The popular and longest running category the WAN House of the Year Award 2017 celebrates projects by architects who continue to push the creative envelope by designing ever more stylish yet sustainable single-family houses, balancing innovation with efficiency and functionality with aesthetic rigour.
Selected for their expertise in this category, this year’s esteemed jury panel were: Olga Gomez, Director at Squire and Partners, John Hemsworth, Founder and Lead Designer at Hemsworth Architecture, Heinz Richardson, Director at Jestico + Whiles, Mark Smyth, Associate at The Manser Practice and Carl Turner, Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects.
Shortlist listed in no particular order:
“I think this house is incredibly theatrical, it has a tour de force. It is a huge piece of work!” Heinz Richardson
“I think it's a really fascinating project and probably a project you would like to visit. I think they’ve done a really amazing job creating a great space by using raw material like concrete and steel. I think as a conversion in this part of London, it’s a pretty impressive project.” Carl Turner
“It’s not been afraid to do things. It’s gutsy.” Mark Smyth
“I think it's really good to have a modest sized house, it has got a strong tectonic form. It's not addressing the street, but feels like it's somehow got quite a friendly face at night. It's showing an ambition in what it describes as a fairly edgy neighbourhood.” Carl Turner
“The site typology is quite unique. It is a nice shape, I am curious how they make it so neat. For being a cheap material and creating this kind of shape, is good.” Olga Gomez
“I think it does some interesting things, the plan is fairly simple and when you look at the section, it works on the levels. They use bamboo in an interesting way.” Heinz Richardson
“I think it's interesting and complex. I like the facade treatment and that it's quite blank, I like the concept and that they’ve gone for it.” Mark Smyth
“I like the concept. I think it's very unique.” Olga Gomez
“Very, very considered detailing. It’s quite rich in its materials, there’s a lot of things which I think are really nice. It has an understanding of place, context and culture.” Heinz Richardson
“An infinity pool can sometimes look quite ‘blingy’ but it’s very subtly done which draws you in and it merges with the landscape.” Mark Smyth
“There’s something very intriguing. It’s a very nice diagram. I love the stone.” Olga Gomez
“It’s incredibly well-realised. It’s an achievement that they got this house through in quite a conservative part of the country. I think that this is a stunning house in many ways and I think that it’s beautiful. It’s a good exemplar of a tried and tested formula. It’s really hard to make a house look as simple and elegant as this.” Heinz Richardson
“Clean, simple, concise form with clear relationship to the ground plane.” John Hemsworth
“I think the cantilever is really well done, there’s something beautiful about that junction.” Olga Gomez
“This is giving it some! I thought that this was ‘wow’. It’s amazing, talk about making something look simple and beautiful. I think this house for me has two simple moves, which are then expressed and form the architecture, it’s just a stunning, stunning house.” Heinz Richardson
“For me it’s such a seductive house, the landscape, the setting, the red sky and stylistically I am very studious by it because it’s so simple, raw and powerful.” Carl Turner
“A clear and strong formal response to the beauty of the site.” John Hemsworth
WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six finalists in the WAN House of the Year Award.
The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.