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Shortlist for the AR House awards announced

The 15 shortlisted projects include houses in the USA, Venezuela, China, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Spain, Peru, Australia and Chile

AR House 2017

AR House 2017

The private house occupies a unique position in both the history of architecture and human imagination. Beyond its core function of shelter, it is an object of fantasy, a source of delight, a talisman and a testing ground.

AR House recognises innovation and excellence in the design of dwellings. As the one commission that virtually all architects tackle at some stage in their careers, the house is still an important rite of passage for young designers. Offering the potential for genuine innovation, it remains critical to the ferment and crystallisation of new architectural ideas.

This year’s judging panel included leading British architects Jamie Fobert and Tony Fretton, as well as Christine Murray, editor-in-chief of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal. Over 250 entries were received from around the globe and considered by the judges, who were looking for ingenious and future-leading houses that seek to push the type forward. 

When Fobert quotes Duchamp’s famous ‘architecture is sculpture with plumbing’, the jury was prompted to discuss the criteria that were to influence their decision. Should a house be an inhabitable artwork? A piece of art comes with a ‘degree of dysfunctionality’, remarks Fretton, while a house is ‘psychologically more complicated’ and ought to be ‘pragmatically workable’ – a balance, subtle at times, that lies in the hands of the architect.

To what extent does the house anticipate occupation? Does it allow flexibility for different forms of inhabitation in future? The relationship between interior, exterior and wider surroundings was also identified as a critical component for a successful project. ‘Different contexts call for different responsibilities’, says Fobert. But a project should always be stylistically eloquent. 

The winner and commended projects will be announced online at the end of the month and published in the July/August issue of The Architectural Review.

AR House awards shortlist

Calders House, Spain, NARCH

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Ag 0385web

Moving House, Australia, Architects EAT

Movinghouse 01 low

Movinghouse 01 low

Ancon House, Peru, Barclay & Crousse Architecture

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Ca 007lr 1

Guangming Village Post-Earthquake Reconstruction and Demonstration House, China, Edward Ng + Li Wan + Xinan Chi

06 street facade

06 street facade

Lille Arøya, Norway, Lund Hagem

H9a4798

H9a4798

House in Morrillos, Chile, Cristián Izquierdo

Ext 1 a

Ext 1 a

Renovation of the Captain’s House, China, Vector Architects

High res 10

High res 10

Coogee House, Australia, Chenchow Little Architects

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Arhouse2017 3487 chenchowlittle coogeehouse lowresimage 00 peterbennetts

Parallelogram House, Canada, 5468796 Architecture

546 parallelogram

546 parallelogram

Redshank, UK, Lisa Shell Architects

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170528 ar cork house26 luke hayes

County Seat Valkenberg, Netherlands, Ard de Vries Architecten

01 landgoed valkenberg

01 landgoed valkenberg

He, She & It, USA, Davidson Rafailidis

She exterior

She exterior

Gyroscopic House, Venezuela, Lab.Pro.Fab

Gyroscopic house rd 4 reduced

Gyroscopic house rd 4 reduced

Inverted House, Japan, Oslo School of Architecture and Kengo Kuma & Associates

Oslo school 013

Oslo school 013

Netherhall Gardens, UK, Brinkworth

Netherhall Gardens

Netherhall Gardens