House of the Year 2015

The WAN House of the Year Award is our most popular and longest running award category. It’s celebration of the most ambitious and inspiring projects that have been designed by architects across the globe. We're looking for architects who have continued to push the creative envelope by designing ever more stylish yet sustainable single-family houses that balance innovation with efficiency and functionality with aesthetic rigour.

For the third year running we are delighted to announce that VOLA, the Danish company that specialise in high-end bathroom fittings, will be proudly sponsoring the WAN House of the Year 2015 Award.

Winners Exhibition

After much success in previous years, the Winners Exhibition will once again be held at the VOLA showroom in London on the 14th October, so save the date! Please RSVP by the 12th October - space is limited so please respond promptly to ensure attendance - we hope to see you there. 

This category is open to all single-family houses completed in the year 2014.

Benefits of entering  

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 160,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

The winning, shortlisted and commended entrants receive an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN.

Applicants will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website and social media platforms, being seen by a large number of industry professionals. This includes Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all house projects completed during 2014.

You must be a qualified architect to enter into this award. 

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows: 

Text summary

- We advise around 500 words for your supporting text.

- Mention the key challenges of the client brief and how your design addressed it. 

- Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as bullet points.

Images

- 6 images with the maximum dimensions of 1200 pixels width x 2000 pixels height, or minimum dimensions of 622   pixels width x 412 pixels height

- Image 1 will be your 'main image'.
- All images must be at least 72 dpi, in jpeg format                                                    

- You can upload your images and text using the upload form in 'Backstage'.

You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking  HERE

How to enter  

Click the yellow 'Enter Now' button.

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'sign up' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, please follow the instructions, ensuring you have selected the correct category.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to lydia.ocallaghan@builtenvironmentmedia.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below: 

World Architecture News
Accounts dept
15-17 Middle Street
Brighton BN1 1EL
United Kingdom

UK entries please add VAT.

DEADLINE: 31 AUGUST 2015

Judging criteria  

The jury will analyse entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form, sustainability and context, but the following three areas will carry the most weight.

  1. How your design addressed the key elements of the client brief.
  2. Specific examples of how your building has evolved in house design and/or materials.
  3. Specific examples of how it's been integrated within its context and/or community. 

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list of six projects will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £190 but an early registration price of £160.50 is available for entries made before 31st July 2015.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Compact Karst House

Shortlist

  • Dune House
  • Compact Karst House
  • Alps villa
  • Levring House
  • Balint House
  • Trübel

Commended

  • Unfinished House

Longlist

  • Birch Residence
  • Dune House
  • House of Shapes
  • OVD 919
  • Hekerua Bay Residence
  • Rancho del Arbol
  • The Cheeran House
  • OLIVE HOUSE_Log-urbis / Tea Horvat&Radovan Šobat
  • Compact Karst House
  • Stone House
  • Alps villa
  • Tower House
  • Trika Villa
  • Hupomone Ranch
  • Mazama House
  • Little House on the Ferry
  • Levring House
  • Unfinished House
  • House of four houses
  • Swartberg House
  • Doll's House
  • Fenwick Street House
  • House H
  • Balint House
  • Elephant House
  • Pier House, Sketrick Island, Northern Ireland
  • Villa New Water
  • Trübel

All entries

  • Birch Residence
  • House Set on the Valley Floor
  • Nisala Villa
  • Mask House
  • Villa Melana
  • Dune House
  • House of Shapes
  • OVD 919
  • Bel Air Villa
  • Quonochontaug House
  • Zauia House
  • Hale Palekaiko
  • House Lot 31
  • Villa J33
  • Collage House
  • Clovelly House
  • Butterfly House
  • Hekerua Bay Residence
  • SH House
  • Fuensanta House
  • Tarawera Cabin
  • Whidbey Island Retreat
  • C-Glass House
  • Rancho del Arbol
  • Private Residence on an Urban Lake
  • Mecox Bay
  • Terrace House
  • The Cheeran House
  • Portage Bay Residence
  • Bike House
  • The Lake House
  • OLIVE HOUSE_Log-urbis / Tea Horvat&Radovan Šobat
  • CASA SM04
  • Compact Karst House
  • Outside In
  • House along the Rock
  • Stone House
  • Alps villa
  • Tower House
  • Trika Villa
  • House in Todos los Santos Lake
  • premaydena house
  • Hupomone Ranch
  • Mazama House
  • Little House on the Ferry
  • Villa Am Steinbruch
  • NS residence
  • House in Wakayama
  • The Vanglo House
  • Gumno House
  • House Seali
  • Riverview House
  • Villa Kerckebosch
  • Slide House
  • Ngamwongwan House
  • Levring House
  • COLORS
  • Harbour Heights Residence
  • Unfinished House
  • House of four houses
  • Swartberg House
  • Casa Guadarrama
  • Villa Pruhonice
  • Doll's House
  • Fenwick Street House
  • WOTHOUSE
  • Azimut 601 & 635
  • House H
  • Pear Tree House
  • CJ5 - Housing in urban density
  • Balint House
  • Elephant House
  • Villa in the Beskydy Mountains
  • Pier House, Sketrick Island, Northern Ireland
  • One Column House
  • CASA31_4 Room House
  • Villa New Water
  • Messages from the sky
  • Davenport / Wilson House
  • Dune Villa
  • Reclaimed Modern
  • Trübel
  • Villa Gris
  • LA VREGIE
  • Y7-house  [Second house with a view of the sea]
  • Villa Saengootsa
  • Leaning House
  • Residence at Arakere

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Winning announcements

WAN House of the Year Award Winner 15

dekleva gregoric arhitekti redefine tradition with their Compact Karst House
Guests from across the globe joined us to award dekleva gregoric arhitekti as the winner of the House of the Year Award 2015 for their Compact Karst House at the VOLA showroom in London recently.
To reflect the quality and precision of entries into the WAN House of the Year Award category, we assembled a panel of the most eminent names within the architectural community. This year’s jury panel were: Kristian Hyde, Co-Founder of Hyde + Hyde Architects, Kieran McGonigle, Co-Founder of McGonigleMcGrath, Chantal Wilkinson, Director of Wilkinson King Architects, and Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, Principal at estudio.entresitio.
The winner was selected from the six shortlisted projects , who all had addressed the judging criteria of the award. The judges all agreed that each project had a strong sense of concept that was carried through to the architecture of each building.
The design of the small Compact Karst House corresponds to the needs of a young family, and simultaneously follows current technological principles and the tradition of the similar, almost windowless, houses of the Karst region. Redefinition of the traditional stone Karst house led to the concept of a proto-house as a compact, mono-material, pitched roof volume for contemporary countryside living in this part of Slovenia. Kristian was first to comment: “This project sends out a message that it’s not about size or budget.”
The house is conceived as a monolithic volume with two inserted wooden volumes connected with an interim landing that acts as a playroom. Chantal commented that: “The interiors are engaging - it’s beautifully simple, I love it.” The wooden volumes - which accommodate the master bedroom, children’s bedroom and bathroom - provide intimacy. The ‘house-within-a-house’ concept allows each bedroom to perform primarily as a wooden pitched house, where it feels like sleeping in one’s own house rather...

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House of the Year Award WINNER: Compact Karst House, Vrhovlje, Slovenia
JUDGES
Left to Right: Kristian Hyde, Chantal Wilkinson, Kieran McGonigle
Remote: Maria Hurtado de Mendoza
Images credits: © Janez Marolt
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