Avenier Cornejo has been announced as the winner of the AR’s Emerging Architecture awards 2017 along with two Highly Commended projects: the Fort Vechten Waterline Museum by Studio Anne Holtrop and José Luis Muñoz’ Casa de Los Vientos
Announced at the awards ceremony at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin, Christelle Avenier and Miguel Cornejo have been declared this year’s winner of the AR Emerging Architecture awards and have received the coveted £10,000 prize. Their Rue Bonnet social housing project in Paris was selected from a shortlist of 14 by this year’s judging panel, which comprised Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, co-founder of Sauerbruch Hutton Matthias Sauerbruch as well as director of iredale pedersen hook architects Martyn Hook.
The judging panel applauded Avenier and Cornejo’s realisation of social housing in a challenging urban environment and the ambition to tackle important and pertinent social issues. An insistence on generous internal spaces and the practice’s high quality and well-detailed treatment of materiality, contrasting robust brick street facades grounded in the local context with delicate metal cladding around the internal courtyard, all on an extremely tight budget, was also commended. The architects insist that ‘even social housing can be noble’.
Joining the winner, the judges selected two Highly Commended projects: the Fort Vechten Waterline Museum in Utrecht in the Netherlands by Studio Anne Holtrop and José Luis Muñoz’ Casa de Los Vientos in Cádiz in Spain. The judges were impressed by Studio Anne Holtrop’s sophisticated and gestural architectural language, while the Casa de Los Vientos was praised for its economy of material with a drastically reduced budget.