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Shortlist for the AR House awards 2018 announced

Shortlist grid

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

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 the Chilean architect Mathias Klotz, Belgium-based architect Marie-José van Hee and British architect Amin Taha. Over 200 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. 

‘Should a house be more about an idea than about the home?’, challenged Klotz, while Marie-José van Hee ‘was looking more at the process, than the architecture’. Amin Taha believed it was important to look for ‘an exemplar of structural elegance’, and questioned whether ‘the tradition of acknowledging political emergency housing’ should be continued in this year’s AR House shortlist.

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

Casa IV, Spain by Mesura

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Pg499 90

Photograph: Pedro Pegenaute

Casa Bruma, Mexico by Fernanda Canales

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Photograph: Rafael Gamo

81 Hollybrook Grove, Republic of Ireland by David Leech Architects

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A house in a garden 81 hollybrook grove 001

Photograph: David Grandorge

Habitat for Orphan Girls, Iran by ZAV Architects

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4.view from the west north two khansaris wear black hijab soroush majidi

Photograph: Soroush Majidi

Binh House, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Pic03 exterior oki

Photo: Hiroyuki Oki

Planar House, Brazil by Studio MK27

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Feature image

Photograph: Fernando Guerra

Kokoon, Finland by the Aalto University Wood Program

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Tuomasuusheimo 160915 kokoon 019

Photograph: Tuomas Uusheimo

Långharen, Sweden by Kjellander Sjöberg

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Kjellander sjoberg langharen house 1 johan eldrot

Photograph: Johan Eldrot

House at Lake Rupanco, Chile by Squella Architects

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Rh 08

Photograph: Magdalena Squella / Germán Squella

House in Nobeoka, Japan by Schemata Architects

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Nbnh 115 dc32440 s

Photograph: Takumi Ota

Mylla, Norway by Mork Ulnes Architects

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Myllahouse photobybrucedamonte 29

Photograph: Bruce Damonte

Kew House, United Kingdom by McLaren Excell

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Mek 1042 mxl edit 2

Photograph: Simone Bossi

La Diana, Spain by CRÜ Studio

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Photograph: Adrià Goula

Kaleka House, India by Matra Architects

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Photograph: Sunil Jain

Townships Farmhouse, Canada by LAMAS

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Northhatleyfarmhouse 0893 b

Photograph: Stéphane Groleau / Laetitia Boudaud

Rebuilt Nepal by Hsieh Ying Chun and Atelier-3

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