The call for ideas RIYADH DREAM VILLAS was launched in December 2021 by YAC – Young Architects Competitions – in collaboration with Jarir Development with the goal of designing two different villas at the borders of Riyadh.
The Bangkok Artist’s Retreat competition is a case study in how to engage the public with the arts. By repurposing a brutalist department store, the projects are requested to reflect on both the history and the future of this Bangkok site. The loosely-defined program may be interpreted in many ways, and the judges placed particular focus on projects that displayed a strong concept that was clearly represented and logically expressed in the architecture. Continue reading
The tenth edition of 24H Competition focused on maximum building use, in order to optimize resources and reduce the immeasurable construction and meaningless. We want that you think in the simple form of a cube and give him two completely different uses, one for a day and one for a night. Every day he undergoes this metamorphosis.
Check out the winning projects below.
“It is a powerful statement: metamorphosis presented as an architectural device. It is poetic and yet presenting a programmatic approach – designed around specific activities. The presentation is skillful and rather imaginative, not the usual 3D perspective but a suggestive section, showing how it performs: through daily activities and the passage of time. Congratulations for this 24H spectacular project!”, Ana Jara, arq.
“This proposal is the most creative project I’ve seen in the last competitions where I’ve been a jury member. The use of the water in the roof part that floods is a very innovative mechanism. Furthermore the graphic design showing the empty-full system explains the idea un few seconds.”, Rafael Gonzalez del Castillo Sancho, arq.
“The cube’s design utilizes a fascinating hourglass metaphor to represent the passing of time and thus the transition between the daily cycles of work, socializing, and regeneration. Simple and effective concept, successfully visualized.”, Alexander Walter, arq.
“What I do like most about this concept overall is that it takes full advantage of the allotted cubic area, and it can ultimately be an enticing atmosphere for people to gather for work or relaxation. Although a post-work swim isn’t everyone’s cup of tea year-round, the water is still put to good reuse in the cultivation of a garden, thus aiming to improve the appearance of its surroundings.”, Justine Testado, arq.
“This is a prime example of the nontrivial view of the architecture. This decision is associated with surreal paintings and is unlikely to leave the observer indifferent. Detailed presentation mesmerizes and establishs the complete submersion into the atmosphere of the project. Only thoughts about rationality and possible implementation alienates the vivid impression”, Grigory Malitskiy, arq.
“A subtle and effective idea to illustrate metamorphosis: taking the most out of the cube challenge proposed by 24H brief. The project shows an inhabited cube metamorphosis through the day using a mutable skin, controlling light and relation with the exterior. The presentation is capable of taking us inside the atmosphere and explaining how it works technically in one panel.”, Ana Jara, arq.
“The modular system makes this project different. On one hand it shows a realistic render and on the other hand it explains the project with axonometric, plant, secction and other documents. The use of reflexions, light and glass gives to this proposal a good feeling about the building.”, Rafael Gonzalez del Castillo Sancho, arq.
“Comprehensively thought-through concept, from the dynamic double-layer facade all the way to the convertible furniture. Impressive rendering.”, Alexander Walter, arq.
“The double cube, with the “breathing” movable façade, is a classically simple yet clever architectural approach to the concept of metamorphosis. It’s a fitting response to the flow and rhythm of everyday modern living.”, Justine Testado, arq.
“This is a an example of kinetic architecture, stylish, rational and alive. Like a flower, the building is revealed for the surrounding world during the day, uniting inner and outer space. The transformation not only creates a new image of the building, but also allows you to adjust the microclimate in it. The building is able to change and adapt through interacting with the environment.”, Grigory Malitskiy, arq.
“It is a memorable under and over water cube able to create two different opposite conditions. Presentation is effective in creating both atmosphere and showing how it works.”, Ana Jara, arq.
“In this proposal the idea of movement is a very powerful tool. The render explains very well the idea but the technical documents don’t have a large study, it would have been better to explain more about the going up/going down building.”, Rafael Gonzalez del Castillo Sancho, arq.
“I was glad to see a concept that makes rigorous use of the z- axis for its metamorphosis. The scenario for the “work” function during the day is a very real and practical one and fits the specific location.”, Alexander Walter, arq.
“The idea of a scientific research lab and observatory is what made this proposal stand out, as a response to the work/recreational aspect of the competition brief. Although it isn’t the most feasible design and could use more development (even if this was a 24-hour competition), it generally presents a potentially engaging idea in public education on the environment, especially with the ongoing discussion of problems like pollution and rising sea levels. ”, Justine Testado, arq.
“The project, capable to draw attention not only to its design, but also to the problem of ecology. Architecture should strive to improve the environment. Such architectural decision may become the point of attraction of people and to focus their attention on eco-issues.”, Grigory Malitskiy, arq.