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
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
Moving House, Australia, Architects EAT
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Ancon House, Peru, Barclay & Crousse Architecture
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Guangming Village Post-Earthquake Reconstruction and Demonstration House, China, Edward Ng + Li Wan + Xinan Chi
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Lille Arøya, Norway, Lund Hagem
House in Morrillos, Chile, Cristián Izquierdo
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Renovation of the Captain’s House, China, Vector Architects
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Coogee House, Australia, Chenchow Little Architects
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Parallelogram House, Canada, 5468796 Architecture
Redshank, UK, Lisa Shell Architects
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County Seat Valkenberg, Netherlands, Ard de Vries Architecten
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He, She & It, USA, Davidson Rafailidis
Gyroscopic House, Venezuela, Lab.Pro.Fab
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Inverted House, Japan, Oslo School of Architecture and Kengo Kuma & Associates
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Netherhall Gardens, UK, Brinkworth