AR House Award invites entries for the best one-off house
AR House 2011 is now open for entries. This new award for the best one-off house was launched last year, and its inaugural cycle attracted over 200 entries from around the world. Last year’s winner was the House of Balls in Ahmedabad by Gurjit Singh Matharoo, a delightful essay in economy and sensuality, which proved that genuine innovation does not require vast budgetary resources.
In the history of architecture, the private house occupies a unique position. Beyond its core function of shelter, the house is an object of fantasy, a source of delight, a talisman and a testing ground for ideas.
Where would modern architecture be without the Villa Savoye or the Tugendhat, Schminke and Farnsworth Houses? All were calls to arms on a long hard road of discovery and experimentation that not only changed ideas about the modern house, but also had a wider cultural resonance.
The house is also the one commission that virtually all architects tackle at some stage in their careers, so AR House has no age limit and a generous prize fund of £10,000. Only built projects are eligible, and winning and commended schemes will be published in a special issue of the AR.
For details on how to enter, go to www.arhouse.co.uk. The closing date for submissions is Friday 27 May.