Expressive seashore house wins the 2008 Spring ArchitectsJury Competition

Budapest - June 25, 2008 – Based on five months of voting by the community of, the "JURY" selected the waterfront house project from Aotea, New Zealand as the winning entry. The project was designed in ArchiCAD by David Chisholm, who is currently studying architecture at Victoria University of Wellington.

“I strongly believe in sustainability, and that buildings should excite and inspire their users, not just on an intellectual level. Too often I hear architects and students justify their designs with abstract theoretical jargon that is aimed at other architects, rather than the real users (or victims) of their architecture”, said David Chisholm. “I have been enjoying using ArchiCAD for several years now and was interested in seeing how my work down here in New Zealand compared internationally.”

The intention of the designer was to create “a house with a rustic timber form which climbs gradually out of the eroded landscape, forming a defensive stance against the aggression of the sea, with its cantilevered watchtower-like master bedroom, fort-like cladding and imagery of a coastal embattlement. At the same time, the building is in battle with itself, its two forms intertwining and distorting one another. The timber (natural) form overtakes and engulfs the zinc-clad (man-made) form perched lightly on the site, symbolizing the struggle between man and the elements.”

To read more about the winning entry and see more renderings and plans in addition to the winning picture please visit

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This Web 2.0 community site was launched by Graphisoft in 2006 to enable students to share their designs and get feedback from their peers on a global basis. Anyone visiting the site is offered a unique series of design works to vote on. Visitors can also give comments and discuss design issues of the published works at

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