Winners of the Best of LaCantina 2018 Design Competition Are Announced

LaCantina Doors (LaCantina) has announced the winners of its annual architect’s design competition, Best of LaCantina 2018. Seven projects from across the country were awarded in the following categories, Best in Show; Best Rural Residential; Best Suburban Residential; Best Urban Residential; Best Commercial; Best Compact and Most Innovative.

The winning projects were judged on architectural excellence, creative design and the best of use of LaCantina door and window products to transform open spaces and enhance lifestyle.

Beinfield Architecture did a remarkable job of incorporating the LaCantina philosophy of connecting indoor outdoor spaces,” notes Lee Maughan, general manager, LaCantina. “Creating walls of glass to maximize the space of such a unique structure is exactly the innovative thinking we look for when judging the Best of LaCantina competition.”

Here are the designs from the competition this year; projects that epitomize the best of LaCantina.

Best in Show Trolley House by Beinfield Architecture PC, chosen for its use of LaCantina’s Multi Slide Systems to create entire walls of operable glass walls on both levels. LaCantina’s Multi Slide Systems allow natural light to drench the interior of the home every morning and offers views of the greater Long Island Sound.

For the second consecutive year, the Best Rural Residential category was awarded to Craig McMahon Architects for Piebald Ranch, situated in Texas hill country. The two 10-foot tall by 20-foot wide LaCantina Pocket Sliding Door Systems blend the inside and outside spaces around the main courtyard to create a dramatic living experience.

The Corner Pocket House by Edward Ogosta Architecture wins Best Suburban Residential. The architects used the LaCantina folding glass door system in the main common room to open the house at opposite ends, optimizing light penetration, cross-ventilation, and spatial flow through to the tree-shaded courtyards.

Dolores Street by Rossington Architecture wins Best Urban Residential for its transformation of an overlooked rear yard into an urban oasis. The Contemporary Clad Zero Post Corner Folding System from LaCantina was used to realize the owner’s desire to create a true indoor-outdoor experience.

Guest House by Jeffery Miller emerged victorious in the Best Compact category for its use of LaCantina Folding Systems. LaCantina products are vital to enjoy the back of site water features and views of the Pacific Ocean.

Best Commercial project goes to Studio 222 Architects for its use of LaCantina Folding Doors in Lou Malnati’s in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. With LaCantina’s bifold door system, guests can experience an indoor-outdoor dining experience.

Most Innovative goes to Dean Homes for their Clyde Hill Modern house in Washington, which uses the LaCantina Pocket Multi Slide System to showcase views of the Puget Sound area.

The Best in Show winner and a guest will travel to New York, for a 3-day, 2-night trip to experience AIANY’s Archtober, a month-long festival that celebrates the architecture of the city.

To view the Best of LaCantina 2018 winning projects, visit

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