INSIDE
HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Gota
Residence, East Africa
by Sforza Seilern
Architects

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RESIDENTIAL
Winner, Completed:
Boréal, Nantes, France
by TETRARC

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Winner, Future: Beach
and Howe, Vancouver,
Canada by BIG |
Bjarke Ingels Group &
DIALOG

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JUDGES' COMMENTS
Judges (from left to right)
Neil Billett, Partner, Buro Happold
Claire Bennie, Development Director, Peabody Trust
Craig Casci, Founding Director, GRID Architects
Christian Schittich, Editor, DETAIL
Mikio Kurokawa, Director, Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates
Julian Weyer, Partner, C. F. Møller Architects
EDITORIAL
HOUSE OF THE YEAR
The race for WAN's House of the Year 2012 was whittled down to two projects which battled for the coveted title. The first being Studio Seilern's Gota Residence in East Africa and 'Under Pohutukawa,' Auckland by Herbst Architects. Both projects were so highly praised for their 'highly contextual' nature and attention to detail by all the judges it seemed almost impossible to pick a winner from the two. However, a winner was finally chosen and from its inventiveness and originality alone, it was Studio Seilern's 'Gota Residence' which triumphed over Herbst Architect's scheme in the end.
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RESIDENTIAL
The winners for the WAN Residential Awards: Unbuilt and Built awards could not be more different. Towering over the North end of the Granville Bridge in Vancouver, Canada is Bjark Ingels Group & DIALOG's 'Beach and Howe' tower scooped the Unbuilt award. This is a project which is set to create a new urban public space for local residents and is described by juror Jonathon Wyatt; Senior Project Director of Grosvenor as being a 'dynamic space which contributes to sense of place.' Winning the Built category of the Residential Awards is TETRARC's social housing contribution 'Boréal' in Nantes, France. Here the architects proposed the opposite of BIG, in that they demolish the existing 'Mignard skyscraper' to make way for their social housing scheme which would house the city's 'low-income and vagabond peoples.'
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