The annual Dwell Design Awards recognize the most exceptional homes and products that we have featured throughout the year. Our 2021 jury judged the functionality and beauty of each project, taking into account the complex demands placed on the modern home. Together, the winners present an optimistic vision for how we can live more thoughtfully, sustainably, and beautifully.
Winner: Casa Ter by Mesura
"This environmentally conscious design celebrates the use of local materials and blends naturally into the landscape."
—Tosin Oshinowo, founder and principal of cmDesign Atelier
Runner-Up: UC House by Daniela Bucio Sistos
Community Pick: Greenhouse Home by Margit-Kristine Solibakke Klev
Winner & Community Pick: Loom House by The Miller Hull Partnership
"A great example of how sustainable systems are integrated into the design to make a beautiful living space in a stunning context."
—Chris Cornelius, founding principal of Studio:Indigenous
Runner-Up: Casa Keçe by Alix and Onur Keçe
"This is an ingenious and low-cost way of creating rather remarkable residential space for so many people."
—Barbara Bestor, founding principal of Bestor Architecture
Runner-Up: Casa Mirador by Rama Estudio
Community Pick: C-Home by LOT-EK
"This tiny house finds a way to not sacrifice the spaces of social interface other homes have, like a screen porch. These kinds of spaces not only raise the quality of living for the inhabitant, they create important spaces for engaging others."
Runner-Up: Seroro House by Smaller Architects
Community Pick: Rocky Mountain Micro Cabin by Nathalie and Greg Kupfer
"Lovely—it gives the feeling of being elevated among the trees."
Runner-Up: Chiapas 168 by Vertebral
Community Pick: Five Yard House by Miro Rivera Architects
Winner & Community Pick: Round House by Feldman Architecture
"This kitchen is literally the hub of the house. Brilliantly detailed and intentionally programmed."
Runner-Up: Bent Street by Kim Kneipp
Winner: House Recast by Studio Ben Allen
"This bathroom looks like a work of art."
—Jared Blake, founder of Lichen
Runner-Up & Community Pick: River House by SAAD
"The easy-to-assemble Sidekick! Everyone needs this in their home."
Runner-Up: Iklwa Lounge Chair by Benchmark Furniture
Community Pick: The Hearth by Industrial Craft
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"We love a light that looks great on or off, and this fits the bill."
Winner & Community Pick:
"A beautifully minimalist yet functional item."
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