Julija Dubovik's design features two internal courtyards that illuminate and ventilate a rectangular house set below ground
For judge Tatiana von Preussen, Julija Dubovik’s entry ‘looks among the most real and convincing’. Two internal courtyards – and long skylights arranged in strips across a flat roof – illuminate and ventilate a rectangular house set below ground.
The double-height central living room is open and airy. Either side, on the lower-ground floor, are bedrooms which open to the slender courtyards. Directly above these, the dining area and study overlook the living room from opposite ends of the house.
The placement of the courtyards gives a sense of a view to something beyond
The placement of the courtyards ‘gives a sense of a view to something beyond’, said Gianni Botsford. The way the bedrooms ‘turn their backs’ on the rest of the house ‘works very well in terms of privacy … the spaces feel perfectly pleasant’.
Phillips praised the inclusion of living walls, pointing out that ‘it would feel interactive and would give a sense of a change of seasons’.
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