NAHB Platinum Regional Award - "Best in the Northeast" - January 21, 2015
At the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas, the National Association of Home Builder's recognized Wolf Architects' Sustainable Urban Villa as the "North Atlantic Regional Winner," a special category in the Best in American Living Awards. The "Best in Region" winners displayed "exceptional design characteristics that stood out among other winners in their region," according to the NAHB. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, residence emphasizes the natural features of its site, with planters, roof decks, a green wall, and landscaped garden, the design of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. A meditation hut with a green roof is located in the garden. Inside the house, window seats and corner windows offer views into the trees; sliding panels feature leaf cut-outs derived from nearby trees; and a birch-bark column introduces the theme of nature inside.