invisible hub

The Invisible Hub

Submission: June 30, 2022
Registration: March 25, 2022
Language: English
Location: Canada
Prizes: $250
Type: Community Center Design


This community hub is hidden behind its landscape in a form recognizing the influence of nature over architecture. The edges between architecture and nature become invisible and intertwine. The biophilic resulting structure anchors itself far from clear borders announcing a new harmonious relationship and provokes real resiliency.

This structure (or structures) orient with no apparent concern for “wall” or “ceiling” or “floor” as this project is merged within its site levels and its surrounding greenery, dissolving the usual distinctions of figure/field, and built/natural. This project seeks to renew the social and environmental ecologies of the city and its people.

Coming out from this hub there is a loud invitation for social interaction.

Elevate the community in a place where people and nature can thrive together!

Design Goals:

  1. Seeking built-natural integration:
    This architecture/nature duality is explored apart from traditional construction methods by using different design approaches such as designing green platforms/or floors to integrate within the outdoor greenery; and/or by utilizing living surfaces and natural materials. The building is quietly blending with nature.
  1. Stimulating shared interests for urban social integration:
    The students (from the educational buildings on the east side) and the families (from the residential buildings on the south side), find self expression through the art display which will help to eliminate the social gap and raise awareness in the role of art.
  1. Connecting urban spaces and pathways for spatial integration:
    This hub incorporates the existing surrounding urban spaces and pathways with the proposed ones, making this project an open invitation for families, walkers, and students to come and connect.
    The project is easily to be accessed from different directions and levels
  1. Providing vibrant outdoor spaces for mingling
    The hub outdoor spaces are as important and vibrant as the indoor spaces. They can work as outdoor break, keeping in mind the universities’ students lack outdoor spaces.
  1. Integrating the hub levels seamlessly with the streets.

Dealing with a sunken site surrounded by split levels on its edges would be turned into a design opportunity and excitement.


This competition is geared towards graduates and professionals. However, students are encouraged.

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