Wedge house wins Architects Challenge Showdown vote
The Wedge home by architect Malcolm Wildeboer won the Architects Challenge Showdown by Marvin Windows and Doors.
The Quebec home, which also won Best of Show in May at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia, was chosen by thousands of public votes over four weeks of voting.
In his challenge submission, Wildeboer, of Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects in Ottawa, Ontario, shared that the Wedge House is beautifully situated, with a quarter-mile approach that winds through a towering stand of century pines to a scenic shoreline. The 4,000-square-foot vacation home embraces a comfortable balance between shelter and exposure on the edge of the Ottawa River.
Key to its success is the play between an expansive and restrained approach to glazing. Floor-to-soffit Marvin windows evoke a bold but delicate transparency. The structure, a rhythm of ten ascending laminated timber bents assembled with mortised knife plates and through bolts, gives form to the cleanly pitched frame.
“The entire east façade – a glazed screen of soaring Marvin windows – evokes a bold yet delicate transparency, like a giant tent screen opening toward the rising sun,” said Wildeboer.
As the Showdown winner, Wildeboer will receive a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held from October 5 to 6 in Los Angeles.
To see a slide show of the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge winning projects, click here.