Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

LaCantina is thrilled to announce the winners for the 5th Annual “Best of LaCantina,” which attracted entries from firms around the world, each integrating LaCantina’s doors and windows into their projects in innovative ways. The projects ranged widely in location, building type and scale, but they all share one thing in common: Their use of LaCantina products allows for a seamless connection between inside and outside.

The designers behind this year’s Best in Show, the Panama and US-based firm IM-KM Architecture and Planning — led by Kristin and Ivan Morales — win a trip to next year’s AIA Conference, complete with travel and accommodation.

Without further ado, explore every winning design from this year’s competition, projects that truly encapsulate “The Best of LaCantina”.


Casa Loro by IM/KM Architecture and Planning
Puerto Escondido de Pedasi, Los Santos, Panama

Photography by Anita Calero, Fernando Alda, and Emily Kinskey

IM-KM’s concept for the main house at Casa Loro was to create a “modern tree house” made with contextual materials, designed to enclose indoor and outdoor spaces equally. The pavilions of the main house are all balanced around the central pavilion, which contains the vestibule and indoor and outdoor living rooms. The façades of each pavilion are operable; when opened, the perimeter of the interior spaces become permeable and create a single larger room including the adjacent garden spaces and the ocean at the horizon.


Westchester Views by Workshop/APD
Armonk, New York

Photography by Read McKendree

Workshop/APD designed this 5 bedroom, 7,000 SF home in Armonk, which offers the convenience of an easy commute to New York City, but on a hilltop site where you are fully immersed in nature. The home has a unique sense of openness, light and air, with soaring vaulted ceilings in the great room and the ability to open almost every room to the outdoors thanks to LaCantina sliding doors. Breezes blow through and the views to the beautifully landscaped site feel like they are part of the interior design.


Hood River Residence by Catch Architecture
Hood River, Oregon

Photography by David Papazian

This residence is nestled into a scenic hillside, overlooking an active orchard. All the main rooms open up with LaCantina doors onto this view corridor. LaCantina’s wood option in walnut was a perfect match that continued to enhance the main design feature highlighting the active outdoors lifestyle. The floor-to-ceiling window in the main bedroom upstairs features a Juliette railing, enabling inhabitants to bring the outdoors in with fresh light and plenty of air. With its live green roof over the garage, the house melds with the existing landscape and blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living.


West Village Historic Townhouse by READ Architecture Design DPC
New York City, New York

Photography by Zack Dezon

Located in a quiet street of the West Village, this landmarked carriage house was renovated with a motive of protecting the essence and the character of the townhouse while creating unique and contemporary moments. Through the respectful restoration of the front façade and bringing it back to its original 1925 state, an unexpected transformation is awaiting on the back façade, opening to a joyful surprise of a contemporary urban backyard.


Abodu One by Abodu
San Mateo, California | San Jose, California

Photography by Abodu

Specializing in the design and construction of ADUs (accessory dwelling units), Abodu created the eponymous Abodu One, a 500-square-foot, one bedroom ADU dark cedar vertical siding, an integrated deck and LaCantina bifold doors.


Alila Marea by Joseph Wong Design Associates - JWDA
Encinitas, California

Photography by Eric Laignel Photography and JMI

Alila Marea is a fully appointed luxury resort hotel with 130 guest rooms, 6,300 square feet of meeting space, spa, fitness, swimming pool, two restaurants, coffee shop, bar, and underground parking on a 4.3 acre site located on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, California. JWDA utilized LaCantina Doors to open up the exterior walls and offer as much indoor-outdoor connectivity as possible to the hotel guests. The architects customized the doors to fit the exterior envelope, maintain a waterproof assembly, and comply with acoustic, thermal and accessibility requirements.


Oyster House Point by Randall Kipp Architecture
White Stone, Virginia

Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie

Approached to design a modern, waterfront home yet still fitting in with the local vernacular, Randall Kipp Architecture put a modern spin on classic forms with transparent, gabled rooflines, open spaces, and a steel framework wrapped in glass. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels provide views of the Chesapeake Bay as well as marsh grasses and grains — a bridge between ecosystems.


North Ranch Remodel by Horwitz A+D
North Ranch, California

Photography by Gary Moss

For this radical remodel, the architects started with a French Country style home and unapologetically transformed it into a ‘transitional contemporary’ residence, whilst holding onto the original warmth of the property. Harnessing LaCantina’s bifold and sliding door systems in different parts of the house, the final structure possesses clean lines and a rear wall of the house that blurs the line of indoors and outdoors. Other standout features include a floating glassy spiral stair, a world class kitchen and master suite with an adjacent 350 square-foot patio/balcony.

These eight award-winning projects show just a glimpse of the incredible designs produced by architects with the help of LaCantina’s product range.