4. Architecture Demarest Modern Gingerbread Residence
In an annual architectural standoff of the masters in baking, Dallas’s TKO showroom selected this modern residential gingerbread house as their first place winner. Built by Architecture Demarest, the home’s cantilevered design and delectable landscaped yard with swimming pool is a unique take on this cookie home building tradition. TKO says that their competition focused on “architecturally sound and design driven houses,” and that all the fun is in the spirit of charity. This year’s competition will benefit the CityWalk Playground.
5. San Francisco Painted Ladies Tribute
Now in its 4th year tradition, the Fairmont has been creating larger than life gingerbread buildings. In a joint effort between the Fairmont Hotel‘s kitchen and engineering groups, a 22ft high tribute to San Francisco’s very own Painted Ladies has just been unveiled. Known for the brightly painted facades, these homes in San Francisco are a major attraction for camera-wielding tourists.
Gingertown is the best example of creative collaboration between large numbers of gingerbread architects. Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, invites leading architects, designers, and architectural firms in the D.C. area to design an build an entire city of candy, cookie, and confection. Participants chose a plot from a master plan designed by David M. Scwarz Architects, and are then free to develop their hand-crafted gingerbread building any way they like. This year’s town displayed over 50 buildings including a dental office, dog park, clock tower, coffee shop, and bookstore set facing candy sprinkled street with candy cane street lights. In addition to raising sponsor funds to give to charity, the Gingertown buildings are donated and displayed at local hospitals, health care facilities and community support organizations to help spread the message of joy and hope during the holidays.