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Atlanta’s best homes, architects recognized at gala

AIA Atlanta’s ‘Build Something Great’ event highlights homes across the city and around the globe, designed by local firms

Residential architecture comes in many forms, from single-family homes on sprawling estates to towering high-rise condos with hundreds of units. Given the range, it can be difficult to discern what the best really is.

However, a jury of design professionals whittled down an immense list of residences affiliated with Atlanta — either built in the metro area or designed by metro-based firms — as part of the 2016 Residential Design Awards.

Winners of the awards were announced at the annual AIA Atlanta event Build Something Great, held on the Westside a few weeks ago.

Six projects were recognized in four categories, which featured both single-family and multifamily projects from the last year.

Drum roll, please ...

In the single-family: non-traditional category, the Nantahala Mountain Retreat in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, designed by Michael Neiswander, AIA, received an Honor award.

Additionally, Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects was recognized with a Merit citation for their Casa DeSilva in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

On the traditional side of things, Brightwater Homes received an Honor award for their Yonson Residence in Milton. The firm is also a big contributor to design in Serenbe.

On the larger side of things, Lord Aeck Sargent’s Seventh Midtown was awarded an Honor citation in the multifamily category, while Dwell Design studio was recognized with a Merit award for their Brooklyn Riverside project in Jacksonville.

Finally, LS3P Associates Ltd. was recognized for their restoration work on the Lapitz Residence in Savannah (bottom right, below). While outside of even the broadest interpretations of the metro area, the restoration of the 1885 mansion wowed the jury. (Have a look inside the Italianate stunner right here).

Given Atlanta’s dicey record with preservation, maybe it’s not so shocking the award went to Savannah.