ELEMENTAL’s Monterrey housing development has won the architecture category in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards.
The Chile-based practice was nominated by Catherine Ince, new curator of the Barbican Art Gallery, for its social housing scheme in Mexico.
The Monterrey housing takes on the “half house” concept that ELEMENTAL pioneered in the Chilean city of Iquique. The idea is that the basic house is provided for residents who then expand and adapt their property themselves.
Also shortlisted in the architecture category were Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI centre in Rome, Tony Fretton’s British Embassy in Warsaw, David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, 6a Architects’ Raven Row exhibition centre in east London and Herzog & de Meuron’s TEA cultural centre in Tenerife.
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