It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 23/10/08
The Private Houses jury sought projects that would challenge our thinking about domestic space, projects that used the opportunity provided by the individual house to develop ideas and generate discussion.
We were presented with many carefully considered, skilful and often beautifully crafted houses, working with a large variety of conditions and contexts, but the premiated project – Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto Architects – goes further. It develops approaches to flexible space through the ideas of a ‘primitive wooden architecture’ and a ‘primitive place for human inhabitation’.The result is a captivating work in which building fabric, structure, furniture and so on merge in an ever-changing ´landscape of inhabitation´. There are no typical plans or sections, with the spatial configuration changing every 35mm. This is a difficult house, but one which opens up the way we might think about domestic space.
The field included a sequence of striking works on extraordinary sites, along with a number of projects for tighter urban environments. There were three highly commended projects.
WINNER Final Wooden House, Japan, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan
HIGHLY COMMENDED House O, Japan, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan
HIGHLY COMMENDED IJburg house, Netherlands, Marc Koehler Architects, Netherlands
HIGHLY COMMENDED Nautilus House, Mexico, Senosiain Architects, Mexico
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