Architecture of Observation Towers

It seems to be human nature to enjoy a view, getting the higher ground and taking in our surroundings has become a significant aspect of architecture across the world. Observation towers which allow visitors to climb and observe their surroundings, provide a chance to take in the beauty of the land while at the same time adding something unique and impressive to the landscape.

Mur Nature Observation Tower

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The Mur Nature Observation tower is pattern after the double-helix shape of DNA. Image source

Munich-based architectural firm Terrain modelled the impressive observation tower on the double helix shape of DNA. Located near the river Mur in Gosdorf - on the border of Slovenia and Austria - the Mur Nature Observation tower stands 89 feet tall (27 metres) and overlooks the nature reserve.

The observation tower allows for scientific monitoring of the area as well as visual access to the river renaturation project and is part of a larger scheme for the Mur Nature Reserve also designed by Terrain.

Pennine Tower

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The Pennine tower marks the halfway point on the drive from London to Edinburgh. Image source 

Constructed in 1964, this 72-foot brutalist tower is located near Lancaster, England, and acts as the halfway point on the drive between London and Edinburgh. Having received Grade II listing status, the Pennine Tower no longer functions as a 24-hour restaurant, but remains a landmark of historic and architectural interest. Though its views of a national motorway are not exactly breathtaking, it remains an important part of the UK landscape. Reminiscent of an airport control tower, Pennine Tower drew on the progressive urban movement of so-called “glamorous” 1960s air travel.

Due to changes in fire safety regulations, the tower has been closed to the public since 1989.

Vojtěchov observation tower

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Vojtěchov observation tower offers views of the remote region of the Czech Republic. Image source

Located in Vojtěchov municipality of the Czech Republic, this observation tower was built between 2008 - 2010. Vojtěchov is a fairly remote region that extends into the northern foothills of the Saar mountains in the valley of the creek Raná.

The observation tower sits atop a hill referred to as Na Hrbovatkach, at an altitude of 589.9 m above sea level. The tower is based on a metal structure that was clad in concrete and stone up to the height of two storeys. The tower’s total height is 16.35 meters, and the highest viewing point sits at 11.7 meters.

Visitors are able to access the top levels after climbing 168 steps to the observation platform. The structure was deliberately kept small and offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The tower features a separate flight of stairs for visitors to descend, keeping the flow of foot traffic moving through the defined space on different flights of stairs.

Seljord lake observation tower

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These observation towers surrounding Lake Seljord in Norway were designed to look like inward-facing periscopes. Image source

Lake Seljord in Norway features several interesting observation towers scattered along its shoreline. Reaching 39 feet in the air, the observation towers take the shape of periscopes facing inward towards the lake.

The municipality of Seljord commissioned Rintala Eggertsson Architects to design lookout points around the lake in order to create better access for the local population and visitors to experience the lake. The brief called for three small installations in the mid- and southeast sections of the lake, and then a main viewpoint on the southwest end of the lake, close to the town of Seljord.

As the legendary home to Norway’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster, the vantage points within these wooden observation towers are ideal for trying to spot the serpent-like monster named Selma.

Swan Bells

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The Swan Bell Tower features a set of 18 bells hanging within the observation tower. Image source

Taking its name from the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia which it overlooks, the Swan Bell Tower features a set of 18 bells hanging within the specially-built 271 foot-high (82.5-meters) observation tower. Constructed of copper and glass campanile, the tower was designed by local architectural firm, Hames Sharley.

The 18 bells have a combined weight of approximately nine tonnes, as such the six-storey bell chamber was made of reinforced concrete cast in situ in order to support the weight and considerable force exerted when the bells are rung. Designed by engineering firm Arup, the bell chamber features soundproof louvres and doors that are used to muffle the sound or direct it towards the city or river as required.

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition

In collaboration with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition is calling for submissions for designs for an observation tower in the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi. The man-made reserve in the UAE capital is home to a spectacular flock of some 4,000 migratory flamingos during the winter months.

