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04/07/2016 10:01 am ET

The 10 Most Beautiful Housing Designs Of 2016, According To Architects

"Good housing is a sanctuary for the human spirit."

Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) features the best of the best in housing design -- and this year's picks don't disappoint.

The organization announced the results of the 2016 Housing Awards on Thursday, featuring 10 winners across three categories: single family, multifamily, and specialized units.

The purpose of the awards -- which are open to U.S. properties designed by architects licensed in the U.S. -- is to highlight "the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource."

 

Below, see the 10 award recipients for 2016 -- and prepare for some major home envy:

  • Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
    Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TX<br>Lake|Flato Architects <br><br>In the single family category, the judges recognized outst
    Casey Dunn
    Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TX
    Lake|Flato Architects

    In the single family category, the judges recognized outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific clients.
  • Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TX<br>Lake|Flato Architects
    Casey Dunn
    Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TX
    Lake|Flato Architects
  • Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
    Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO<br>Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    Nic Lehoux
    Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO
    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO<br>Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    Nic Lehoux
    Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO
    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
    Island Residence; Honolulu, HI<br>Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    Nic Lehoux
    Island Residence; Honolulu, HI
    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Island Residence; Honolulu, HI<br>Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    Nic Lehoux
    Island Residence; Honolulu, HI
    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
    Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR<br>Cutler Anderson Architects
    Jeremy Bitterman
    Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR
    Cutler Anderson Architects
  • Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR<br>Cutler Anderson Architects
    Jeremy Bitterman
    Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR
    Cutler Anderson Architects
  • Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
    Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS<br>Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
    Timothy Hursley
    Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS
    Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
  • Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS<br>Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
    Timothy Hursley
    Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS
    Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
  • Winner, Multifamily Living
    1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CA<br>Mithun<br><br>The multifamily units were chosen for outstanding apartment and condom
    Bruce Damonte
    1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CA
    Mithun

    The multifamily units were chosen for outstanding apartment and condominium design, and also assessed open and recreational space, transportation options and features that contribute to livable communities.
  • 1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CA<br>Mithun
    Bruce Damonte
    1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CA
    Mithun
  • Winner, Multifamily Living
    Cloverdale749; Los Angeles<br>Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
    Lawrence Anderson
    Cloverdale749; Los Angeles
    Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
  • Cloverdale749; Los Angeles<br>Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
    Lawrence Anderson
    Cloverdale749; Los Angeles
    Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
  • Winner, Specialized Housing
    Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA<br>William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. <br><br>Th
    Robert Bens
    Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
    William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

    The specialized category spotlighted units that best addressed unique housing needs, such as independent living, residential rehabilitation programs, and domestic violence shelters.
  • Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA<br>William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
    Robert Bens
    Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
    William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
  • Winner, Specialized Housing
    Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CA<br>LEO A DALY
    Leo A Daly
    Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CA
    LEO A DALY
  • Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CA.<br>LEO A DALY
    Leo A Daly
    Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CA.
    LEO A DALY
  • Winner, Specialized Housing
    Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN<br>HGA
    Paul Crosby
    Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN
    HGA
  • Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN<br>HGA
    Paul Crosby
    Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN
    HGA
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