Prize of the “Built Architecture / Individual House Architecture” section (ex aequo)
Authors’ CommentDumbrava Vlăsiei is a special place in the middle of nature, hidden in its secret forest clearing, surrounded by a wheat field. We decided to build with wood because it is a natural, renewable, archetypal and friendly material. This material has reached remarkable technological performances, so we used the Cross Laminated Timber system. Then, we chose to design a slant roof house, in accordance with the context and local tradition. There have been several design decisions inspired by the local architecture and the location: a large, covered, south-facing terrace; a shape of the house adapted to the shape of the parcel; a care for the relationship of the house with the neighborhoods: the central park or the other houses.
Jury CommentThe interior was a pleasant surprise and it managed to balance and calm the exterior design which features very strong gestures. The jury also appreciated the living room space which has the height of two levels, and the fact that the project clearly has a three dimensional spirit.