The winner of the RIBA Journal Microarchitecture Award, sponsored by Norbord, has been announced.
David Roth (pictured centre) has been named the winner of the RIBA Journal Microarchitecture Award. His entry entitled ‘I-shed’ beat off competition from more than 40 entries, to design a a small structure, around 3.66 x 3.66m that would be sustainable, affordable, weatherproof and made from a kit of parts mainly made from Norbord’s SterlingOSB.
The challenge was inspired by Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier’s ‘Cabanon’, built in 1952. Entrants were asked to look at the way that Cabanon was created – and emulate it using Norbord’s SterlingOSB panel product; to design an external living shelter from a kit of parts mainly made from SterlingOSB. The entries were to demonstrate SterlingOSB’s versatility, strength and sustainability credentials.
Le Corbusier designed and built the celebrated Cabanon in 1952 as a tiny vacation home at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur, retreating there every summer for more than ten years. He claimed to have sketched it out in 45 minutes. At only 3.6m2, it is a miracle of compact design. It shows Corb’s adaptability in design, creative use of space and aesthetic simplicity.
Karl Morris, managing director of Norbord’s European Operations, said: ‘SterlingOSB is widely used in the construction industry. However, its aesthetics are often hidden in the building’s framework. We’re excited about the innovative designs that this competition has generated.’ Norbord has been delighted with the success of this RIBA competition and would like to thank everyone who has been involved; not least the architectural community. It has been a great way to celebrate the 30 year birthday of our Sterling OSB product.
- Davide Roth, winner
- Demian Bar, runner-up
- Martin Johnson and Geoff Denton, combined entry – runner-up
- Nick Weston, runner-up
- Vivian Chan, runner-up