My favourites from the International Architecture Awards

Crackenback stables. Photo: Rys Holland (@rhysholland_).

Crackenback stables. Photo: Rys Holland (@rhysholland_).

Over 70 impressive new projects from 26 nations were recently awarded in the International Architecture Awards by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art and Urban Studies. 

The awards are the largest and most extensive architecture awards program in the world, recognising new (2013-2017) corporate, institutional, residential, landscape and interior architecture that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability.

Some standouts for me in the Private Residence category (in no particular order) were:

CRACKENBACK STABLES, Crackenback, NSW, Australia by Casey Brown Architecture (pictured above).

Why I like it:

  • A contemporary take on the Australian shed incorporating stables, workshops, feed rooms, holding yards, and two residences

  • Breathtaking views of the Snowy Mountains

  • Use of steel and concrete to help protect from bushfire

  • Water is heated by a wood-fired boiler and circulated through the slabs to heat the structures.

LE PAVILLON DU LAC, St-Bruno, Québec, Canada by Daoust Lestage architecture design urbain paysage

Le Pavillon du Lac. Photo: Adrien Williams (@adrienwilliamsphotos).

Le Pavillon du Lac. Photo: Adrien Williams (@adrienwilliamsphotos).

Why I like it:

  • Surrounded by old growth forest and next to a beautiful lake

  • Vegetated roof

  • Elevated so it treads lightly on the forest floor

  • Built as a transparent glass pavilion to make the most of the views.

DREXEL RESIDENCE, Los Angeles, California, USA by Minarc.

Drexel Residence. Photo: Art Gray (@artgrayphotography).

Drexel Residence. Photo: Art Gray (@artgrayphotography).

Why I like it:

  • I toured this home when it was open for the Dwell on Design home tours in June and absolutely loved the feel, design and privacy of the home

  • Built with fabricated panels from mnmMOD, which creates an eco-friendly, healthier home. The cutting-edge panels are made using a blend of recycled steel and EPS insulation (polystyrene). They don’t use dyes or formaldehyde, so they won't emit harmful VOCs into the home. The panels don’t mould, mildew, warp or attract termites. mnmMOD says building with these panels not only saves time, money and construction waste, but drastically reduces energy consumption for years to come

  • Breezeways, windowed courtyards and floor to ceiling windows

  • Polished concrete floors and raw steel staircase

  • Meditation room.

The winners will receive their awards at a gala dinner in Athens, Greece on 8 September, and then their work will be exhibited at the Contemporary Space Athens from 8 September to 1 October 2017.

Kate Derbyshire