Over 31,000 architects from around the world made their voices heard during ArchDaily’s 2015 Building of the Year Awards, a peer-based, crowd-sourced program where designers choose their favorite structures from the thousands featured on the ArchDaily website. We’re happy to announce that the Portuguese firm spaceworkers was selected as a winner in the housing category for their design: Sambade House.
Chosen for its beauty and intelligence, Sambade House is a 1,177-square-meter home in Penafiel, Portugal designed to create a contemporary space that doesn’t disturb its peaceful, natural surroundings. The firm describes the building as “a pure volume, adjusted to the ground and opening into the green landscape. The volumetric purity sets the mood for the project and perfectly balances with the terraced fields. Thus, the act of inhabiting unfolds through the volume of concrete, pure, raw, adjusted to the ground, just waiting to grow old as the days go by … reflecting the life of the countryside.”
Sambade House exemplifies spaceworkers’ mission to create a horizontal approach to design that combines architecture, economics, and furniture, while instilling their work with touches of innovation and sensory excitement. Using Vectorworks software, the firm appeals to their clients' sensibilities by utilizing space as an instrument of communication, planning, and interacting, designing buildings that avoid the obvious and allow form to follow emotion.
Congratulations to spaceworkers! And don’t forget to check out the other winners from the Building of the Year Awards.