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2012 AIM Competition Awards Announced

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” Participants were challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development. Over the course of this society’s development, the unique fishing village, its products, and its lifestyle, represent a cultural resource that cannot be replicated. Awards were given in the categories of scenic village planning, architecture renovation, sustainable development, innovation production, and a special award. More images and descriptions of the winning entries after the break.

Mobilicity Tirana Competition Entry / vGHcompany

vGHcompany shared with us their competition entry for Mobilicity Tirana, which won an honorable mention. Their project outlines a utopia, which is based on the man who fell into one’s own trap: the notion of time. The rings showing the wheels of a watch in which each mean of conveyance (train, car, bike) are the hands covering the dial. Each of these conveyance flows has their own characteristics and its medium speed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G

  • Architects: ARQUITECTURA-G
  • Location: Barcelona, España
  • Design Team: Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Area: 150.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: © José Hevia, Cortesia de ARQUITECTURA-G

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / École Architects + AAKAA

The proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library competition, designed by École Architects and AAKAA, consists of a massive cubic construction, in stark contrast with the surrounding cityscape. The singularity and unexpected nature of this landmark building is legible at once, without, however, bearing the trace of any logo, or distinctive sign of its function. It is its absence of obvious identity – its apparent neutrality and slickness – that consecrates it as a singular landmark. The library projects no further identity than its mass. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Scanavini Barn / Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli + Cecilia Wolff Cecchi

© Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli © Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli © Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli © Juan Sepúlveda Grazioli

Light Lab 5.1 / VaV Architects

  • Architects: VaV Architects
  • Location: Helsingfors, Uusimaa, Finland
  • Architects: Pablo Bolinches Vidal, Darragh Breathnach, Daria Leikina
  • Collaborators: Veniyana Lemonidi, Matteo Goldoni, Jonathan Russell, Nicholas Dunlop, Tati Leonteva, Alexandra Polyakova, Tereza Scheibova, Anna Podrouzkova, Libor Mládek, David Buhagiar, Aulon Harizaj, Jim Walsh
  • Area: 7.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jonathan Russell

© Jonathan Russell © Jonathan Russell © Jonathan Russell © Jonathan Russell

Małopolska Garden of Arts / Ingarden & Ewý Architects

  • Architects: Ingarden & Ewý Architects
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Collaboration: Jacek Ewý
  • Cooperation: K3 Architekci
  • Interior Design: IEA & Pracownia
  • Structure: GSBK Biuro Konstrukcyjne
  • Floor Usable Area: 4330.76 sqm
  • Area: 1579.3 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Krzysztof Ingarden

© Krzysztof Ingarden © Krzysztof Ingarden © Krzysztof Ingarden © Krzysztof Ingarden

Ferriol House / RIPOLLTIZON

  • Architects: RIPOLLTIZON
  • Location: 5 Unió St. Maria de la Salut. Mallorca. Spain
  • Architects: Pep Ripoll and Juan Miguel Tizón
  • Collaborator: Xisco Sevilla (architect)
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Jaime Sicilia , Courtesy of RIPOLLTIZON

© Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia

A Residential Pavilion & Landscape of Hai Hau-The Great / Arcadian Architecture+Design

  • Architects: Arcadian Architecture+Design
  • Location: Chung-li City, Taiwan
  • Architect In Charge: Alex Yu
  • Design Team: Jerry Chang、Kobe Lin、Ru-Hsien Huang、Cheng-hui Lo、Chiao-wen Lo、Hanawa Ho、Tzi-Jui Chiang
  • Client: Hai Hau Constructions
  • Area: 530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng, Courtesy of Arcadian Architecture+Design

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

How to Re-Invent the African Mud Hut

It’s not often that a project requires you to bulk up on your haggling skills.

Then again, it’s not often that a project requires you to re-invent the African Mud Hut either. But that was exactly the task presented to Karolina and Wayne Switzer, participants of the Nka Foundation’s “10x10 Shelter Challenge” to design and build a 10 by 10 feet shelter deep in the heart of Ghana. 

The pair, who just completed their project this month, were dependent upon the local community to make the shelter a reality, and had to learn early on how to communicate with the locals - not just to negotiate prices for materials and labor, but to overcome the local stigma associated with mud architecture (usually only used by the very poor). 

The result was a contemporary, durable shelter built with a construction method inspired by local tradition: the pounding of the fufu root, a diet staple for the community, which uncannily paralleled the pounding of fresh soil into the forms. Hence the local’s name for the structure: “Obruni fufu” (white man’s fufu). 

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 10x10 Challenge (open to students and graduates of design, architecture, art, or engineering, until October 2013), check out the Nka Foundation’s website, www.nkafoundation.org, or email at info@nkafoundation.org 

Full description of the project, after the break....

EF Offices / ST Arquitetura

© Patricia Nogueira © Patricia Nogueira © Patricia Nogueira © Patricia Nogueira

Lucerne / Daniel Marshall Architects

  • Architects: Daniel Marshall Architects
  • Location: Orakei Basin, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Design Team: Daniel Marshall, Emrana Sikder, Cameron Pollock, Nick Sayes
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles, Courtesy of Daniel Marshall Architects

© Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles © Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles © Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles © Emily Andrews & Ernie Shackles

Splitters Creek House / Nest Architects

© Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese
  • Architects: Nest Architects
  • Location: Splitters Creek, Australia
  • Design Team: Emilio Fuscaldo & Imogen Pullar
  • Site Area: 36000 sqm
  • Area: 333.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese

Forest House / Kube Architecture

© Paul Burk © Paul Burk © Paul Burk © Paul Burk

Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial Competition Entry / Mateo Arquitectura

Designed by Mateo Arquitectura, the purpose of the Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial is to commemorate the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 that made Leipzig a decisive place for the fall of the Berlin wall with the construction of this monument. The memory they aim to commemorate is that of a peaceful mass change, with no hierarchies, that we see in historic photos as points of light, changing like a surging sea. Formally and conceptually, the architects decided that their intervention here should address surface rather than volume; it should be horizontal rather than vertical. More images and architects’ description after the break.