While most of the entries were of outstanding quality, including Australians Kerry Hill and WOHA, and a resort in Tasmania,
|Lotus : Raas Jodhpur|
the Prize went to Indian firm The Lotus Praxis Initiative for the Raas Jodhpur, a luxury boutique hotel in the old city of Jodhpur, which brilliantly combined old and new, showing a new way for contemporary architecture in the existing context of India.
A mention went to the Master Isay Weinfeld from Brazil for his resort in Uruguay and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter for their outrageous Treehouse, combining hi-tech and nature lifestyle.
Domenic Alvaro blitzed the residential category with his small house in Surry Hills, Sydney – I was on the jury with Howard Tanner and Genevieve Lilley that gave this project an AIA award.