Scottsdale, Ariz.
Architect: David C. Hovey, FAIA
Client: Optima Camelview Village LLC
Contractor: Optima Construction, Inc.

"This is not American housing," one juror declared about the 11 seven-story buildings that make up Camelview Village. Jurors detected a "European feeling" to this mixed-use, mostly residential project in the Sonoran Desert. They credited the building typology with creating "a quite sophisticated oasis of green space [with] generous living." The architects' project brief describes the composition as "a site-sensitive vocabulary of layered volumes, shades, light, colors, textures and transparency." Jurors christened the concept "humane" and the planning "sophisticated." Materials include travertine and bluestone flooring, sandstone panels, wood veneer cabinets and solid stone countertops.