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Marvin Architects Challenge

Marvin Windows and Doors, a top-tier brand offering a one-of-a-kind design experience at 7 Tide, believes that beautiful buildings can change lives. What’s more, the Marvin team is confident that quality windows and doors are essential to well-designed homes. Marvin’s customization capabilities offer architects, designers and homeowners a unique opportunity to create something special.

As a testimony to this philosophy, each year Marvin Windows and Doors conducts the Marvin Architects Challenge. This contest curates the best of the best in architectural design using Marvin Windows and Doors throughout North America. In 2016, there were six juried winners from a field of more than 100 submissions, chosen by a panel of three outstanding architects: Manny Gonzales, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CAASH; Ted Flato, FAIA; and Robert M Gurney, FAIA.

The 7 Tide community may be interested to note that three of the six award winning projects were located in and designed by architects from New England, a stellar indication of the design talent in our region. At 7 Tide, we’ve made it our mission to celebrate innovative design and we hope you will too.  Presenting the three 2016 Marvin Architect’s Challenge winners from New England and their exceptional designs:

Prospect Residence – Providence, RI
Albert Garcia, KITE Architects, Inc.

Located in the heart of College Hill, this residential renovation project is surrounded by historic residences, as well as Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Albert Garcia’s design focus was to visually and spatially transform the formerly reclusive building and landscape, into a modern, progressive residence with new meaningful connections to its vibrant center of residential and student activity. Structural modifications to existing dormers and new windows bring light and views deep into the interiors of the house. Interior layout and entrances were completely redefined to improve the natural flow between living spaces and connections to the outdoors, while at the same time maintaining privacy for the owners in this urban setting.


Judges’ comments: “The remodel takes a tired and dated existing home and transforms it into an edgy contemporary winner. The open ceiling and two dramatic window walls allows light to cascade into the home as it plays off the white walls and wood floors creating a museum like quality to the space.”

Micro House – Huntington, VT
Elizabeth Herrmann, Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design

This project is a newly constructed 430-square-foot home for an artist on a property with spectacular views in rural Vermont. The program was simple: a bathroom, sleeping area, kitchen, storage, dining/work table, living space that could double as guest sleeping and a sleeping loft. While open in plan, the living level was sculpted so that each of the different areas of use have definition and a sense of place, without being static or confining, and so that the house could comfortably accommodate visitors. Windows have a wood, shadow-lined surround, a subtle detail to punctuate the openings without detracting from the view.


Judges’ Comments: “Marvelous design of an extremely compact 430 square foot home, but it’s the skillful execution of window sizes and arrangements that bring the home to life.”

Edgewater II – Harrisville, NH
Dan Scully, Daniel V. Scully Architecture + Design

Before the renovation, Edgewater looked like an inappropriate 1970s spec house, with an aggressively tall and pointed gable toward the water. It was all sliders, a gable full of glass without refinement, and clapboards with tight ‘mean’ trim. The solution was in the windows, and the trim around them. The project became a total renovation. The interior was reconfigured, the windows all changed, the siding and trim as if from a different generation. Sliders and glass gables were replaced with large double hung windows, with window muttons. The effect is a shingle-style wall, with surface punched windows of the period, rather than the pseudo-contemporary all-glass look of the original.


Judges’ Comments: “Transformative remodel that takes a home that was tired, dated and uninspired and creates a home that has charm and character. But beyond that, it takes a home that looks like it could have been in any old subdivision anywhere and creates a home that responds to the New Hampshire lake country setting beautifully.”

We are both proud and inspired by the architect community in New England and the work submitted for the 8th Annual Marvin Architects Challenge. We invite you to learn more about the winning projects here. For more information on Marvin at 7 Tide, and how you can experience this top-tier brand, click here.