Young Architects Forum’s 2011 Ideas Competition Results


The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF) and Committee on Design (COD) have selected the recipients of the second annual YAF/COD Ideas Competition, sponsored by TOTO. Results in addition to images of the awarded projects with brief narratives from the designers can be found after the break.

Headquarter for SE / GPP Architects

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GPP Architects were recently awarded 1st prize for the Syd Energi (SE) Headquarter competition. The project is located on a remarkable site in the southwest part of – where the countryside meets the city, next to the biggest Danish land art monument – “The hill of light”. This new building for the employees at the energy company will, beside from being a great work environment, also be ground-breaking in terms of architecture and sustainability.


Bleu / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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Barcelona-based architects Estudio Barozzi Veiga have unanimously been selected as the winners in a competition to design a new Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland. More images, a video and information after the break. (more…)

Update: Knut Hamsun Center / Steven Holl Architects + LY Arkitekter


Back in 2009 when ’s Kunt Hamsun Center was unveiled, the faceted volume topped with an a-typical vertical grass roof gained international attention for its reinterpretation of Nordic aesthetics complimented by Holl’s fascination with interior light quality.   This year, Holl +  Oslo-based LY Arkitekter, have been awarded the prestigious 2011 Byggeskikkprisen for their collaboration on the project; rising above over 90 submitted buildings.  The prize, which is granted by the Norwegian government for outstanding architecture, was presented by Local Government and Regional Development Minister Liv Signe at the Norwegian Design and Architecture Center in Oslo.  “The Hamsun Center is a piece of original architecture that is deeply moving on many levels and meets all of its functions in exceptionally exciting and unique ways,” said the jury. “It both provokes and delights through its strong, clear and non-traditional form, and it finds its natural place in the dramatic skyline of the northern landscape.”

HL Architecture Wins the First Prize in the Competition for Brede School on Bonaire


HL Architecture, in collaboration with the narrative designer Nadia Troeman and DGMR, with their Antillean partner Madeco Project Vision, has won the competition for the design of a new multi-discipline school in the town of North Saliña, on the . The jury, chaired by Professor Carlos Weeber and including Glenn Thodé, Governor of Bonaire and Enigma Giskus, Director of the Reina Beatrix School, awarded the team first prize. The competition was initiated by the Bonaire Office of Public Works and the Ministry of Education and Culture.


Institute for Contemporary Art / Holl + BCWH Architects

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Steven Holl Architects just shared the news that the firm has won the commission for the new for Virginia Commonwealth University with BCWH Architects.  The 32,000 square-foot building will provide gallery spaces for traveling and school exhibits, classrooms, offices, art storage spaces and an auditorium, and accommodate a sculpture garden and a café.   Joseph H. Seipel, Dean of the VCU School of the Arts, exclaimed,  ”We are honored to have , internationally recognized as one the most inspired and significant architects of our time. With Holl leading this endeavor, I am confident the ICA is destined to become an iconic building for VCU and the city of Richmond and will find its place as a prominent example of ’s contributions to the history of architecture.”   As the selection process was organized to find an architect-led team, and not a specific design, we will keep you posted on the progress of the project.

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) Wins Competition to Design Samaranch Memorial Museum

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HAO / Holm Architecture Office in collaboration with Archiland Beijing and Kragh & Berglund landscape architects, has won first prize in a competition to design the Samaranch Memorial Museum in , .

Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain was the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of China’s bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games. Tianjin, a city of over 12 million people in northwestern China near Beijing, was the site of several Olympic events. The new museum and memorial will both highlight Samaranch’s professional history and look to the future, offering space for rotating exhibits of contemporary art and culture.


Passive House for New Orleans Competition Winner

DesignByMany and media partner ArchDaily are pleased to announce the “Low Cost, Low Energy House” by sustainable.TO as the winning design for the Passive House for New Orleans competition.  The competition challenged both students and professionals to design a passive house for focusing on key components of The Passive House Standard and the 2030 Challenge which has influenced the Better Buildings Initiative issued by President Obama.

More on the results of this competition after the break.


Streetfest Tent Design Competition Winners

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Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), are pleased to announce that a team of emerging City-based designers from the studios Family and PlayLab have been selected as the winners of Storefront’s StreetFest international competition to re-envision temporary outdoor structures.  The StreetFest competition asked for designs that envisioned street tents not only as shelters but also as active elements within the collective construction and understanding of the city.

More on the results of this competition after the break. (more…)

Proscenium Trondheim / Point Supreme Architects + Gerousis + Hughes

Proscenium Trondheim

Last year, we shared the results of Europan 10 with you - a biennial competition asking architects for innovative housing solutions for European sites.  For 2011, the competition’s objective is to promote awareness about the environment and how we occupy the natural world.  We’ve been covering the 2011 proposals, such as Europan Norway 2011, and today, we share an update on the progress of the Europan Norway 2010 winning scheme.   After winning the Europan for Trondheim NorwayPoint Supreme Architects, Alexandros Gerousis and , have recently completed the second phase of the concept design and are preparing for the project to be realized.     Recently,  the project was identified as a pilot project for the Norwegian government’s ‘Cities of the Future’ program – currently one of only 6 in Norway and the second in Trondheim.  The project will serve as an example of environmentally sustainable design strategies combined with innovative architecture – reflecting the ambitions and principles of Svartlamoen which has also been regulated as an eco-urban testing ground.

More about the winning project after the break. (more…)

‘Trimo Urban Crash’ Competition Winners

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‘Trimo Urban Crash’ has announced its winners from this year’s installation competition which challenged students to design a public architectural installation for Nove Fužine, a specific residential neighborhood in , Slovenia using Trimo materials.  The theme for this year is: The Life Stand – an architectural intervention which is more than a tribune for watching games or events. It is a point of interaction and inspiration for inhabitants and visitors of all ages, interests and social standing, and simultaneously offering an answer to complex architectural and social questions common to many European urban residential areas with its original and well-thought out approach.

