It’s always an architect’s challenge to design buildings that are functional and beautiful at the same time. And to honor creations that have fulfilled these two requirements, design website Architizer created the annual A+ Awards.
The winners for each of the 113 categories were selected both through voting and by a jury. Here are the jury’s winners.
1. Best Small Private Home
The Colorado Outward Bound School Micro Cabins by Colorado Building Workshop and the University of Colorado Denver, tiny dorms for outdoor educators. These dorms are in Leadville, Colorado.
2. Best Large Private House
The Greja House by Park + Associates Pte Ltd in Singapore.
3. Best Apartment
Pivot by Architecture Workshop PC, which is a New York studio with transforming walls and secret bedroom.
4. Best Apartment Building
The Great Wall of Wa in Western Australia, a complex with 12 units build as short-term housing for cattle mustering season. Designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects.
5. Best Residential Concept
Golden Ratio by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, a luxury apartment with only 4 units in Ghent, Belgium.
6. Best Home Interior
The Jerry House by Onion, a holiday home in Cha Am Beach, Thailand.
7. Best Hotel/Resort
Manshausen Island Resort by Stinessen Arkitektur AS, which is a hotel in the Steigen Archipelago, Norway.
8. Best Hotel Concept
Zulal Destination Spa + Resort by By Oppenheim Architecture in Qatar.
9. Best Higher Education/Research Facility
The New York School of Architecture by Tham & Videga°rd Arkitekter at the Royal
Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
10. Best Kindergarten
The typhoon-withstanding Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery by HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro in Miyakojima, Japan.
11. Best Museum
Biesbosch Museum Island by By Studio Marco Vermeulen, a contemporary art museum in Werkendam, Netherlands.
12. Best Factory
Valdemonjas Winery by Agag+Paredes, a family owned wine business in Ribera de Duero, Spain.
13. Best Low Rise Office
Termeh Office by Farshad Mehdizadeh + Ahmad Bathaei, a retails and office building in Hamadan, Iran.
14. Best Mixed Use Space
House of Vans by Tim Greatrex Architect, which is creative venue for skateboarding enthusiasts in London.
15. Best Healthcare and Wellness Center
Naman Retreat Pure Spa by MIA Design Studio in Danang, Vietnam.
16. Best Restaurant
Mirrors by bandesign,Ltd, a popular destination during cherry blossom season in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
17. Best Religious Building
Crematorium Hofheide RCR Arquitectes and Coussée & Goris architecten, a crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium
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20 Artistic Solutions To Help You Fix Broken Stuff
My favorites would have to be #1 and #8!
While there is always the temptation for most of us to throw broken stuff away or to immediately call the experts and pay for repairs, those shouldn’t always be the case. In some instances, a little creativity will be all you need to give broken objects a new life.
To give you an idea, we are featuring 20 brilliant solutions that will truly impress you much. Personally, I’m mesmerized by #1 and I’m blown away by #8!
Go scroll down below and see for yourself:
A Peek Into the Beautiful Japanese Wood Craft Called Yosegi
Japan is filled with all sorts of art and craft techniques that we have yet to have in the western world. Many of their crafts not only take a long time to finish but also require a teacher who can properly instruct you on how to successfully accomplish each part. This is something to ponder about considering Japan is leaps and bounds more advanced in terms of technology compared to many countries in the world. And yet, there are still people who dedicate themselves to creating traditional art that no amount of technology can replace.
There's one such traditional craft that has survived through the centuries and is still revered today.
One such art form is yosegi, a type of traditional wood mosaic.
Rockport, Massachusetts’ Paper House Is Literally That – A House Made Of Paper!
Interesting facts inside this Rockport Paper House in Massachusetts.
Imagine your dream house made out of something you love. Mine would probably be made out of books, but making it happen is another story. Meanwhile, how this house was uniquely built is a proof that human ingenuity will take you to places.
The man behind this masterpiece is mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman who started building his beautiful abode in 1922. Like any other house, it was built with timber frame, roof and floors. But Stenman had an idea and decided to incorporate newspapers instead of the traditional wood.
He impeccably transformed his home using about 100,000 varnished newspapers--from the walls, furniture and door.
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