Best Private Homes 2009
Kanye West served as a judge on the panel for this years Wallpaper Design Awards. Along with Jean Nouvel, Ines de la Fressange, Marc Newson, Sir Ken Adam and Stefano Pilati, he helped to chose the best of the best of international design. Our favorite category? Best New Private House. Winner and finalists are below:
Japan: Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto
The intense design concept of Sou Fujimoto’s Next Generation House in Kumamura belies its functionality. Using monumental blocks of timber, Fujimoto has ‘stacked up’ the walls, floor and roof, creating a series of interlocking, multi-level living spaces, a puzzle-like interior with 45-degree angled windows to bring the outside in.
Spain: Villa Nurbs by Enric Ruiz-Gel
Founder of Barcelona’s Cloud 9 studio, architect Enric Ruiz-Geli treated this strikingly unconventional house, situated in Girona’s suburban Empuriabrava, as art. Villa Nurbs sits on a raised platform, with white Corian and inflatable plastic roof panels upstairs. The pod-like family house has living spaces, guest rooms, a sunken garage, a spa and a courtyard pool.
Chile: Casa 11 Mujeres by Mathias Klotz
When invited to design a vacation house for a family with 11 daughters, Chilean architect Mathias Klotz welcomed the challenge. Located on a steep cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, north of Santiago, this concrete-based holiday home is spread across three levels, with bedrooms, entertainment and guest spaces all enjoying sea views and natural light.
Austria: Haus Holzinger by Wolfgang Tschapeller
Wolfgang Tschapeller’s Haus Holzinger in Austria’s St Andrä-Wördern is part modernist, part deconstructivist; a rectangle that rises up on slender steel legs. A huge slab of folded cast concrete gives a double-height kitchen and living space, punctured with jagged windows. Inside, faceted walls bulge and fold to create rooms that jut into the volume of the box.
USA: Dutchess Guest House by Allied Works
This guesthouse by Portland-based Allied Works is located on a creek edge in New York State, part of the larger Dutchess County Residence. The house, hidden in a mature forest, features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and wooden interiors. A steel frame and four delicate cantilevered volumes enclose the living spaces and bedrooms.
Visit Wallpaper to see the full list of winners.