First prize in the House Through Time competition is awarded to Villa Krona. The building is an example of an individualistic, small-scale building that has been skilfully fitted in the landscape. This is a type of building where Finnish wooden architecture is at its best.
There were almost 50 entries to the competition, representing a diverse range of house construction from small sauna buildings to large single-family houses. Among the entries were some highly individual designs and, delightfully, also industrial construction projects.
Wood was used in diverse ways, but we were slightly surprised to notice that ecological considerations had not taken on a very significant role.
The name of the competition is lofty, but the proposals that were entered certainly represent the dreams that Finns have for housing and leisure.
In addition to the first prize, the jury decided to present honorary mentions to three proposals. Looking for great wooden architecture for houses The House Through Time competition was held by Puuinfo and Glorian Koti magazine in cooperation. The objective of the competition was to put quality Finnish house architecture in the limelight which in many competitions is left in the shadow of larger building projects.
The main criteria for the winner were the excellent and ecological architecture and interesting use of wood in interiors.
The winner was chosen by a jury consisting of Kari-Otso Nevaluoma, Glorian Koti magazine; Pekka Heikkinen, Aalto University; Liisa Mäkijärvi, Finnish Forest Foundation, and Henni Rousu and Mikko Viljakainen, Puuinfo Ltd.
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