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

"Good housing is a sanctuary for the human spirit."
04/07/2016 10:01am ET

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
Casey Dunn
Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TXLake|Flato Architects In the single family category, the judges recognized outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific clients.
Casey Dunn
Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, TXLake|Flato Architects
Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
Nic Lehoux
Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, COBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Nic Lehoux
Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, COBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
Nic Lehoux
Island Residence; Honolulu, HIBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Nic Lehoux
Island Residence; Honolulu, HIBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
Jeremy Bitterman
Newberg Residence; Newberg, ORCutler Anderson Architects
Jeremy Bitterman
Newberg Residence; Newberg, ORCutler Anderson Architects
Winner, One/Two Family Custom Housing
Timothy Hursley
Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MSDuvall Decker Architects, P.A.
Timothy Hursley
Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MSDuvall Decker Architects, P.A.
Winner, Multifamily Living
Bruce Damonte
1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CAMithunThe 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.
Bruce Damonte
1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco, CAMithun
Winner, Multifamily Living
Lawrence Anderson
Cloverdale749; Los AngelesLorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Lawrence Anderson
Cloverdale749; Los AngelesLorcan O'Herlihy Architects
Winner, Specialized Housing
Robert Bens
Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MAWilliam 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.
Robert Bens
Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MAWilliam Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
Winner, Specialized Housing
Leo A Daly
Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CALEO A DALY
Leo A Daly
Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles, CA.LEO A DALY
Winner, Specialized Housing
Paul Crosby
Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MNHGA
Paul Crosby
Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MNHGA
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