We asked an expert jury and our audience to choose the best projects of the year.

On a rustic strip of coastline near Puerto Escondido, Mexico, S-AR designed a beach getaway with an open concrete grid that frames its natural surroundings.

To honor the most outstanding projects we published last year, we enlisted our readers and an expert panel of judges to select the most creative, context-driven designs across eight categories for the Dwell Design Awards. The winners, runner-ups, and community picks display imagination in their form, consideration in their materiality, connection to their environments, and innovation in how they frame a way of living.

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Winner: Casa Cosmos by S-AR

On a rustic strip of coastline near Puerto Escondido, Mexico, S-AR designed a beach getaway with an open concrete grid that frames its natural surroundings.

On a rustic strip of coastline near Puerto Escondido, Mexico, S-AR designed a beach getaway with an open concrete grid that frames its natural surroundings.

Photo: Benjamin Rasmussen

“It’s rational and poetic all at once, a paradox in paradise.”

—Suchi Reddy, architect

Runner-Up: Cockpit in Wild Plants by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Tucked into the hillside of a southern sloping site, the stepped design finds a balance between sunshine and ventilation. Native plants become a part of the home’s living envelope, "in order to make it look like the earth has been lifted up as it is," explains Nakamura.
Inspired by ancient ruins, Frankie Pappas crafts a green-roofed, brick guesthouse that connects deeply with nature in the South African Bushveld.

See the full story on Dwell.com: Drumroll, Please—Announcing the Winners of the Dwell Design Awards

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