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2023 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.


Galatea Residence

Best in Region—Pacific

Corona Del Mar, California

Architect/Designer | Brandon Architects

Builder | Spinnaker Development

Landscape Architect/Designer | Timothy John LA

Interior Designer | Details a Design Firm

Photographer | Lango Works

The Galatea Residence embraces Southern Californian living by maximizing the indoor/outdoor connection through a central courtyard that connects two levels of the home with a swimming pool that waterfalls to the sunken courtyard below. The central courtyard separates the home into two wings and maximizes access to natural light and views throughout.

The exterior of the home is defined by a hierarchy of roof lines that define different programmatic elements such as living spaces and secondary spaces. The front elevation is defined by clean, modern lines with a primary roofline floating above two flat roof elements below. This composition creates tension between the elements and draws the user into the entryway that overlooks the courtyard and Pacific Ocean beyond.

At the rear of the home, clerestory windows separate the roof lines from the pocketing doors/windows to provide an intimate scale to the living rooms while still providing abundant natural light.

From the Judges
The architecture is beautiful, but what’s really interesting is utilizing that lower level and courtyard. The indoor/outdoor living connection, with all the big open corners on the rear, and the floating components in the water are well done. The symmetry and lighter colors on the interiors are inspiring and make the space seem a lot seem bigger in the way they played with values. The upper transoms and open ceiling skylight in the entry are really nice to let light in. The garage is also well balanced with the exterior on the front of the home.

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