New prestigious architectural award for Norwegian architects.
Norwegian architects mark internationally, among other things, this property in the Sognefjord was featured in The New York Times last year.
At the same time, the architects at Snøhetta won the “World building of the year” award at the visiting center. Recently, the architects Eriksen Skajaa was listed in this year’s edition of Wallpapers “Architects Directory”.
This summer, the Oslo-based office Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects won the award for their angular “The Dune House”, located in the English countryside, near Thorington in Suffolk.
It is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who allocates the price each year to buildings and homes that have made the greatest contribution to the development of the architecture last year.
The Institute has awarded similar prices since 1966 and is given to buildings located in the United Kingdom. This year, a total of 50 buildings were picked out.
– It is very nice to get such recognition. It is also nice to know that it has been well received by locals, says Håkon Vigsnæs in Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects who together with Mole Architects, one of the most acclaimed architectural offices in the UK, has been behind the project.
On teams with the surroundings
Vigsnæs points out to Bonytt that, although The Dune House is a modern house, it is absolutely possible to find references to the surrounding settlement, which locals have appreciated.
– The Dune House is a new interpretation of the English coastal homes found in the picturesque village of Thorpeness, an idyllic place by the sea amidst rolling dunes.
You enter the house via a walkway. On the first floor you have a 360 degree view where you see all sides of the landscape and the sea. And because the house is built as a rental housing where several people can rent together, it has been a point for the architects that residents should have private zones.
Therefore, there is also a big difference between the first floor and the top floor, both in shape and function. The first floor is distinctly open and social with large glass facades. While the “cabin-like” top floor is more screened and private.
The rental business is by the way the Living Architecture that stands for. An organization that rents out several award-winning holiday homes. The concept wants to give ordinary people the opportunity to live in a nice piece of architecture, as it is called – even for just a few days.
The lid hangs closest to the loose air
The house can accommodate up to 9 people and has five bedrooms each with their own bathroom. Separate shower and toilet facilities are attached to each room.
Living Architecture states that the Suffolk region is rich in opportunities for all ages, including walking, cycling and swimming. But should you stay in The Dune House, you must be patient, it’s already booked until September 2013.
The most eye-catching of the house is the roof, dressed in a light tinted orange steel alloy that reflects the changing colors of the sea and sky.
RIBA just fell for the asymmetrical and innovative roof geometry program, yet still playing with the cabins in the area.
President Kim Skaara of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) certainly believes the RIBA Prize sends an inspiring signal to the Norwegian architectural community.
– If it is proof that we claim better internationally than before is difficult to say, but we see that the low-key Nordic architecture often scores high. And we still make ourselves noted in international journals and on the web. Very often, projects are good at energy economics, material use and sustainable architecture.
– Nevertheless, it is said that there is a difference in prices, but this price from RIBA is high. In addition, such awards bring editorial mention – and it is never stupid for an architectural office.
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