April Fools

Bewitching Designs Snag Coveted Resilience Awards

Self-propulsion wins the night at this year’s Rizzies, but a controversy brews. 

April 1, 2015

This ultra-resilient home can run from flood, fire, and storm, and it even defends itself against attack.

Background: Brenda Clarke. License: CC BY 2.0
After weeks of rumor and speculation, Baba Yaga’s Dancing Hut took home resilient design’s highest honor—Most Resilient Building in the World 2015—last night at a black-fly gala in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The nonprofit Resilient Design Institute (RDI) offers the Alex Wilson Resilient Design Awards annually for the highest achievements in this emerging area of architecture.

“The hut is resilient to fire, flood, high winds, terrorist attacks—you name it,” remarked Wilson at the ceremony while presenting the award to renowned Ukrainian architect and powerful magical being Baba Yaga, FAIA, principal at BY+OB. “It literally just walks or runs away.”

Thanks to its powerful talons, the hut also has remarkable self-defense capabilities in the event of a direct assay on its exterior. Concluded Wilson, “There’s no doubt in my mind that uncanny chicken legs are the future of architecture.”

Knotten Kansas Inni-Moore received an Honorable Mention for its Dorothy House technology, which allows the home to be swept into the eye of a storm and safely transported away from dangerously high winds. Members of the jury also praised the design for its “desaturated color palette” and “bold assimilation of the Prairie Farmhouse vernacular.”

The night was not without controversy. An anonymous source inside RDI revealed to BuildingGreen that Berlin-based firm Grimm Architecture was originally slated to receive special recognition for food security. Its süßesHaus design, constructed of 100% edible, rapidly renewable materials, boasts a full 20 days of nourishment for up to 16 children. But the award was tabled due to the high-profile murder trial of brother-and-sister duo Hansel and Gretel Krume.

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April 1, 2015 - 11:43 am

Thanks, I knew something was wrong, but didn't know what! Then I finally realized that it was 4/1! Yeah, you got me. And I really like the window treatment, too.