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30 Nov 2020

AR House Awards Winners for 2020

The AR House Awards Winners 2020

Monday 30th of November 2020 – Davidson Rafailidis’ house in Buffalo, New York State, US has been announced as the winner of the AR House awards 2020, alongside two Highly Commended and three Commended house projects.

Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA, design by architects Davidson Rafailidis:
Big Space, Little Space in the US
photo : Florian Holzherr

Davidson Rafailidis transformed a 1920s garage into a small house in Buffalo, NY. The house, named Big Space, Little Space, reinterprets the pre-existing living spaces to create an adaptable space that changes with the seasons and the needs of the users.

Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA

Photos by Florian Holzherr

The ‘Little Space’ consists of an enclosed, insulated area within the garage, containing a kitchen and bathroom as well as a sleeping and living space. The room overlaps with the ‘Big Spaces’: the workshop that inhabits the larger portion of the building, and in summer months expanding into the garden and the roof deck.

The winning house design was chosen by a judging panel including three previous AR House finalists: co-founder of Collectif Encore Anna Chavepayre, British architect Lisa Shell, and Dutch architect Ard de Vries. Entries were received from around the globe and considered by the judges, who were looking for ingenious and pioneering houses that seek to push the type forward.

Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA

Lisa Shell said of the winning project that it ‘achieves a level of delightful intricacy without wilfulness. The project is built from a clear narrative of opposites – a play between the intense and laconic, which is rigorous from idea through to detail.’

Ard de Vries described the project as ‘simple, elegant and flexible.’

Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA

Anna Chavepayre also commented: ‘The house’s capacity to adapt to the seasons, the changing light and the flexible devices, means it is a very big small house.’

Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA Big Space, Little Space, Buffalo, NY, USA

The winner is joined by two Highly Commended projects:

Couldrey House in Brisbane, Australia by Peter Besley and HNNA

Couldrey House in Australia by Peter Besley and HNNA
photo : Rory Gardiner

In the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, a monolithic brick house which rises from the subterranean rock with a heavy thermal mass

Lisa Shell: ‘The luscious oozing mortar of the masonry facades is delightful, as is the simple interior palette of concrete, “white” and timber.’

Anna Chavepayre: ‘The house is perfectly adapted to “the ancient and enigmatic landscape”, heavy from the outside and surprisingly light when you enter the living room situated in the canopy of the trees.’

Casa Avándaro in Mexico by Manuel Cervantes Estudio

Avándaro House in Mexico by Manuel Cervantes Estudio
photo : Rafael Gamo

A long timber house that unfurls living spaces across the landscape, branching from a simple colonnaded spine

Anna Chavepayre: ‘You feel the house can be silent and calm and filed with life.’

Ard de Vries: ‘It is a modest design in which light and air determine the quality of the interior and the exterior through the rhythm of the wooden construction.’

Three additional projects were also commended by the jury:

White Hut in Japan by ADO

White Hut in Japan, by ADO
photo : Hiroyuki Hirai

A polyhedric suburban house that opens a generous hand to the street while preserving the privacy of its inhabitants

Ard de Vries: ‘In a complex urban context the geometry formulated the quality of the interior space.’

House TP in Belgium by dmvA

House TP in Belgium by dmvA
photo : Bart Gosselin

A floating greenhouse captures light on top of a house as it attempts to integrate urban farming with domesticity

Lisa Shell: ‘House TP is curious and complex despite being a tiny low budget renovation project.’

Four Leaves in Japan by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio

Four Leaves in Japan by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio
photo : Norihito Yamauchi

An organic roof shape integrates this rural house with its natural surroundings and creates a dynamic living space below

Lisa Shell: ‘The complex play of the four roof planes transforms an otherwise unexceptional house into something very special, both internally and externally.’

The 2020 winners

Winner:
– Big Space, Little Space in the US by Davidson Rafailidis

– Highly Commended:
– Couldrey House in Australia by Peter Besley and HNNA
– Casa Avándaro in Mexico by Manuel Cervantes Estudio

– Commended:
– White Hut in Japan, by ADO
– House TP in Belgium by dmvA
– Four Leaves in Japan by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio

The full 2020 shortlist

– Casa Avándaro in Mexico by Manuel Cervantes Estudio
– Big Space, Little Space in the US by Davidson Rafailidis
– Canvas for Sky in Japan by Shota Nakanishi Architects
– Casa Naila in Mexico by BAAQ
– Couldrey House in Australia by Peter Besley and HNNA
– Daylesford Longhouse in Australia by Partners Hill
– Ditton Hill House in the UK by Surman Weston
– Four Leaves in Japan by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio
– House in Hanno in Japan by Suppose Design Office
– House TP in Belgium by dmvA
– Love2 House in Japan by Takeshi Hosaka Architects
– Ochaya House in Japan by Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates
– Villa B in the Netherlands by Powerhouse Company
– White Hut in Japan, by ADO
– Windward House in the UK by Alison Brooks Architects

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Previosuly on e-architect:

3 Oct 2020

AR House Awards Shortlist for 2020

The 15 shortlisted projects include houses from all over the world, from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, to Mexico, Japan, Australia and the US.

Windward House Gloucestershire by Alison Brooks Architects
photo © Paul Riddle

AR House Awards Shortlist for 2020

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