Participants are being asked to create designs for an observation tower and accompanying boardwalk so that visitors can fully immerse themselves in the stunning wildlife of the reserve. Projects will need to be mindful of the unique environment, as well as have the potential to become an iconic landmark in the region.

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Why do you enter
architecture competitions?

"I participate in architecture vision competitions because I like thinking about a concept, planning and formulating with building components, and discovering possibilities for specific sites. Since I love nature, I try to pick competitions which allow me to show the impact of nature on architecture design and vice versa. I perceive such competitions as an important input in a professional career and a priceless contribution to my personal growth."

Honourable mention winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Fernando Alonso Tuero from Spain!

"As young architects, we believe that vision competitions allow us to express our ideas and realize our designs in a non-constrained manner. Moreover, we believe that it kick-starts our careers and gives us exposure in the design and architecture world. Seeing other entries for the same competition allows us also to learn and grow by seeing other points of views and solutions designed for the same project."

Honourable mention winners

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Alessia Falcini and Christelle Maalouf from Italy!

"We saw Pape Nature Park Gateway competition as a way to consider the relationships between the natural environment and human intervention through symbolism, function and form. Participating in such a competition helps us reflect on issues that are crucial in the broader context, yet something we typically do not encounter in our daily lives in the metropolis."

Honourable mention winners

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Kaon Ko, Hiroki Kondo, Yuki Matsubara and Satoshi Hotsumi from Japan!

"I enrolled this competition for the following purposes: to practice how to output my study and how to express my ideas ; as part of a laboratory curriculum to acquire architectural communication skills; to acquire worldwide perspective and ability; specifically, I am interested in generation of architecture in the place where the primitive environment of the earth remains, such as the horizon of landscapes in Northern Europe. In BEE BREEDERS there are many competitions for such sites."

Student prize winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Kahara Mori from Japan!

"Modern cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine shape a development far from the samples of modern architecture. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture and to be in the context of its development."

"I enjoy the creative freedom that these competitions allow. While daily practice is incredibly rewarding, competitions such as this offer a chance to exercise my mind and explore design problems that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to delve into. They provide me the opportunity to research and explore a place and context that I may not otherwise have explored. I enjoy that. And I enjoy seeing other solutions to the same problem."

2nd prize winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Jeffrey Clancy from United States!

"I enrolled in this competition as I had to work on my final thesis and I found this competition interesting to use."

Honorable mention winner

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Guillem Roca Canals from Spain!

"We seek out interesting architectural competitions as a way to hone our craft for the everyday world. They present an amusing and low-stakes opportunity to test out new ideas, or to explore new project typologies that we haven’t had a chance to jump into professionally. Perhaps most importantly they offer a fun excuse to practice how we illustrate and explain our ideas – both graphically and verbally – which is critically important for the success of a small firm."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Marty Sandberg and Cristina Gallo McCausland from United States!

"Architecture competitions allow a unique opportunity to explore the capability of architecture, somewhat removed from the pressures of regular work. I have chosen to participate because I felt the urge to extend the ideas and interests that were aroused from my studies. This specific competition was appealing to me because it combines my interests of architecture and music, in a country I love."

Honourable mention winner

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Robert Leslie Hillman from Australia!

"Competitions offer designers an opportunity to investigate design challenges with a different set of constraints. We feel that competitions allow us to think in new ways, examine our process and explore alternative means of graphic communication. We spent a lot of time prior to entering the competition arguing about everything under the moon. The competition was a way to take our two different personalities and see what cohesive idea could come out of it. It was a great way to put arguments on paper."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Andi Reeder and Kirk Malanchuk from United States!

"Most of the time we are working with so many demands; it can be a wonderfully collaborative experience, but it can pull us away from our original intentions as architects. Competitions are an opportunity to step away from external demands and rediscover what is important to us. Ideally this resonates with others, and we see how others responded to the exact same parameters."

3rd prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Lisa Mullikin and Kevin Stevens from United States!

"We participated in this competition because it gave us a chance to exercise our muscles on a different project type and in a different context. Cultural venues are a building typology that interests us deeply because of the clear connection between people, place, events history and identity. It’s a tremendously exciting thing to be a part of and the competition gave us just that opportunity."

