Systems, culminating in a house defined by natural light and expansive views to the surrounding landscape. The doors integrated perfectly with the architects’ design, which employed passive solar principles and biophilic design to create living spaces that are at one with nature, year-round.

High Desert Butterfly also scooped the title of Best Rural Residential Project for the architects’ considered response to its majestic context in the Pacific Northwest.


Photography by Kayla McKenzie Photography

BEST SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL

River House by Sellars Lathrop Architects, LLC
Westport, Connecticut


Photography by Matthew Williams

The accolade of Best Suburban Project was won by Sellars Lathrop Architects’ River House in Westport, Connecticut, a brilliant transformation of a 1950s Contemporary house into a modern riverfront retreat. LaCantina’s Aluminum Thermally Controlled Folding Door System's custom size panels were specified for the rear of the property, helping to create an elegant wall of glass that opens up to a beautifully manicured lawn.

BEST URBAN RESIDENTIAL

Dolores Heights Residence by John Maniscalco Architecture | jmA
San Francisco, California


Photography by Joe Fletcher Photography

In a contrasting setting, the award for Best Urban Project went to Dolores Heights Residence, a cleverly detailed home designed by John Maniscalco Architecture | jmA that makes the most of its sloping site in the heart of San Francisco. A range of LaCantina products were utilized to connect indoors and outdoors, a highlight being the corner zero post multi-slide unit that blends the interior dining space and adjacent terrace to create one huge space for entertaining.

BEST COMPACT

Russian Hill Residence by McCracken Architects
San Francisco, California


Photography by Rien van Rijthoven

MacCracken Architects harnessed the potential of LaCantina’s products at a smaller scale, the firm’s Russian Hill residence picking up the award for Best Compact Project. This project involved the adaptive re-use of an old single story garage, converting it into a beautiful home with a stepped façade and external spiral staircase. The architects specified LaCantina’s Multi Slide Door Systems to create wall-to-wall views to the rear of the property.

BEST COMMERCIAL

Day Wines by Fieldwork Design & Architecture
Dundee, Oregon


Photography by Jeremy Bittermann Photography

Moving beyond the residential categories, Fieldwork Design & Architecture scooped the award for Best Commercial Project with its striking design for the new Day Wines winery in Dundee, Oregon. Faced with the challenge of transforming a derelict former vitamin factory into a contemporary space for tasting fine wines, the architects opted for LaCantina’s sliding and swing door products to maximize the connection between the interiors and the courtyard. When opened, the space is flooded with natural light, framing a view of the vineyards beyond.

MOST INNOVATIVE

ZS Addition by Talbot McLanahan Architect
Venice, California

The award for Most Innovative Project went to Talbot McLanahan Architect’s Z-S Addition, an unusual two story extension for a single story bungalow in Venice, California. The minimal design of this light and airy double-height addition was aided by the use of LaCantina’s Aluminum Folding Door System, which allowed for an unobstructed path between inside and out below a unique trapezoidal window.

BEST RENOVATION

Greenwood American Kitchen & Bar by  DMAC Architecture
Highwood, Illinois


Photography by Anthony Tahlier

Finally, a brand new category was introduced for this year’s competition — the award for Best Renovation Project was secured by DMAC Architecture for its transformation of Greenwood American Kitchen & Bar in Highwood, Illinois. The architects aimed to honor the history of the light-industrial structure on this complex site, while giving it new life as a vibrant, contemporary restaurant. Two different LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled Folding Door Systems were utilized to connect the interior spaces with a terrace and covered patio for al fresco dining.