Best of LaCantina Winners Announced

The Trolley House by Beinfield Architects won the Best in Show category.  The entire east wall is comprised of LaCantina Doors, which drench the interior of the home in natural light every morning and offers incredible views of the tidal landscape. 

Trolley House takes the typography 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 Trolley House sits on a narrow spit of land outside Norwalk, CT. The total lot size is 500-feet long by only 25-feet wide. 

The Piebald Ranch by Craig McMahon Architects, 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 to the property's main courtyard. The  LaCantina Pocket Sliding Door Systems blend the inside and outside spaces around the main courtyard to create a dramatic living experience.

The 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 Aluminum Folding 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.

The Dolores Street house renovation by Rossington Architecture transformed an overlooked rear yard into an urban oasis, earning them the Best Urban Project distinction. The house was 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 Zero Post Corner Folding 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. 

Jeffery Miller's Guest House in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, was named 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 moveable glass door system. According to Miller, the LaCantina products are vital to fully enjoying the back of site water features and lush California vegetation. 

Studio 222 Architects' winning Best Commercial Project design for Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Chicago impressed the judges with its flexible and stylish treatment of indoor and outdoor space. 

With LaCantina's bifold door system, guests need not worry about inclement weather interrupting their dining experience. The doors can quickly close to create indoor seating. 

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 Pocket Multi Slide Door System enables these sweeping views of Lake Washington and the greater Puget Sound area.