Marvin Windows and Doors unveiled ten stellar winners of the Marvin Architect’s Challenge this month, representing the best examples of solution-driven design, innovation, classic beauty and sustainability.

The entries reflected amazing talent and diverse aesthetics, ranging from a “house in the trees” with organic architecture and one-of-a-kind curved windows to a “patchwork-style barn home” with modern touches.

Casey Key Bay House

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The Casey Key Bay House, or “House in the Trees” designed by Sweet Sparkman Architects evokes organic architecture punctuated by one-of-a-kind Marvin windows curved with the wall and ceiling.

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The large custom windows create a seamless transition from nature to the inside of the home, adding to the treehouse-esque concept.

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Bragg Hill House

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Bragg Hill house by Moger Mehrhof Architects embodies the true farmhouse style and was built to incorporate sustainability while taking advantage of the natural terrain.

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Moger Mehrhof Architects believes that buildings should retain connections to nature, and they achieved this with custom windows that bring in light while maximizing energy efficiency.

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Folly Farm

Folly Farm, a contemporary farmhouse-style home was voted best in show by the panel of judges, comprised of experienced architects and designers. A unique mix of rugged and contemporary, Folly Farm by Dale Hubbard of Surround Architecture combines old and new to achieve a clean look that’s still full of character. As the judges’ choice winner, Folly Farm architects will enjoy an interview and two-page spread feature in the October 2013 issue of Dwell magazine.

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The mixture of forms and styles exhibited in Folly Farm create a fantastic variety of spaces, and the windows pull together the unique architecture.

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Custom mullions, extra large transoms and specially ganged units offered by Marvin helped match the balance of modern and antique styles.

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Rose Cottage Project

For the first time this year, the Architect’s Challenge also featured a Showdown component where the public voted for a people’s choice winner to attend the 2013 Reinvention Symposium in San Francisco. Rose Cottage Project by The HL Turner Group Inc. won this year’s honor. The residence is a zero net energy, sustainable home built within a reasonable budget to incorporate multiple themes of long life-cycle value.

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The Rose Cottage Project by The HL Turner Group INC is located in a rural neighborhood in the capital city of Concord, New Hampshire.

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One of the first net zero homes in northern New England, the house occupies a 2.12-acre buildable-land footprint surrounded by 6.74 acres of conservation easement land.

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For a slideshow of all winning entries, please click on the photos or visit the Marvin Architect’s Challenge for more information on a particular project.

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Batts Hall.

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Batts Hall by Janes Architectural and Adam Architecture is a fantastic interpretation of centuries-old architecture without just mimicking it. This home is influenced by the Arts & Crafts style homes of the early 1900s, and the Clad Ultimate Push-Out Casement system is used to maintain the style with custom windows while also providing practicality and efficiency.

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Highland View Residence

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Highland View Residence by Carlton Architecture + Designbuild is a great modern house located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The windows provide large expanses of glass walls, essential to connecting with the surrounding landscape.

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The LenFest Management and Preserve Center

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The LenFest Management and Preserve Center by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, LTD. is a 10,000 square-foot facility designed to promote the preservation and maintenance of natural resources. The overall beauty, sustainability and long-term quality were the primary concerns of the build, and Marvin windows met the architect’s requirements for extensive daylight, beautiful views and profiles contributing to the traditional and agrarian design aesthetic.

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Lyme Guesthouse

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Lyme Guesthouse by David Mansfield Architecture & Design PC is a pool house for guests that morphed into a “modern barn” retreat using natural materials, flexible interior spaces and simple, honest design elements influenced by Japanese culture. The Marvin windows and doors created a focal point by mimicking classic barn features with a modern twist.

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The Marquette Park Pavilion

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The Marquette Park Pavilion by BauerLatoza Studio is a Prairie style park structure restoration of an original design by George Maher & Son in 1926. Custom Marvin windows helped honor the historic style and configuration of the iconic building on the beaches of Lake Michigan.

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Santa Rita Cottage

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Santa Rita Cottage by Fergus Garber Young Architects is a charming guest cottage with an indoor/outdoor design that creates seamless transitions between the interior and exterior. Durability and scale was important for window choice, and the customizable options allowed for fluidity and openness.

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Vermont Mountain House

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Vermont Mountain House by MGA | Marcus Gleysteen Architects is a lodge-like residence designed to take full advantage of its mountainous surroundings. The design, including the windows and doors, embraces materials, methods and forms of traditional northeastern rural building, but with a clean, definitive twist.

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This post has been sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors.