Architecture project of the year: A Room for Archaeologists and Kids | Dezeen Awards 2019

A wooden pavilion designed to provide shelter for archaeologists shows that architecture “does not need to be complicated”, says Dezeen Awards judge and architect Lyndon Neri in this movie.

Titled A Room for Archaeologists and Kids, the project won the prestigious architecture project of the year award, as well as being named small building of the year, at Dezeen Awards 2019.

Located in the Peruvian desert, the structure was built next to an archaeological site in Pachacamac, 25 miles southeast of Lima.

Neri, co-founder of Chinese architecture studio Neri&Hu, told Dezeen that the simple structure explores a return to “the core of architecture”.

“The project forces us as architects to think about the notion of making and building,” said Neri. “The idea of a shelter is very simple in its nature, but it pushes us to think that perhaps architecture does not need to be complicated.”

Neri was joined by Sou Fujimoto, Jing Liu, Kunlé Adeyemi and Sonali Rastogi on the architecture master jury, which met in London in September.

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