PINarchitecture /// The Spying Balcony

Submission: October 31, 2015
Registration: October 31, 2015
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: N/A
Type: Open


Balconies provide access to the exterior for floors above ground level. Yet, because of the elevated position, balconies remain removed and partially hidden from the environment below. The default role on a balcony is as an observer, while those below automatically become the observed.

How might the design of a balcony embrace this one-way interaction? How can a balcony maintain a prominent presence on the facade while simultan-eously concealing an observer? What materials and forms would enhance the ability to track, record, and/or magnify the observed? What happens when balconies begin to spy?

Participants are asked to design balconies that protrude and are not completely flat to the facade. Submissions may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic.


All media and text must fit within one 4 inch diameter circle with white beyond (300dpi JPG). Download templates PSD AI INDD


There are no entry fees and no specific eligibility requirements. International entries are welcome.


Send entries to PINcompetition@gmail.com. Include your name, city, state, and country.


Submissions will be judged by a rotating jury of three designers each month. The first place winner will have the option of being a juror for next month’s PINarchitecture competition.

Go to the competition’s website