Olson Kundig Take Home Top Honors in 2016 Fairy Tales Competition

Blank Space has announced three winners and ten honorable mentions in their third Fairy Tales Competition. This year's contest drew entries from more than 1,500 participants from 67 countries. Everyone from students to academics and notable studios and designers submitted detailed stories and beautiful visuals for their submissions. The winners were chosen by an interdisciplinary jury of distinguished judges including Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries; Elizabeth Diller, founding partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and ArchDaily’s own Becky Quintal, Executive Editor; and David Basulto, Founder and Editor in Chief.

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The winning entries, honorable mentions, and other noteworthy submissions will be featured in the third volume of Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story which is set to be released in July and can be purchased, here. The cover was designed by Spanish artist Vincente Garcia-Morillo.

Read about the jury’s selections after the break.

FIRST PLACE: Olson Kundig – Alan Maskin, Jerome Tryon, Kevin Scott, Gabriela Frank & Katie Miller – “Welcome to the 5th Façade”

Olson Kundig. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

The Seattle-based firm founded in 1966 and winner of the 2009 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, received first place for their story, “Welcome to the 5th Façade.” Their story takes the reader into a future that is similar to our present world, yet filled with new challenges and opportunities. Principal at Olson Kundig, Alan Maskin said, “Our Fairy Tales 2016 submittal became a tangential detour from Olson Kundig's ongoing investigation into urban rooftops, the largely neglected uppermost layer of cities. The idea of applying a narrative filter ­to both built and conceptual projects ­became another way to look at and critique design ideas. 'Welcome To The 5th Facade' used science fiction as it is traditionally used ­as a modality to visualize and imagine a particular future in terms of both the pitfalls and the potential.”

SECOND PLACE: Hagai Ben Naim – “Parisian Lullaby”

Hagai Ben Naim. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Using satire to address the effect of recent events on park space, public policy, and the public domain as a whole, this narrative, according to the author, is “the product of a personal encounter with the urban space and political climate of contemporary Paris, and was triggered by the recent heartbreaking events that took place in the city. The Parisian municipal obsession with governing and ordering life in the public domain gave birth to a series of regulations regarding preservation, maintenance and security. Some of these rules, such as the Second Empire requirement to close public parks at nightfall, date back to the nineteenth century. Through a satirical reworking of the master plan for the new Clichy Batignolles district, 'Parisian Lullaby' raises the question of the relevance of these anachronistic municipal regulations in contemporary Paris. It opens a Pandora’s box of cultural critique that unleashes fundamental interrogations related to space and identity, freedom, prejudice, cultural dogma and hypocrisy.”

THIRD PLACE: Kobi Logendrarajah – “12 Nautical Miles”

Kobi Logendrarajah. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

This narrative imagines how architecture may be created in a “literal no-man’s-land.” Logendrarajah explained, “The spark behind the story was inspired by an anime I used to watch back in the day called Black Lagoon that was based on a fictitious island neighboring Thailand. The island was home to many of the world's outcasts, ranging from pirates to deserting soldiers from the Vietnam War. I honed the idea of a place of refuge and expanded it to include a place that escapes the eye of any government, where one can practice their full liberties as they seem fit. I wanted architecture to respond to this social structure and I spawned a scenario that touches upon some of the similar issues that we face today. How we claim that a land is ours, who's allowed to be apart of it, and who was here first were all questions I wanted people to think about deeply about.

Honorable Mentions

On the Road - Kostis Ktistakis

Kostis Ktistakis. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Malthusian Curve Program, Love is to Die - Liao Hung Kai & Huang Hsiao Rou

Lio Hung & Huang Hsiao Rou. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Preface, with Apologies to Coleridge - Mark Morriss & Neil Spiller

Mark Morris & Neil Spiller. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Software Version v.5.1 - Nicola Chan, Nikolas Kourtis & Pui Quan Choi

Nicola Chan, Nikolas Kourtis & Pui Quan Choi. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Untitled - Olalekan Jeyifous

Olalekan Jeyifous. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

+Z - patch Dobson - Perez

Patch Dobson-Perez. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Untitled - Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

The Block Party - Scott Lindberg & Katherine Nesse

Scott Lindberg & Katherine Nesse. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Untitled - Sean Cottengim & Alex Gormley

Sean Cottengim & Alex Gormley. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Untitled - Will Fu

Will Fu. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Correction Update: This article has been amended to correct a typo on the founding date of Olson Kundig. The firm was founded in 1966, not 1996 as previously published.

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Cite: Kaley Overstreet. "Olson Kundig Take Home Top Honors in 2016 Fairy Tales Competition" 24 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/784371/olson-kundig-take-home-top-honors-in-2016-fairy-tales-competition> ISSN 0719-8884

Olson Kundig. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

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