The 2010 World Architecture Festival is currently running in Barcelona - and they're starting to dish out this year's awards.
Zaha Hadid scooped (perhaps unsurprisingly) an award for her impressive MAXXI museum in Rome, but we love the project that won the 'World's Best Private House' Award.
The rather poetically named 'A Forest for a Moon Dazzler' in Costa Rica was designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe.
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.
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 were 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.”
A well-deserved win - congratulations Benjamin!