LaCantina Doors announced the winners of its annual architect’s design competition – Best of LaCantina 2018. Seven projects from across the country were awarded in the following categories: best in show, best rural residential, best suburban residential, best urban residential, best commercial, best compact and most innovative.

The winning projects were judged on architectural excellence, creative design and the best of use of LaCantina door and window products to completely transform open spaces and enhance lifestyle.

“Beinfield Architecture did a remarkable job of incorporating the LaCantina philosophy of connecting indoor outdoor spaces,” says Lee Maughan, general manager, LaCantina. “Creating walls of glass to maximize the space of such a unique structure is exactly the innovative thinking we look for when judging the Best of LaCantina competition.”

Here are the standout designs from this year’s competition, projects that truly epitomize “The Best of LaCantina,” according to the company.

Best in show was awarded to Trolley House by Beinfield Architecture PC. It was chosen for its innovative use of LaCantina’s multi slide systems to create entire walls of operable glass walls on both levels. LaCantina’s multi slide systems allow natural light to drench the interior of the home every morning and offer incredible views of the greater Long Island Sound.

For the consecutive second year, the best rural residential category was awarded to Craig McMahon Architects’ for Piebald Ranch situated in Texas Hill Country. The two 10-foot tall by 20-foot wide 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 won in the best suburban residential category. The architects used LaCantina’s folding glass 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.

Dolores Street by Rossington Architecture won in the best urban residential category for its transformation of an overlooked rear yard into an urban oasis. LaCantina’s contemporary clad zero post corner folding system was used to realize the owner’s desire to create a true indoor-outdoor experience.

Guest House by Jeffery Miller emerged victorious in the best compact category for its use LaCantina’s folding systems.

Best commercial project went to Studio 222 Architects for its stylish use of LaCantina folding doors in Lou Malnati’s in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. With LaCantina’s bifold door system, guests can experience an indoor-outdoor dining experience.

Most innovative went to Dean Homes for its unique Clyde Hill Modern house in Washington, which uses LaCantina’s pocket multi slide system to showcase sweeping views of the Puget Sound area.

The best in show winner and a guest will travel to New York for a three-day, two-night trip to experience AIANY’s Archtober, the month-long festival that celebrates the vibrant architecture of the city.

To view the Best of LaCantina 2018 winning projects, visit


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