Winner at the 2020 GOHBA Housing Design Awards
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA)’s Housing Design Awards recognize the best of the best in Ottawa’s home building industry, from architects to developers to designers. This year, the event’s 37th edition, marked Kariouk Architects’ first submission, and we were delighted to be nominated in three categories.
DASH Home, a quirky home in a traditional Ottawa suburb, was up for “Best Housing Detail” for its spectacular staircase and oculus feature that we like to call Sky Stair, as well as for “Best Custom Urban Home (3,000 sf or less),” and PEAK Caribbean Residence, elegant home in the Cayman Islands, was a finalist in the “Anywhere in the World” category.
Typically, this gala event brings together hundreds of our industry peers, but the pandemic moved it online for its first-ever (and hopefully last-ever) virtual awards presentation, which took place on Friday, November 20th. We tuned in to the livestream and were so pleased to hear that of five finalists, DASH Home would be taking home the award for Best Custom Urban Home (3,000 sf or less).
(As always great teamwork comes through!) All real design projects are only ever the result of tremendous collaboration between numerous individuals, and at the head of that list is our client: no great project ever happened without a great, open-minded client with an eye for something really special.
DASH Home is located in a traditional Ottawa suburb where front porches, picture windows, and two-car garages are not so much features as they are values — symbols of happy domesticity and community. While our clients sought a more accessible and artful home, they cherished the iconic domestic spaces of middle-class suburbia. Our clients had two key requests. First, the new home needed to permit easy circulation within it even as they aged, and second, construction needed to preserve the mature trees on the site. Learn how we achieved both — and see why the home’s an award winner — DASH Home.