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A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, in Costa Rica, designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architect, UK, has won the ‘World’s Best Private House’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010.

– Bamboo house in Costa Rica designed for moon gazing –

The house sits within the Costa Rican rainforest and is designed to give the occupier, who is the architect’s mother, a direct view of the moon whilst she is going to sleep. At night, the cone-like surface of the bamboo house opens up so she can to view the moon. The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the biggest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week. It was chosen by some of the world’s most distinguished architects and renowned industry experts, beating off competition from a shortlist of 15 entries. The jury immediately sensed that this project was a potential winner, and was left in no doubt after the architect’s presentation. The judges said: “The architect addressed the practical and emotional needs of his mother’s security by creating a home for her to occupy alone, while also satisfying his inventive curiosity with a new form of bamboo Moucharabieh screen that responds to movement and light. In his narrative, there was sincerity in how the character and needs of the client related to the final architectural outcome.”