• AR House awards 2018 The Architectural Review

    24 July 2018

    ZAV Architects’ Habitat for Orphan Girls announced as winner of the 2018 AR House awards.

    Out of the sixteen homes shortlisted by the judging panel, six made it to the final round and were visited by independent critics before the judging panel decided on a winner. The Iranian girls’ orphanage was chosen as the overall winner of this year’s AR House awards by judges Amin Taha, Marie-José Van Hee and Mathias Klotz.



    Habitat for Orphan Girls in Khansar, Iran by ZAV Architects

    Set in the foothills of the Zagros mountains, the Habitat for Orphan Girls was chosen as the overall winner of this year’s AR House awards by the judging panel. By giving vulnerable children a safe and culturally sensitive environment, ZAV Architects present new and alternative forms of domesticity in Iran.


    Judge’s comment:

    ‘Habitat for Orphan Girls by ZAV Architects is an atypical project that has no ambitions in the architectural sense of monumentality. The expression of the “inner” quality, however, is monumental – and also brave.’

    – Marie-José Van Hee

    The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032855.article 



    Highly Commended

    House in Nobeoka by Schemata Architects

    The exterior of Schemata Architects’ house in Nobeoka is non-descript, blending seamlessly in the street, but the interior is curious and unexpected, with 60% of the floor area devoid of furniture or immediately obvious function: the family’s residence is on the upper floor, while the steel-framed warehouse and empty multi-purpose space on the ground floor lend themselves to a wide range of activities.


    Judge’s comment:
    ‘With the house in Nobeoka, Schemata Architects have given new life to a structure without value; the project contributes to sustainability and generates conditions for new future uses.’

    Mathias Klotz

    The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032854.article




    Highly Commended

    Binh House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

    As a new addition to the House for Trees series, Vo Trong Nghia Architect’s Binh house in Ho Chi Minh City is their latest radical integration of greenery into architecture. Responding to the bland concrete behemoths developed in the region over recent decades, the playful section of Binh House reveals a complex arrangement of floating rooms, protruding planes, interstitial airspace and lush planted terraces.


    Judge’s comment:

    ‘Reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s Villa Shodhan, Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ Binh House in Vietnam serves as an inspiring experiment to predict a model for the subtropical, intergenerational and high-density suburban villa-cum-townhouse.’

    Amin Taha

    The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032865.article



    Casa Bruma in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by Fernanda Canales & Claudia Rodríguez

    Set on a rural verdant hillside 100 miles south-west of Mexico City, the Casa Bruma holiday home embraces and nurtures nature. Each of its nine discrete units is in close proximity to the others through the courtyard or via the covered walkways.

    Judge’s comment:

    ‘The architects have shaped an outside room by nestling pavilions around a courtyard, just like an old settlement in a forest clearing. Very well detailed, Casa Bruma is contextual architecture at its best.’

    – Marie-José Van Hee

     The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032915.article




    Casa IV in Elche, Spain by Mesura

    Strategically laid out in relation to climate and orientation, this vaulted rectilinear volume is an elongated brick and concrete garden pavilion creating space around it as much as within. The exterior spaces are seamless extensions of its interior spaces.


    Judge’s comment:

    The extension demonstrates an uncompromising and beautiful unity of structure and aesthetic composition. By adding just two rooms, the architects successfully transformed the original villa.’

    Amin Taha

     The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032949.article




    Kokoon by Helsinki’s Aalto University Wood Programme, Finland

    Aalto University Wood program’s Kokoon is a modular, portable and temporary housing system made of stackable units providing living space for up to three months, suggesting new possibilities for superior forms of emergency shelter.


    Judge’s comment:

    ‘By taking charge of a global problem in a sustainable, flexible manner with limited impact, the project tackles both social and environmental issues. This way of restoring the urban fabric is a good example for young architects, especially in poor urban contexts’

    Mathias Klotz


    The AR’s full building study is available here: https://www.architectural-review.com/10032900.article



    Full shortlist


    This year’s shortlist of 16 projects includes houses from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia, Canada, Latin America, Iran, Vietnam, India, Nepal and Japan

    • Kaleka House, India by Matra Architects
    • Mylla, Norway by Mork Ulnes Architects
    • Townships Farmhouse, Canada by LAMAS
    • House at Lake Rupanco, Chile by Squella Architects
    • Kew House, United Kingdom by McLaren Excell
    • Planar House, Brazil by Studio MK27
    • Långharen, Sweden by Kjellander Sjöberg
    • La Diana, Spain by CRÜ Studio
    • 81 Hollybrook Grove, Republic of Ireland by David Leech Architects
    • Rebuilt Nepal by Hsieh Ying Chun and Atelier-3
    • Kokoon, Finland by the Aalto University Wood Program – Commended
    • Casa IV, Spain by Mesura – Commended
    • Casa Bruma, Mexico by Fernanda Canales – Commended
    • House in Nobeoka, Japan by Schemata Architects – Highly Commended
    • Binh House, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects – Highly Commended
    • Habitat for Orphan Girls, Iran by ZAV Architects – Winner

     For more information on the shortlist, please visit https://www.architectural-review.com/10031846.article






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