Brazilian favela ‘shack’ wins ‘house of the year’ award

At first glance, it is a house like dozens of others in the crowded favelas of Brazil. But this seemingly modest dwelling of 66 square metres (710 square feet), with its exposed brick walls, has just been recognised as the “house of the year” in an international architecture competition.

The house honoured by specialised website ArchDaily belongs to Kdu dos Anjos, a 32-year-old artist living in the bustling Aglomerado da Serra favela at the bottom of a hill on the edge of the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.

The two-storey structure defeated some more imposing contest entries from India, Mexico, Vietnam and Germany.

“I’m very proud that my house won this prize, because most of the news about the favelas talks of violence and homes destroyed by landslides,” said dos Anjos.

“Today, my home is on top of the world!”