Cutler Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island recently won a 2016 American Institute of Architects Housing Award for this glorious home in Newberg, Oregon.

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Photo: Jeremy Bitterman/Cutler Anderson Architects

The single-family, 1,440-square-foot residence and 550-square-foot guesthouse are located on a peaceful, man-made pond on a portion of the owner’s farmland that was not fit for growing crops.

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Photo: Jeremy Bitterman/Cutler Anderson Architects

The design places the owners in the heart of nature. Wild creatures come to the water and splash around, and birds and squirrels can be seen through the home’s huge panoramic windows.

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Photo: Jeremy Bitterman/Cutler Anderson Architects

When visitors come to the home, they must park their vehicles 150 feet away. They then walk through the forest to a bridge crossing a small section of the pond, and on to the main entry. You can’t see the pond until the front door is opened. It’s sort of the inverse of a grand entrance — the house makes the first magnificent impression instead of the guest.

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Photo: Jeremy Bitterman/Cutler Anderson Architects

The American Institute of Architects jury described the home in these terms: “[e]legant design demonstrates joy of living with nature – not requiring a grand vista or dramatic landscape. Thoughtful siting as bridge over pond, elegantly detailed. Simple, clean proportions, warm wood interiors.”

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Photo: Jeremy Bitterman/Cutler Anderson Architects

Those are some fancy compliments for these Bainbridge designers. Check out a few of Cutler Anderson Architects’ other incredible architectural wonders here.

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