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Ben Addy

London-based architect Ben Addy's fintopped house took first prize in the International Design Beyond East and West Competition 2003. The interior (pictured) is decked out with overlaid translucent fabric screens to form progressively thicker visual and acoustic barriers between rooms. A cantilevered exterior fin serves as a doublesided wind-cooled and solar-heated water reservoir, supplying heating and cooling to the living space and forming a canopy to the unit below.The competition, organised by South Korean builder and designer Hanssem, was seeking ideas for 'culturally sensitive' housing that might work in booming East Asian cities. Addy, an architect with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, was the only British winner.

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