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Multi Comfort: Meet the Winners of the 16th Edition of the Saint-Gobain International Student Contest

Saint-Gobain has announced the results for the 16th edition of its international Multi Comfort Student Contest. This year, the challenge was to convert the post-industrial area of the Coignet company in Saint-Denis (France) into a space for living, learning, and leisure in the heart of a large green space, respecting both the historical heritage and the needs of sustainable development of modern neighborhoods, in collaboration with the city of Saint-Denis.

Learn more about the top three winning projects below.

From Your Eyes to My Eyes: Selected Places by Aldo Amoretti

The Italian photgrapher, Aldo Amoretti created the initiative to invite people to share their favorite places around the world, with the objective of going beyond his vision and giving the chance to an audience to offer a different perspective of buildings and places.

Luís Pedro Pinto Selected to Design the Expansion of the OA Headquarters in Lisbon

Luís Pedro Pinto has won the tender to expand The Order of Architects Headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. Selected out of 66 works presented, part of a public design competition, the project, according to the jury, was praised for “its cohesion, coherence and unitary image”.

Archstorming Announces Winners of HOPE Dental Center Contest

Archstorming, the platform dedicated to humanitarian architecture competitions, has announced the winners of HOPE Dental Center contest. The brief called for the design of a dental clinic and training institute for the NGO His Hands On Africa, a non-profit organization that wants to address the lack of dental services in countries such as Rwanda, the chosen location for this competition.

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Design that Educates Awards Reveals Winners of 2020 Edition

Highlighting and promoting architecture and design that impacts the educational field, the Design that Educates Awards revealed its list of winners for 2020. A collaboration between Laka Foundation and Solarlux GmbH, this year’s competition theme was inspired by the “Educating Buildings” research paper of Dr. Peter Kuczia.

HOME Competition Released their Results for the 2019 Edition

The HOME competition 2019, organized by architectural initiative arch out loud, has released its winning projects. The annual challenge that pushed the limits of adaptability and innovation, asked designers “What is the future of HOME?”

Overall - Director's Choice. Image Courtesy of HOME Competition 2019Adaptability Award - Winner. Image Courtesy of HOME Competition 2019Adaptability Award - Honorable Mention. Image Courtesy of HOME Competition 2019Pragmatic Award - Winner. Image Courtesy of HOME Competition 2019+ 33

YAC Announces the Winners of the Calamity Atelier Competition

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YAC - Young Architects Competitions - and Arte Sella announce the winners of Calamity Atelier, a competition of ideas that was launched last November and aimed to regenerate the greatest and most prestigious art park in the world.

The Airport of the Future Challenge Announces The 2019 Winners

Fentress Architects announced the winners of the 2019 Fentress Global Challenge, the international annual student competition. For this 7th edition, under the theme of envisioning the airport of the future in the year 2075, students from more than 50 countries participated in the contest, and more than 500 applications were registered.

Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of International Student Design Competition

Competing in this year’s 15th annual Multi Comfort Student Contest, Saint-Gobain had over 2,200 students from 199 universities worldwide. The final was narrowed down to 60 competing teams from 34 countries, all of whom traveled to Milan to present their designs to an international panel of experts from the Municipality of Milan. This year’s brief was to design a project to rehabilitate and reconnect the urban area around Crescenzago subway station in Milan in line with the city’s #milano2030 development plan. The competition also focuses on Saint-Gobain’s concept of Multi Comfort: thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort, as well as good indoor air quality.

"Urban Villa" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain"Induction" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain"Diversity in Regularity" - 3D Model. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain"Social Canopy" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain+ 21

Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition

In their most recent design competition, Bee Breeders partnered with Urban Zoo Coworking to seek a signature style for Urban Zoo’s coworking spaces. Viewed as a prototype to be adapted to each new venue, these interior designs needed to be customizable for various users. Common inhabitants of Urban Zoo Coworking’s spaces include freelancers, start-ups, and small businesses who need a workspace to meet their different creative needs.

Third Prize: Habitat. Image © Apex Project BureauFirst Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio MasFirst Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio MasSecond Prize: WILD. Image © Cornerstore+ 27

Competition-Winning Ideas for Multi-Purpose Stadiums on Former Lagos Landfill

Architecture research initiative “arch out loud” has announced the winners of their “Waste: Multi-Purpose Stadium” competition, asking participants to speculate on the design of a multi-purpose stadium at the former Olusosun Landfill in Lagos, Nigeria.