1st prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Ian O’Brien, Enrique García Blázquez and Oliver James from United Kingdom!

"Because we are young and ambitious people (☺), we wanted to test ourselves at an international level as well. Dealing with such interesting topics has a very refreshing effect on the everyday-work and on our community as well."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Norbert Pánovits, Orsolya Méhes and Zsuzsanna Köninger-Péter from Hungary!

"An architecture vision competition allows us to develop our ideas outside of the framework that reality usually places around a project. Of course we are also driven by the opportunity to realize our ideas, but a competition provides freedom, both in research, design development, detailing and presentation techniques."

"The competition is a means to rid yourself of the constraints of every day design, and explore your own creativity dynamically. It is also an interesting way to learn about the world."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Tyler Mcbeth, Veronika Smetanina and Benjamin Dossett from Japan!

"All of my design processes begin with extensive research, so I consider architectural competitions as a great learning opportunity. Through this project for example, I discovered an array of fascinating facts about Iceland and its history, whilst also learning about state of the art construction materials and building technologies. In addition, architectural competitions give me full freedom of imagination that is sometimes restricted in practice due to budget, planning and client’s preferences."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Madina Zhazylbekova from Kazakhstan!

"Each competition is an opportunity to grow. Competing and confronting with other equally prepared firm/individuals pushes us to improve, experimenting and going beyond our limits, within the architectural field."

"Architecture competitions of this nature allow anyone to challenge, and provide a fresh approach to existing design dogmas. It is an incredible chance to step away from the conventional means of execution, and present a different perspective to a broader audience. It helps to facilitate the change in the profession through exposure and discussion, as well as one's own professional growth."

Green prize winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Chang Yuan Max Hsu and Hadeel Ayed Mohammad from United States!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions because they allow me to use my original ideas in architectural designs. I am sure that developing my imagination has improved the quality of my daily work in the office."

Student prize winner

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Magdalena Pająk from Poland!

"Architecture vision competitions allow artists to explore the possibilities of the framework to its latest extent, something that is sometimes difficult when third party interests are involved. We consider these opportunities unequalled chances to present our conversation with context as a pure manifestation as a designer could expect."

"I participate in this type of competition because the architectural program and the location is unique. The challenge to be met is even bigger when you know that there are many young talents who participate. Moreover, it goes about a competition that enjoys great international visibility. Beyond all this, the personal challenge is to excel while having fun."

2nd prize winner

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Francois Bodlet from Belgium!

"For us, taking part in architectural vision competitions is a big chance for experimentation with space and structure, an opportunity to celebrate the design process and to face unusual topics."

1st prize winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Kamila Szatanowska and Paulina Rogalska from Poland!

"I understand competitions as a mental exercise, in which you ask, think and reflect on the search for universal solutions to specific isolated problems."

"For us as students and working architects, participating in this vision competition was a way to step out of the boundaries of the day-to-day profession, and helped us broaden our horizons on how to take on projects. With this we concluded that every assignment, also within the profession, should be approached in this way. Keep a fresh mind on what architecture can mean or express."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Marilu de Bies and Simon Wijrdeman from Netherlands!

"Competitions are thought provoking exercises. They test your understanding of various architectural challenges while at the same time offering you different narratives on different societies and places, and the impact design has on them. The research process, collaboration and execution are a learning process. A fun one to be sincere."

Honourable mention winner

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Joseph Mwaisaka from Kenya!

"This is a good way to keep the mind rolling and flexible. Competition usually puts architects in a position of searching for questions before coming up with a solution. These are interesting moments for experimenting. Besides everything else, it is a way to put in act new collaborations, like our team did."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Guido Mitidieri and Venessa Mok from Finland!

"Architecture competitions are fun. They offer a good platform to experiment new ideas and explore different approaches to architecture."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Chun Fei Wong and June Yong from Malaysia!

"Architecture vision competitions continuously trigger us to train our sensations on designing, redesigning and finalizing. As a team, we learn so much from each other through one architectural design."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

 Fang Xu, Yuxuan Jiang and Zhi Wen Sun from Canada!

