Y-House published in the section BLUEPRINT (text Rachel Lee) as one of the featured projects in Cubes Magazine, published in Singapore by Concepts Asia Publishing.
Under the caption Concrete Concepts Rachel Lee writes of the project;
“Frank la Rivière carefully cuts and crafts a perceived ruin into an architectural gem that defies the norm”.
“The unfinished structure would prove to be a design compass of sorts, presenting parameters that ground the design, as much as they challenge (it)….”
“Y-House throws off the cloak of convention in favour of novelty. And yet, it’s anything but novelty for novelty’s sake. Boldly going against the grain, la Rivière’s transformation of the concrete edifice is founded very much on practicalities such as function and cost – even if the result appears as conceptual in and of themselves”.
On September 20th 2006 Frank la Riviere received the Interior Planning Award for [Y-House].
Frank la Riviere, Architect / 山代悟＋ビルディングランドスケープ（設計協力) 設計、監理を行った集合住宅[Y-House]がインテリアプランニング賞2006優秀賞を受賞いたしました。
While colder season are approaching it is with the warmth of gratitude that I received the news from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, G-Mark Division (http://www.jidpo.or.jp/) that my recently completed project Y-House will be one of the recipients of the Good Design Prize 2005 in the category Architecture.
Y-house is a conversion project of an abandoned and unfinished apartment building located in Jingumae in Tokyo, changing the structure from 8 small units to three apartments to meet the client’s intentions. The project started about 2 years ago and was completed a year ago.
The jury mentions in their report: “The detailing takes a new position and the bold approach to adapting the existing structure creates the possibility of an effective utilization of space, as aspect of the project they highly valued”, as well as “the use of new materials and techniques”, the “ecological aspect of the design” and “the social and cultural meaning of the project” (http://www.g-mark.org/library/2005/) entry number 05B01020 Y-House