The competition was organized in response to the fact that the world creates more than a billion tons of garbage per year, most of which is incinerated, buried, and explored to landfills. As populations and major cities expand, so too must our “ability to reverse wasteful tendencies and begin living more efficiently and sustainably.”

Zaha Hadid Architects Proposal Shortlisted For Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, But Uncertainty Over Buildability Remains

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

To activate the historical and cultural significance of music in the city of Yekaterinburg, a design competition to create a new concert hall was announced earlier in April. From the 47 proposals that were submitted, the top three architectural concepts were recently selected by the jury committee, awarding first place to Zaha Hadid Architects, and the two runner-up positions to Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners and Robert Gutowski Architects respectively.

Despite selecting ZHA's proposal as the project laureate, all three projects are still in contention as the feasibility studies are ongoing. For the snowy climate of this Russian city, the buildability of the design continues to be under debate. 

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Winner of ‘Home: What is the Future?’ Competition Announced

Architectural research initiative ‘arch out loud’ has announced the winners of the HOME competition. Entrants were asked to answer the question: ‘What is the future of HOME?’ A winner was identified for each category: Overall, Innovation, Adaptability, and Pragmatism.

As changes in global circumstances give rise to new design and living trends, the traditional definition of the home as a private place of permanence and stability has altered to accommodate these transitions. The competitors were asked to consider these changes, such as the impact of population shifts, the unpredictability of our changing ecosystem, contemporary forms of community housing and community relations, and newly engineered materials.

Adaptability Award: "The Not-For-Long Home" by Stav Dror and Liran Messer, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. Image Courtesy of arch out loudPragmatic Award: "Urbanism of Stuff" by Jacob Comerci, Princeton University School of Architecture . Image Courtesy of arch out loudInnovation Award: "Above the Tire" by  Dazhong Yi, University of Pennsylvania. Image Courtesy of arch out loudOverall Winner: "HAPPI: Integrated Apparatus" by Massimilian Orzi, Studio Orzi. Image Courtesy of arch out loud+ 5

Benoy Wins Design Competition For The Yuqiao Science Innovation Centre in Shanghai

International master planning and architecture specialists, Benoy won the bid for Shanghai's 367,000 square meters Yuqiao Science Innovation Centre. This technological hub will work towards Shanghai's goal to be a world-class city by 2040.

Winners of London Internet Museum Competition Announced

Architecture competition organizers Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the London Internet Museum competition. This speculative project challenged architects to design a museum for “something historically profound and typologically unprecedented — the internet.” Given a site at the former Great Eastern Railway terminal station building, designers were tasked with creating a location that would “connect visitors to both the history of the internet and open them to the possibilities of the future.” Submissions took a wide variety of approaches, and prizes were awarded to projects that rejected the typical associations and precedents that the internet calls to mind.

Continue reading to see the winning entries with brief descriptions.

Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsFirst Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsSecond Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsSecond Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions+ 19

UNESCO Reveals Winning Scheme For The Bamiyan Cultural Centre In Afghanistan

, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, have announced the winning proposal for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. An Argentina-based team, lead by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, were selected from 1,070 design entries from 117 countries. Prepatory work on implementing their scheme, entitled Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence, "will start immediately" close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage site.

See the winning entry and the four runners-up after the break.

Runner Up [4]: Entrance View. Image Courtesy of UNESCORunner Up [2]: Performance Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCORunner Up [1]: Interior Perspective. Image Courtesy of UNESCORunner Up [3]: Elevation. Image Courtesy of UNESCO+ 26

Competition Results: "Hello Nature"

Hello Nature, the most recent ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a structure that celebrates nature on an expansive site in northern Sweden at the foot of Omneberget mountain. Located in an area known as the High Coast (Höga Kusten), the site sits within an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designers were asked to "highlight the relationship between humanity and the rest of the planet" in putting forward proposals which "reconnect to nature." As a twist, entrants had to include both educational and recreational elements to their submissions. The entries, which range from a mountain of 'conservation drones' (with a control tower and charging station at its peak) to a collection of four extruded concrete plinths, all seek to explore our relationship with the wild when 50% of the world's population live in urban centres.

See the winning proposals and read the jury's comments after the break.

