WAN (World Architecture News) has announced their finalist long list for the 2011 houses of the year awards.
Here is a link to all the entries.
Unfortunately, no Vancouver houses made it to the list. This could due to a sad inventory of modern houses in this beautiful city of ours.
Here are some of my favorites :
Yingst Residence, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan, United States
Architect : Salmela Architect
Narrabeen House, Sydney, Australia
Architect : Choi Ropiha Fighera
The Ellis Residence, Seattle, United States
Architect : Coates Design Architects
Also check out this house on the Contemporist website,
and on the ArchDaily website.
Architect : aamer architects
I threw this one in just for the great curves this house has and the controlled use of materials.
Redelco Residence, Studio City, California, United States
Architect : Brooks + Scarpa
Here is a link to ModResDes website with a load of information about this wonderful modern house in California.
The Hudson Passive Project, Claverack, New York, United States
Architect : Dennis Wedlick Architect
I couldn’t have a list without including the only PassivHaus that is nominated.
Vienna Way Residence, Venice, United States
Architect : Marmol Radziner
An extensive write up on the house with beautiful pictures found on the ArchDaily website.
Cedarvale Ravine House, Toronto, Canada
Architect : Drew Mandel Architects
Last but most certainly not least, is a house in Canada by a great modernist architect, Drew Mandel.
That cantilever though gives me the heebie jeebies!
I wish all the best to all the award hopefuls, and my vote would go to the Ravine House.
Somehow I do not think that this house will win as these competitions are more like a popularity contest (as all competitions are).
Have a look at this comical view of how architecture competitions work: you tube link
Here is the link to the shortlist. Not to my surprise, none of my selections made it to the shortlist.