Marfa Suite by CAPLA Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Jesús Edmundo Robles Jr and his firm DUST Architects was named one of 15 homes woldwide shortlisted for the esteemed AR 2021 House Award by Architectural Record.
DUST Architects, which is run by Robles and partner Cade Hayes, is one of just two U.S. architecture firms that made the cut, and the Marfa Suite is the only house in America to make the list. Robles served as design architect while Hayes served as project architect.
In naming the finalists, judges looked for “ingenious and pioneering houses that seek to push the type forward,” says Architectural Record in its November 2021 announcement. “The panel noted that they were looking for projects that push the boundaries of what a home is and could serve as a model or inspiration for other houses. They were interested in houses that have come from ordinary beginnings but have become something special.”
Marfa Suite, which was completed in the winter of 2020 in Marfa, Texas—and has also been featured in The New York Times and Dwell—was born from “a desire to build an addition that preserved and complemented an existing adobe home’s character and viewsheds while providing a private collection of rooms for a couple to seek refuge when family and friends visit,” says Robles. “The home offers a lived experience that developed into spaces of calm respite and a place to engage with the landscape, work remotely, create art and enjoy time, space and light where the expansive West Texas sky meets the promise of the horizon.”