"Competition prompts give us the constraints and platform to pursue creative design projects outside of the office. They also motivate us to follow through on these pursuits through a financial investment and fixed schedule."

Green award winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Sam Naylor and Elaine Stokes from United States!

"This kind of competition is a good field for matching with other points of view. It can be fascinating to observe how a place can be conceived by other architects and designers. It gives you an opportunity to try different approaches and experiment which is definitely something you don’t see every day."

"It is a refreshing exercise and an escape from our everyday works. Generally, we get to design things that we do not regularly have a chance to design – sometimes for places and users we do not get to think about. It is a rewarding opportunity to face a challenge and develop new design perspectives as a result."

2nd prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Keremcan Kirilmaz and Erdem Batirbek from Turkey!

"The architecture competitions allow the possibility to take the design process to a level where experimentation and speculation become problem solving strategies in a creative and unconventional way. This is the perfect venue for telling a story through architecture."

1st and Student prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Fernando Irizarry, Marcos Ortiz and Gabriel Rivera from Puerto Rico!

"Nat saw the call for this competition one day, and it appeared to us all as a great opportunity to sharpen our innovation and designing skills. Besides, we always want to work together in some challenging project. Since everybody is now in Bangkok, so we knew this competition is a great chance for us to brainstorm and to do something stimulating."

"We had this idea before we participated in this competition and think our idea is suitable for this competition. During the project, we deepened and furthered our idea. Of course, we faced many challenges, but finally overcome them.
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3rd and Student prize winners

HONG KONG PIXEL HOMES competition:

Yukang Yang and Jingwen Cui from China!

"We enjoy the research dimension of vision competitions because it is a field where we can experiment new ideas. It is finally a way to continue to express ourselves as young architects."

2nd prize winners

HONG KONG PIXEL HOMES competition:

Maria Fernandez and François Chantier from France!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that it builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

"The ability to confront ideas is really significant. Nowadays, we have an unique chance to compare our level to participants’. Architecture vision competitions are known for being a great motivation to start brainstorming and conceptual thinking."

"We believe, that attending architecture competitions can be a great opportunity to showcase your ideas and visions to a wider audience and broaden your own knowledge and- gain experience. We are also defending our bachelor degree with this project as our final work, which is the initial reason and motive for us to participate in this competition. We had an explicit program set for us, thus, it was easier to handle the work process, having a clear task and a rigorous goal to achieve."

3rd prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Valdone Mitkeviciute and Greta Prialgauskaite from Lithuania!

"It is simple: it stimulates us. It allows you to experiment, to test your ideas and to refine them. It is the occasion to take a rough idea and to perfect it in an analogical context with the reality. And also for the liberty of expression of this idea, without any constraints."

 

2nd and Student prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Onea Ioana Alexandra, Nistor Raluca, Hirleata Stefania Daniela and Tirca Radu George from Romania!

"We find architecture vision competitions a great opportunity to get in touch not only with our creative potentialities, but also with awareness of the reality and demands of the present-day. It is a great challenge where future and young architects like us can practice to work independently, while having the pleasure to choose projects that really inspire them. These conditions generate an occasion to bring out the best results of young designers while enjoying the creative process as well."

1st prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa and Tuana Yıldız from Italy!

"Architecture design competitions are a wonderful way of communicating your ideas and visions to a larger audience. For a small team from a small developing country like ours, it is very difficult to reach out to a larger audience by any other means."

"It is fundamental, for us as a design firm, to participate in these types of competitions because it opens plenty of opportunities: it gives us a global vision of the architecture needs, it provides a bigger understanding of the importance of function and creativity and last but not least, it adds work experience to our office."

"The current cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine form an approach which is far from modern architecture samples. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture, be in the context, and keep up with its development."

"We always look to participate in the debate about the spatial tasks at hand. We do this to sharpen our minds and to meet people who want to work with us on exciting projects. "

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Hans Maarten Wikkerink from United States!

