The Indian-based association’s international awards program recognizes both conceptual and built projects that set new standards in various design disciplines, including architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape design. Their mission is to develop an architectural language that will “sustain and survive the impacts of climate change taking sustainability one step ahead.”
AABE – Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners – have been awarded an Honorable Mention in the residential category on account of two projects presented in the competition: houses Genets3 and AIBS, featured alongside projects by Navira, SPG Architects, FGMF Architects, Robinette Architects Inc., Malcolm Davis Architecture, Modus Studio, Christina Menezes, AB Design Studio Inc., Paul de Ruiter and V-Architecture JSC. AABE was also Belgium’s National Phase Finalist for BigMat’s International Architecture Award 2012.
House Genets3 was conceived as a sort of a treasure box, half buried into the ground, opening right out onto the garden. The building adapts to the family’s needs – moveable walls and floors transform the space inside the apartment, creating a playful experience. The house is a magic box, a place to keep memories, full of posibilities, where family life is played out.
Maison Aibs, on the other hand, focuses on the relationship between the house and the surrounding landscape. Located on a sheer, steep environment, at over 150m altitude, the building organizes itself through the views out the window – the living areas, enclosed by a single frame, look out to the landscape. The natural cliff takes part in architecture, providing a second wall for the house’s patio. The swimming pool and the terrace act as a connection to the natural environment, joining architecture and landscape.
This year’s edition has had 525 registrations from over 60 countries, from which only three winners have been selected for each of the fifteen different categories, including residential, commercial, mixed use, public, urban and landscape design. Jury members comprised renowned architect and MIT’s Head of Department Nader Tehrani from NADAA Architects’ office, Gavin Kain, Stephen Jones, Dan Meis and Eric Spencer from Woods Bagot, Chris Fannin, Russ Drinker and Sarah Dirsa from HOK, as well as Scott Duncan from SOM, Annmarie Brintnall and Alfred Byun from Gensler, Vinod Gupta and Weichi Chen.
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