HAMBURG, Germany, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The winning properties are located in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway and the Allgäu region of Southern Germany
HÄUSER, the high-class magazine for international architecture, design and sophisticated living, will be presenting the winners of this year's HÄUSER AWARD in its current 2/17 issue (on sale from 6th March). With the competition motto of "Spectacular Houses," the magazine awarded prizes this year to the most sensational family homes in Europe, which were considered truly impressive due to their extraordinary technical and artistic features, unconventional appearance, magnificent interior spaces or awe-inspiring location. Others, in contrast, captivated the jury because of their understated sophistication, technical finesse, or use of unusual materials.
This year, HÄUSER is awarding the renowned architectural prize in cooperation with the Association of German Architects (Bund Deutscher Architekten - BDA), the Association of Private Developers (Verbund Privater Bauherren e.V. - VPB) and Jung to the following properties:
Villa MQ in Tremelo, Belgium wins 1st Prize. From the outside, the curved structure, designed by architect Magalie Munters at Genter Büro OOA / Office O Architects, seems almost monolithic. Its interior impresses with its spectacular sense of space. The villa relinquishes clutter and looks like a geometrical sculpture. As the HÄUSER AWARD Jury stated, it is an exciting house, which does not conform to conventional living standards. The five split-levels on the inside, combined with the orientation of the rooms, facilitate both openness and privacy and create the spectacular feeling of living inside a snail shell.
Villa Schoorl in Schoorl on the Dutch North Sea coast comes in 2nd place. Jeroen Spee and Jeroen Steenvoorden, from Studio Prototype in Amsterdam, adorned this winning house with a refined aluminium shell, which looks almost like a typical Dutch black barn from the outside. The inside of the property is warm and bright with a timeless atmosphere, and its succession of rooms each have a different character, from the open-plan to the enclosed, from bright to dark.
3rd place for the HÄUSER AWARD 2017 goes to Haus P in Oberreute in the Allgäu region of Southern Germany. With this holiday home, Katja Knaus and Benedikt Bosch from the Yonder studio in Stuttgart reinterpreted regional building traditions in a spectacular new way. With its flat saddle roof, huge base level, superimposed wooden construction and dark, charred timber façade, the property is reminiscent of a traditional Allgäuer farmhouse. Its unusual shape, with a tilted exterior wall and large glass surfaces, is the height of modernity. The interior is simple and minimalistic, with light spruce dominating the ceilings, walls, floors and staircases.
The jury has awarded prize money amounting to €15,000. A further €1,000 have been awarded by the VPB to the developers of each of the winning properties.
This year once again, an interior design project has also received an award for excellence from HÄUSER. In cooperation with Parkett Dietrich, HÄUSER is awarding the Interior Design Prize worth €2,000 to LP Architektur for Haus Kranawendter in Leogang, Austria. Wood and natural stone dominate this family house from both the inside and the outside. While it may seem traditional and rustic from the exterior, this theme becomes ornate and sophisticated within the house. The contrasts resulting from the interplay between different materials such as freshly-sawn wood and smooth screed floors, untreated natural stone and fine plaster, make the house both an aesthetic and haptic experience.
Furthermore, a special prize worth €2,000 was awarded together with Metten Stein+Design for the first time for a particularly successful outdoor area design: The Special Prize for Exterior Design went to Lund Hagem Architects for Haus Knapphullet, a spectacular summerhouse with a "floating" concrete roof in Sandefjord on the south coast of Norway. The architects constructed a roof made from concrete between the cliff and the ground, which shelters the glass summerhouse and acts as a lateral staircase to the roof. This exceptional building does not just highlight the beauty of the landscape, but incorporates it naturally as an architectural starting point.
All winners of the HÄUSER AWARD 2017 will be honoured at the award ceremony tonight at the Chamäleon Theater in Berlin which will take place as part of the architecture conference "Jung Architekturgespräche". The award winners will present their superb homes at the event.
The most spectacular family homes in one book
The book entitled "Spectacular Homes" is a compendium showcasing the 20 best properties entered for the HÄUSER AWARD 2017 - with the help of high-quality photos, floor plans and succinct texts. Author: Bettina Hintze, 260 pages, ISBN: 978-3-421-04048-0. The book costs €59.00 and is published by DVA, Munich.
HÄUSER is the high-class magazine for international architecture, design and sophisticated living. With its keen instinct for the latest developments and trends, it has enjoyed a high reputation in the architectural and design scene for over 35 years. The magazine focuses on family homes, conversions and renovations - all of a first-class standard. HÄUSER provides its readers with stunning images of property interiors and exteriors along with detailed information about materials, construction methods and architectural plans. Furthermore, portraits of protagonists who are part of the architectural and design scene can be found in every issue. The renowned magazine issues the prestigious HÄUSER AWARD for innovative and futuristic architecture once a year.
We are happy to send you pictures of the winning houses upon request.
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