SPECHT ARCHITECTS, Austin, TX and New York, NY

The Sundial House in Santa Fe is the 2017 winner of the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in New Mexico. The designers are Specht Architects, with offices in Austin, TX and New York City. This ridgetop house in Santa Fe is organized around a pair of perpendicular concrete walls. The walls serve as an element of continuity, linking interior and exterior spaces with the landscape beyond. A narrow skylight runs the entire 125' length of one wall, casting changing shadows on the board formed concrete over the span of the day.The front of the house is set into the earth. The entry procession flows through a recessed courtyard into a cool, private vestibule. An opening cut into one of the concrete walls then leads into the main body of the house, where panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are revealed. The large expanses of glass are deeply shaded by the cantilevered roof forms that create portales around the perimeter.

2017 Jury

Benjamin Gilmartin, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Ane Gonzalez Lara, UNM
Charlotte McKernan, UNM
Charles Menefee, University of Virginia
Teresa Rosano, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects