AR House Awards 2021 Results Announced, Former Auto Repair Shop Crowned Winner | New
Winner: El Garaje in Madrid, Spain, by Nomos. Photography: Luis Asin
The Architectural review announced the results of the AR House Awards for 2021, recognizing six residential projects from around the world.
The winning house was chosen by a jury that included three previous AR House finalists: Fernanda Canales, architect, designer, critic and curator based in Mexico; Tina GregoriÄ, co-founder of Dekleva GregoriÄ Architects; and David Leech, founder of David Leech Architects.
Winner: El Garaje in Madrid, Spain, by Nomos
The top prize this year went to El Garaje, where Nomos Architects turned an auto repair shop into a home in Madrid, Spain. Responding to the complex architectural interventions required by the space’s commercial past, including an exposed entrance to the street, Nomos capitalized on the high ceilings and open plan of the space to create a vibrant and affordable home for a youngster. couple.
Design interventions include inserting new windows into the concrete facade and maintaining the frame of the old garage door, allowing natural light to flood the deep floor plan via a sequence of door frames aligned. Judge Fernanda Canales praised the project for the way it “rethinks the typology of housing as an element to reactivate underused spaces in cities and transform rigid and obsolete infrastructure into living solutions”.
Highly Recommended: House HamburgÃ¶ in BohuslÃ¤n, Sweden, by Manthey Kula
Highly Recommended: House HamburgÃ¶ in BohuslÃ¤n, Sweden, by Manthey Kula. Photography: Mikael Olsson
Set in a rocky landscape, Manthey Kula’s HamburgÃ¶ house responds to the weak, fragile sunlight of the region with a long, slender house suspended from two glued-laminated timber arches. Praising the highly recommended project, Judge Tina GregoriÄ said: “The project artfully embraces the ruin of the barn for an elevated work and life experience in a remote setting with modest but precise intervention.”
Highly Recommended: House in Kanazawa, Japan, by Shota Nakanishi Architects
Highly Recommended: House in Kanazawa, Japan, by Shota Nakanishi Architects. Photography: Shinkenchiku-sha
Shota Nakanishi Architects’ highly recommended home sees a large, gently sloped single-sided roof suspended over a sheltered veranda by the side of the street. The result is social space on the ground floor and vibrant living spaces on the upper floors. Justice David Leech noted: âArchitecture is the opposite of a singular concept or diagram, but rather is made up of layers of many smaller thoughts – environmental, spatial, contextual and material among so many. others.
Recommended: Beaconsfield House in Perth, Australia, by Simon Pendal Architect
Recommended: Beaconsfield House in Perth, Australia, by Simon Pendal Architect. Photography: Rob Frith
In their Beaconsfield home, architect Simon Pendal enlarged and renovated a 1940s suburban home to create a series of spaces entering and exiting a large open garden. Judge Tina GregoriÄ said: âBy rethinking the suburban cottage as the typology, culture and fragility of the hyper-local, the Beaconsfield House reintroduces a particular Indigenous consciousness to create a fluid, inner-outer domesticity.
Weekend House on the island of Salamis, Greece, by AREA (Architecture Research Athens)
Weekend House on the island of Salamis, Greece, by AREA (Architecture Research Athens). Photography: Yorgis Yerolymbos
AREA’s Weekend House sees towering walls guiding visitors to a main patio, creating a gradual transition from the street to the interior. This transition is further accentuated by the empty interior spaces to connect the house to the exterior. Judge Fernanda Canales said the project “promotes ambiguous definitions between interiors and exteriors and promotes the use of elements that allow architecture to change.”
Artist studio HlÃ¶Ã°uberg in SkarÃ°sstrÃ¶nd, Iceland, by Studio Bua
Artist studio HlÃ¶Ã°uberg in SkarÃ°sstrÃ¶nd, Iceland, by Studio Bua. Photography: Marino Thorlacius
Studio Bua’s workshop is located in the old walls of a barn, spatially meeting the needs of its artist inhabitant. Judge Fernanda Calales described the project as âan attractive example of how to deal with obsolete structures and respect the existing landscape. The intervention portrays an understanding of architecture as an ongoing process based on the reuse of materials and the addition of space and light.
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