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2023 Award Winners


Single-Family Production

Detached Home up to 2,000 sq. ft., Built for Sale


Modern Courtyard House


Mill Valley, California

Architect/Designer | Richardson Pribuss Architects

Builder | Hildebrand Renovation

Developer | Hildebrand Renovation

Interior Designer | Richardson Pribuss Architects

Photographer | Eric Rorer Photography

Situated on a quarter acre, the flat lot was home to an existing tract house in disrepair, with nondescript apartment complexes just to the rear. Despite this, the charm of the lot—combined with a lucent exposure and dramatic views to the west—made the distinctive architectural possibilities apparent. The land was cleared of the existing structure, opening the mountain views and sun, and making way for a new home that brings light and drama into the house’s core.

The design strategy is centered on a dramatic western-facing central courtyard, surrounded on three sides and overlooked by a primary bedroom. The overarching second-story bedroom level also serves as a shield, creating privacy from adjacent buildings. Broad sliding glass doors enhance a sense of openness that throws light and breezes throughout and captures moments within this courtyard nexus—a distinct indoor-outdoor flow constructed for the Northern California climate.

Flat roof lines with deep overhangs delicately shade and protect the building. The architects’ use natural battened strips of cedar were chosen to develop a bleached patina over the years. The mix of timber, with matte black metal and glass, allows the pavilion-like structure to sit lightly in the unbroken grassy landscape.

From the Judges
This home is phenomenally executed. It packed so much in under 2,000 square feet that it blows our mind. It’s richly detailed, and the texture and visual interest on the exterior feel very intentional. It features a lot of great indoor/outdoor connections, and the way the kitchen is pulled out is hard to do with a floor plan and not have it feel awkward.

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