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4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition

4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition
4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition, First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

The 2015 Fairy Tales competition, hosted by Blank Space, has drawn to a close with four winners and 11 honorable mentions emerging victorious. Now in its second year, the competition attracted over 1,200 entries from 65 countries and challenged participants in a number of fields to design architectural projects inspired and accompanied by fictional stories.

Check out the winning designs after the break.

Honorable Mention: "Allegories of Home" / Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: “What About Sleeping Beauty” / Hugo Reichmann. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Third Place: “Screenland, By A Pixel” / Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: "The City Spoke” / Adam Longenbach. Image Courtesy of Blank Space + 16

The winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in an anthology of creative visual explorations of storytelling, entitled Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story Volume 2, to be released in June. Additionally, the four winners will receive monetary prizes ranging from $500 to $1500. This year's competition was judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals, specializing in art, architecture, design, and storytelling.

"It was very difficult to choose a winner from so many amazing entries," remarked jury member Jaime Derringer of Design Milk. "From inner struggles to fighting against external forces, the entries demonstrated that our imagination and appetite for architecture reaches far beyond what we've been able to achieve thus far. Judging this competition was like reading a treasured collection of fairy tales filled with magic, mystery, and architecture - what more could you ask for?"

The winners are as follows:

1st Place: Zigeng Wang - "EMPTY"

First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"This project describes an unsustainable ecology in the backdrop of globalization, mocking the vicious cycle of modernization under totalitarianism. The ultimate purpose of it is to uncover the contradictions and tensions in the geographic landscape of capitalist activity, the questioning of globalization and the predicament of human beings. The 'future' seems like a distant notion to us as a society - but the fact is that it is happening right now. In EMPTY, I sought to create a near-future fairy tale that combines geopolitical forces, technology and unchecked ambitions into an architectural vision."

2nd Place: Alexander Culler and Danny Travis - "Beautifully Banal"

Second Place: "Beautifully Banal" / Alexander Culler and Danny Travis. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Second Place: "Beautifully Banal" / Alexander Culler and Danny Travis. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"Our approach to the project was to produce an alternate reading of the 'everyday,' to showcase how through the correct lens of thinking even the most banal of environments can become a fairy tale. This was achieved through the rigorous pairings of strictly conventional architectural drawing techniques with whimsical cartoon-styled collage."

3rd Place (1 of 2): Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang - "Screenland, By A Pixel"

Third Place: “Screenland, By A Pixel” / Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Third Place: “Screenland, By A Pixel” / Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"We wanted to tell a story about a micro landscape that is so alien, yet one that we stare into for the majority of our waking life. The screen acts as the boundary between our virtual world and greasy fingers, but we hardly pay attention to its actual physicality. Zooming out from the deepest world inside our screens to the recognizable digital interface of a mobile device, our project reveals this extraordinary landscape at different resolutions."

3rd Place (2 of 2): Pauline Marcombe, Helene Marcombe and Jay Robinson - "CTRL C - CTRL ME"

Third Place: "CTRL C - CTRL ME" / Pauline Marcombe, Helene Marcombe and Jay Robinson. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Third Place: "CTRL C - CTRL ME" / Pauline Marcombe, Helene Marcombe and Jay Robinson. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"This competition has been a wonderful (and funny) opportunity for the three of us to work together. It was a very playful experience that occurred in many places: at a rectangular table in Aurillac, in a grey park in London, in a cold kitchen in Jerusalem and finally in front of a computer (of course)."

Honorable Mentions

"What About Sleeping Beauty" by Hugo Reichmann

Honorable Mention: “What About Sleeping Beauty” / Hugo Reichmann. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “What About Sleeping Beauty” / Hugo Reichmann. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"The Doomers' Ball" by STASUS - James A. Craig & Matt Ozga-Lawn

Honorable Mention: “The Doomers' Ball” / STASUS - James A. Craig & Matt Ozga-Lawn. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “The Doomers' Ball” / STASUS - James A. Craig & Matt Ozga-Lawn. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"How You Can Rhino the Jingo Out of Everything & Architecture Gets More Than A Skin" by J P Maruszczak, Roger Connah, and Ryan Manning

Honorable Mention: “How You Can Rhino the Jingo Out of Everything & Architecture Gets More Than A Skin” / J P Maruszczak, Roger Connah, and Ryan Manning. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “How You Can Rhino the Jingo Out of Everything & Architecture Gets More Than A Skin” / J P Maruszczak, Roger Connah, and Ryan Manning. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"The Invisible Apple" by Zigeng Wang and Tanli Liu

Honorable Mention: “The Invisible Apple” / Zigeng Wang and Tanli Liu. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “The Invisible Apple” / Zigeng Wang and Tanli Liu. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"The Museum of Lost Volumes" by Neyran Turan, Melis Ugurlu, and Anastasia Yee

Honorable Mention: “The Museum of Lost Volumes” / Neyran Turan, Melis Ugurlu, and Anastasia Yee. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “The Museum of Lost Volumes” / Neyran Turan, Melis Ugurlu, and Anastasia Yee. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"Verse" by Chanel Dehond

Honorable Mention: “Verse” / Chanel Dehond. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “Verse” / Chanel Dehond. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"The Death Rehearsal" by Carol Nung

Honorable Mention: “The Death Rehearsal” / Carol Nung. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “The Death Rehearsal” / Carol Nung. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"Allegories of Home" by Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz

Honorable Mention: "Allegories of Home" / Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: "Allegories of Home" / Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

"Despina: The City of Desire" by Victor Diaz, Alberto Costa, Carlos Piñar, Rafael Velázquez, and Monserrat León

Honorable Mention: “Despina: The City & Desire” / Víctor Díaz, Alberto Costa, Carlos Piñar, Rafael Velázquez, and Monserrat León. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “Despina: The City & Desire” / Víctor Díaz, Alberto Costa, Carlos Piñar, Rafael Velázquez, and Monserrat León. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

“The City Spoke” by Adam Longenbach

Honorable Mention: "The City Spoke” / Adam Longenbach. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: "The City Spoke” / Adam Longenbach. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

“Sukkar” by Nenad Krstic, Ivana Radmanovac, and Iva Bekic

Honorable Mention: “Sukkar” / Nenad Krstic, Ivana Radmanovac, and Iva Bekic. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Honorable Mention: “Sukkar” / Nenad Krstic, Ivana Radmanovac, and Iva Bekic. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

For more on the competition or this year's entries, visit blankspaceproject.com

Cite: Holly Giermann. "4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition" 18 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/610799/4-fantastical-projects-take-top-honors-in-2015-fairy-tales-competition/>
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