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Benjamin Garcia Saxe wins WAF 2010 best house award

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Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s bamboo home in the Costa Rican rainforest has won this year’s best house award at WAF, impressing judges on both ‘a practical and emotional level’

Dubbed A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, the bamboo building was designed for the architect’s mother and built for just £24,000.

The award is part of The World Architecture Festival, taking place in Barcelona at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona this week, judged by some of the world’s most distinguished architects and renowned industry experts.

Interior view of openings to sky

Interior view of openings to sky

Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s presentation and the ‘poetic narrative’ behind the design made it an obvious winner for the judges, beating off competition from a shortlist of 15 entries. Situated in the Costa Rican rainforest, the house is designed as a place of retreat and security for the architect’s mother.

The house modules are composed of a bamboo cone structure, opening up to the sky under an ‘umbrella roof’ that creates ‘fantastic shadow in the interior’.

Speaking at the event, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘World Architecture Festival brings international architecture to the forefront, against the backdrop of Barcelona’s breathtaking architecture. Our congratulations go to the winners for a project that is truly exceptional.’

Awards were given in a further 21 categories.


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