NKA Foundation has announced the winners of the 3rd Earth Architecture Competition, Designing for the Arts, in Ghana. The competition called for recent graduates and students of architecture and design to design innovative, modest, and affordable housing for artists that could be built using earth and local materials in Ghana.
The design was required to be a mud house type of about 2,400 square feet for eight to ten users on a plot of 80 by 100 feet in the Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The overall design was designated for use by musicians, theater artists, potters, sculptors, painters, textile artists, designers, writers, or media arts practitioners. Total costs of construction were not to exceed $7,000 USD for materials and labor, not including the land value.
The winners of the competition are:
First place: Abode+Abode / Chowdhury Mohammad Junayed, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, and Erum Ahmed, of the Sheikh Ahsan Ulla Mojumder & Associates in Bangladesh
Second place: eARThouse / Lorenzo Conti, from Italy
Third place: Weft Wall / Eddie Winn and Samantha McPadden, of the USA
Honorable mention: Sculptors Domain / Shahid Sayeed Khan, Dania Faruq, and Mohammed Andir, from Pakistan
Honorable mention: Bamang Earth House / Sanne Eekel, from the Netherlands
Honorable mention: Art House / Santiago Merello, Antonella Sinacore, and Claudia Varin, from Uruguay
Honorable mention: Asase House / ASA Studio, from Rwanda
Five of these winners—eARThouse, Weft Wall, Asase House, Sculptors Domain, and Art House—have now moved on to the building stages, and will be constructed between May 2016 and December 2017. Each project has issued an open call for participation, asking for diverse volunteers to help with the construction process.
Learn more about each of the projects here.
News via NKA Foundation.