Marvin Windows and Doors recently announced the winners of its eighth annual Architects Challenge competition during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia. Six architect-designed projects from across the country were awarded in six categories: Best In Show, Best Contemporary, Best Transitional/Eclectic, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition, and Best Commercial.

The 2016 Architects Challenge winners will get an all-expenses-paid tour of Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn., this fall. They will also be featured on, and will be promoted through the company’s media partners. Additionally, the winning architects’ projects will be detailed in the annual Architects Challenge coffee table book.

This summer, the general public will choose a 2016 Architects Challenge Showdown winner by popular vote online at From June 6 to July 1, voters can choose their favorite projects from all Architects Challenge entries – more than 170 projects. After the final votes are tallied, the Showdown winner will receive a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles in October.

To view the 2016 Architects Challenge winning projects, visit

Here are the winners, along with Marvin’s description of each project:

Best in Show: Wedge House, Quebec, Canada
“The Wedge House is a 4,000-square-foot vacation home on the mighty Ottawa River that embraces a comfortable balance between shelter and exposure. Key to its success is the play between an expansive and restrained approach to glazing. Floor-to-soffit Marvin windows evoke a bold but delicate transparency. The structure, a rhythm of ten ascending laminated timber bents assembled with mortised knife plates and through bolts, gives form to the cleanly pitched frame.
Architect: Malcolm Wildeboer, Vandenburg & Wildeboer Architects Inc.

Best Contemporary: Micro House, Huntington, Vt.
“The Micro House is a newly constructed 430-square-foot artist’s home on a property with spectacular views in rural Vermont. The program was simple: a bathroom, sleeping area, kitchen, storage, dining/work table, living space that could double as guest sleeping and a sleeping loft. While open in plan, the living level was sculpted so that each of the different areas of use have definition and a sense of place, without being static or confining, and so that the house could comfortably accommodate visitors. Windows have a wood, shadow-lined surround – a subtle detail to punctuate the openings without detracting from the view.”
Architect: Elizabeth Herrmann, Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design

Best Transitional/Eclectic: Edgewater II, Harrisville, N.H.
“Before the renovation, Edgewater II looked like an inappropriate 1970s spec house, with an aggressively tall and pointed gable toward the water. It was all sliders, a gable full of glass without refinement, and clapboards with tight ‘mean’ trim. The solution was in the windows, and the trim around them. The project became a total renovation. Sliders and glass gables were replaced with large double hung windows with window muttons. The effect is a shingle-style wall, with surface punched windows of the period, rather than the pseudo-contemporary all-glass look of the original.”
Architect: Dan Scully, Daniel V. Scully Architects

Best Traditional New Construction: Crane Island Retreat, Minnetrista, Minn.
“For over 100 years, Crane Island has been a summer destination for a few fortunate Minnesota families who move to cooler lake communities for the season. Desiring a return to this lifestyle, the owners intend to spend long summer cottage weekends there. The location affords both community and privacy with close proximity to their city house. The island is small, with only about 20 cottages, most of which were built early in the last century. The challenge to the architect was to create a new house that would look 100-years-old the day it was finished.
Architect: Mark Nelson, David Heide Design Studio

Best Remodel/Addition: Prospect Residence, Providence, R.I.
“Located in the heart of College Hill, this residential renovation project is surrounded by historic residences, as well as Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The design focus was to visually and spatially transform the formerly reclusive building and landscape into a modern, progressive residence with new meaningful connections to its vibrant center of residential and student activity. Structural modifications to existing dormers and new windows bring light and views deep into the interiors of the house. Interior layout and entrances were completely redefined to improve the natural flow between living spaces and connections to the outdoors, while at the same time maintaining privacy for the owners in this urban setting.”
Architect: Albert Garcia, KITE Architects, Inc.

Best Commercial: Frederic C. Hamilton Math & Science Center, Millbrook, N.Y.
The Frederic C. Hamilton Math & Science Center was designed to reinforce the existing traditional campus architecture while embracing contemporary educational design principles. The 25,000-square-foot building provides four discipline-specific science labs, an independent research room, five math classrooms, an IT suite, faculty office suite, and a free-standing greenhouse. All learning spaces and offices receive natural lighting from large windows in at least two directions, and are coupled with high efficiency light fixtures, daylight harvesting sensors and dimming ballasts. Marvin products provided the combination of material, size, and performance needed to meet the project’s aesthetic and energy performance goals.
Architect: Daniela Holt, Voith Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP

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