Winner: Gota Residence, East Africa by Sforza Seilern architects
The house is situated atop a granite rock overlooking a large man-made dam creating an awe-inspiring piece of architecture. Oversized cantilevered roofs and extensive terraces frame the views and shelter from the vertical African sun.
Shortlisted: Slip House, London by Carl Turner architects
Occupying one of four plots forming a gap in a typical Brixton terrace, Slip House constitutes a new prototype for adaptable terraced housing. Three simple ‘slipped' orthogonal box forms break up the bulk of the building and give it its striking sculptural quality.
Shortlisted: Clifftop House, Hawaii by dekleva gregoric arhitekti
For European architects Dekleva Gregoric the location in Maui Hawaii was an unusually remote and dramatically natural site for a project. Windsurf sail designer wrote a brief for a family and referenced Frank Lloyd Wright's oceanfront residence Walker in California.
Shortlisted: Tanderra House, Victoria by Sean Godsell Architects
Tanderra house is positioned on a 40 hectare site on top of a hill to take advantage of beautiful views to the distant ocean. However the views are to the west and the house is exposed to a powerful prevailing wind.
Shortlisted: Under Pohutukawa, Auckland by herbst architects
The site was extremely challenging for the architects as 90% was covered in mature pohutukawa trees, the site being a part of a continuous belt of forest that edges the road along the beach front.
Shortlisted: Hut on Sleds, Whangapoua by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Hut on Sleds sits on the shore of a white sandy beach in New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula, blending into the landscape. The hut measures a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section.