house of the year.

A little further from home this time, this house has just been awarded House of the Year 2012 by World Architecture News (WAN), the global architecture news web-site.

The location is spectacular – situated on top of a granite rock, overlooking a man-made dam. Rather than being overwhelmed by its elevation, the house appears to float over it, with changing levels to take advantage of the views all around. It is a relatively simple structure, with two granite blocks, excavated from the site, to anchor the building and enclose the bedrooms; an over-sized timber platform and roof to protect from the harsh sun, and two glass boxes spanning between. All materials are locally sourced, except the specialist items – the glass, for example.

The magic lies with the shifting planes, which follow the gradient of the hillside perch. A sunken terrace here, an over-sailing roof there.


Gota Residence, East Africa, by Sforza Seilern Architects. Read what the judges said, here.

More wonderful spaces, here

6 thoughts on “house of the year.

    1. owlshouseblog Post author

      hi doris, it’s a knock-out, isn’t it! when I first saw the images I thought they were computer generated, not real at all. but somebody actually lives here! J


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