Read on for the winning projects from the competition. (more…)

2011 AIA Honor Award / The Diana Center / Weiss Manfredi

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We are happy to share that our friends from New York-based will be recognized at the 2011  Ceremony in New Orleans this May.   The firm’s Diana Center for Barnard College has infused the urban campus with a new sense of vitality as the vertically organized quad unites landscape and architecture with interior and exterior spaces.   While the building contains 98,000 sqf of mixed use functions, the project also strongly emphasizes the constant connection between urban user and nature as a  grand diagonal slash through the building creates a double-height glass atria to provide inward, as well as outward views.   The slipped atria and an unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city, while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration and dialogue across disciplines.   The building has achieved a LEED Gold certification and Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College explained, “The Diana Center has not only transformed the way our community interacts, but through its environmentally responsible design and function, has inspired us to become active participants in sustainability efforts.    The project was also named a winner of ArchDaily’s Building of the Year Award for 2010 [be sure to view our full coverage of the Diana Center previously on AD].

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Competition Winner

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Back in December we told you about the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar. Christopher Karlson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been named the 2011 Rotch Travelling Scholarship recipient. Karlson will receive a $37,000 stipend to spend eight months traveling and studying architecture around the world.

As first runner-up, Young Seop Lee of Jersey City, New Jersey, is invited to compete in next year’s final competition without re-entering the preliminary stage and is the 2011 alternate if Karlson declines the scholarship.

Thirty-four competitors participated in the preliminary competition. They were asked to design an urban bicycle station in downtown . More information and images of the winning proposal after the break. (more…)

ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition winner / HNTB + Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates

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Announced in Washington DC the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected entry ‘hypar-nature’ led by HNTB with as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

The ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition challenged interdisciplinary design teams to create the next generation of wildlife crossing structures for North America’s roadways. The four inter-related objectives for the competition included:

  • Provide an avenue for international teams of design professionals to address new design challenges in the coalescent issues of road transportation safety, structural engineering, wildlife conservation and landscape ecology;
  • Explore creative new approaches, materials, and designs that address the fundamentals of transportation engineering and ecology;
  • Increase the number of potential solutions for cost efficient, innovative crossing designs that can be adapted for widespread use in other locations; and,
  • Engage design professionals and students in the interdisciplinary nature of road ecology with a real-time, in-situ application.

HNTB + MVVA Team Members: HNTB Engineering, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. Landscape Architects PC,  Applied Ecological Services
Competition Timeline: September 2010 – January 2011
Renderings and Drawings: HNTB and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.


INABA Awarded Permanent Artwork Installation

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INABA‘s proposal was selected for a permanent artwork installation at the new concert hall in , Normway. From a field of six invited international teams the cylindrical structure, 8m in diameter and 13m tall will be the focal point of the five-story high lobby.

Follow the break for more about INABA’s proposal.

Architects: INABA
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Client: KORO Public Art Norway
Graphic Design: MTWTF
Engineering: Buro Happold
Lighting: Ljusarkitektur
Project Team: (INABA) Jeffrey Inaba, Darien Williams, Karin Nelson, Yasmeen Khan, Micael Duran, Eugene Park, Sorayos Tang Chuenchomphu, Kristoffer Miller, (Buro Happold) Cristobal Correa, Jeff Thompson, (MTWTF) Glen Cummings, Aliza Dzik, (Ljusarkitektur) Kai Piippo, Clara Fraenkel
Photographs: Courtesy of INABA


West Kowloon Cultural District Selects City Park / Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners’ City Park proposal has recently been selected for the 40-hectare masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District.  Since this past August, we have been sharing the three competing shortlisted projects – OMA’s  Three Villages, Rocco Design Architects’ Cultural Connect, and Foster’s City Park – and your comments have sparked great discussion concerning the advantages and disadvantages of each.   The selection process for the cultural district was quite unique as the three projects, that were selected from 12 proposals, then entered a public consultation exercise.  For three months, the people of the West Kowloon district had the opportunity to review and comment on the projects, which then had a strong impact on the panel’s final decision.

Foster’s proposal is organized around a 23 hectare public par, with cultural buildings scattered along the edges to become a natural extension of the local community.  Foster commented, “This is fantastic news. I have been travelling to for more than 32 years, since the Hongkong Bank first brought us here. This project offers an extraordinary opportunity – it is unprecedented in its scale, scope and vision. City Park will be the catalyst to transform the city locally and regionally, as well as on the world stage. Our design is rooted in ’s urban DNA, the distinctive character that makes it such a dynamic city. There really is no other project like it!”

Be sure to read more about Foster’s proposal on AD here.

Saint-Laurent Sports Complex Architecture Competition Winner

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The Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects with SNC Lavalin team won the architecture competition for the future sports complex in Saint-Laurent, a former city on the island of in southwestern Quebec, Canada. The winning team’s proposal distinguished itself from the others by the quality of its architectural gesture, the simplicity of the concept, the creation of a distinctively urban branding image and wayfinding strategy, its adherence to the surface areas of the facilities, the effectiveness of its sustainable development strategies and its potential for change. More images and project description after the break. (more…)

2011 Skyscraper Competition Winners

1st place

eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The award seeks to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The first place was awarded to Atelier CMJN (Julien Combes, Gaël Brulé) from France for their ‘LO2P Recycling Skyscraper’ in New Delhi, India. The project is designed as a large-scale wind turbine that filters polluted air with a series of particle collector membranes, elevated greenhouses, and mineralization baths. More images and descriptions of winning entries after the break (more…)