Honourable Mention: Back to the Future / Silvia Marcialis and Alessandra Mattacchioni. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsHonourable Mention: Monument / Severino Iritano and Daniele Bonetti. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsThird Prize: Inside Nature / Johan Meisel. Image Courtesy of Combo CompetitionsFirst Prize: Dromneberget / Nicolay Boyadjiev and Don Toromanoff. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions+ 19

Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition

Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter has unveiled the winners of "NEXT BIG ONE," an open call for design solutions to high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. Project teams were challenged to propose a solution that "can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence."

A jury comprised of leading architects and professionals from Architecture Research Office (Stephen Cassell), Perkins + Will (Susan Gushe), Bing Thom Architects (Eileen Keenan), Scott & Scott Architects (David Scott), and the City of Vancouver (Doug Smith) evaluated the projects. Entries were evaluated based on three key criteria: the exemplification of innovation in disaster design, promotion of community resiliency before and after disasters, and compliance with multi-hazard parameters for worst-case disaster scenarios.

Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver ChapterEntry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver ChapterEntry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver ChapterEntry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter+ 16

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov
Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov

Competitions results for the first stage of the Moscow Metro Station for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino have been announced. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations since the 1930s-50s, this is the first time in the recent expansion of Moscow's Metro system that a competition has been used to find an architect.

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow has chosen 10 finalists out of approximately 100 entries who will continue to work on the architectural design concepts of the stations until November. See images of all ten proposals after the break.

Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing

In Borders: A Very Short Introduction, Hagan Diener writes, "…every border has a story. Every line on a map, every maker in the landscape, was derived from some complex negation of power and culture." It is this potency of meaning that makes the physical and conceptual border such a fascinating site. The 2013-2014 ACSA administered and AISC sponsored Steel Design Student Competition challenged students to design a border crossing station addressing the complex factors of cross-border relationships, using structural steel as the primary material. Learn more about the competition and the winning projects after the break.

Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of ArchitectureKyle Marren, Ryerson University. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of ArchitectureJorge Cornet, Adam Schroth & Thomas Soldiviero, Catholic University of America. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of ArchitectureDonovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture+ 19

"Atelier of the Future" Competition Results Announced

The Atelier of the Future competition asked entrants to design a "creative and artistic vision of an atelier." Having been organised by FAKRO, in conjunction with A10 New European Architecture magazine, the proposals also were required to feature at least three FAKRO products (roof lights and windows) as part of a space which is functional, technologically astute, and able to "create the appropriate mood to stimulate creative visions."

With sixty two entries in total, a third of which were from Poland and 90% of which were from within Europe, the jury deliberated entries that "stimulated [their] imaginations and provoked a set of reflections about the possible futures of architecture and its fields for action." Divided among themes which ranged from projects associated with Industry, to Nature, to Water, entrants proposed solutions for "underwater resorts, skylofts, subterranean spaces, derelict areas, wheels of fortune and metabolist towers."

See the winning entries after the break.

First Prize: VENUS OF GARAGE by Katarzyna Furgalińska and Michał LisińskiSpecial Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka WyrwasSpecial Mention: Solitude by Krzysztof Stępień and Agnieszka WyrwasThird Prize: Lightbox by Fabio Damiani, Daniele Cremaschi, Marco Quistini, Silvia Pezzetti+ 21

Competition Results: "Faith! A Place of Worship in London"

Faith!, the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to design a place of worship in London. In spite of the beguiling simplicity of the title, coupled with a typically open brief, the placed winners and three honourable mentions exhibit a diverse, exciting collection of conceptual drawings and visuals. With an interesting balance of playful interpretations and more grounded proposals, all start to address relevant socio-political issues - such as the mutual acceptance and peaceful co-existence of different religions - in some way. The competition asked participants first and foremost to seek to merge two concepts: religion and knowledge.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Bag Victory in Contest for Estonia's Arvo Pärt Centre

Today the President of Estonia announced the Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos as the winner in an international competition to design a new Cultural Centre in Estonia. The Arvo Pärt Centre is dedicated to the Estonian composer and will house an archive of his work, making it available to researchers and enthusiasts at the new site in Laulasmaa.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos came first from a shortlist of 20 architects, including names such as Zaha Hadid Architects and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Second and third prize went to US practice Allied Works Architecture and Kavakava Architects of Estonia respectively. See images of the top three projects after the break.

2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects2nd Place: Between Stone and Sky / Allied Works Architecture. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects3rd Place: Väike Sekund (Small Second) / Kavakava OÜ. Image Courtesy of The Union of Estonian Architects+ 7

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