"It is always enjoyable to share a variety of ideas and see how other applicants came up with all different design options, so that I could broaden my perspective."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Chang Kyu Lee and Beomki Lee from United States!

 

"To explore new futures for architecture."

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Seth McDowell from United States!

"Architectural vision competitions are an impetus for the flight of imagination that has potential to land on the ground with the appearance of something helpful, solid and appealing. It is the opportunity to create without seeing the competitors (who are also enormously empowered) which then you overcome and become stronger by yourself."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Ksenia Chernobrovtseva and Petar Petricevic from United States!

"It is important to question. Too often, standardized practices or routines blind us from potential inquiries. While it is not helpful to re-invent the wheel, I find that architecture vision competitions to be a necessary freedom from this daily reality. In that freedom, it is truly possible to consider anything, and these unbiased visions I feel are essential in realizing our potential."

Green award winner

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"Architecture vision competitions are very stimulating, especially for students, offering an open space for sharing ideas from all over the world. I cannot think of a better way of learning, discovering new perspectives and ways of thinking a reality. Furthermore, they are one of the best incentives to test ourselves and improve. In addition, I personally took part in this competition because I found that the possibility of getting an internship in North America is worth the effort."

Rising Star award winner

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Antonio González Viegas from Spain!

"We want to encounter more design opportunities, and make our works visible."

3rd prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Liyang Chen and Yao Zheng from China!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that is builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

1st prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow from USA!

"The way we see it, these competitions are a great way to try new things out. Their informal nature allows us to experiment with the way we design, work and collaborate. They also provide a platform to broadcast our ideas to a bigger audience."

2nd prize, BB Student award and BB Green award winners

KIP ISLAND AUDITORIUM competition:

Deyan Saev and Panayiotis Hadjisergis from Netherlands!

"We enjoy participating in Architectural Competitions as we see them as a healthy, refreshing way of putting our ideas out in the open, and a constant stimulus to move forward from from what we have already accomplished within our realm."

"Because it’s an opportunity to dream big, to find new solutions for a particular problem and to improve my architectural and communication skills. Basically, to keep on learning."

3rd prize winner

“Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality” competition:

Paolo Zurk from Colombia!

"International competitions propose original and actual topics. Participating in an architecture vision competition is a good exercise to develop new skills, design processes and learn of the problems around the world."

3rd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Alessandro Carrea and Djavan Cardona from Switzerland!

"Competition is in itself a challenge that is both exciting and capable to trigger creative processes. We believe this might be a combination that can lead to an interesting project."

2nd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Jacopo Abbate and Martina Mitrovic from Italy!

"Competitions for us are a way to test out creativity, where we are able to respond to a specific design brief in the way in which we find fit, using it as time to research and push forward thinking in the office and develop collaboration. Above all it challenges us and in doing so it forces us to evolve. "

"Participate in architecture vision competitions seems to me to be a good way to practice architecture, its spatialities and its concepts without too many constraints related to the architect profession."

2nd prize winner

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Morgan Baufils from France!

"An architecture vision competition make us go to the essence of an idea, we have to translate it as directly as we can. It can also provoque a dialog without imposing a constructed reality. A building must not be only one man’s or team’s work, but the result of a long process which includes differents actors. A competition is only the first step."

1st prize and Student Award winners

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Agathe Sautet, Clara Berthaud and Matthieu Friedli from Switzerland!

"Architecture vision competitions provide a platform that allows the greatest flow of creativity and imagination. It allows architects to dream big and to spread their ideas to a global audience. The social sphere of the competitions encourages the intermingling of ideas across the world."

3rd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn from Canada!

"The competition gives an impulse to search for new approaches to architecture. It is a way to express our commitment to humanistic ideas and an active professional attitude to architecture. This attitude gives guidelines for design of rational structures and sensible spaces throughout free search and common sense."

2nd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evgeniy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov from Russian Federation!

"The participation to contests comes from the will to report with different ideas and ways to think about architecture. The contests allows you to investigate and address different issues, putting you constantly in a challenge. It is a processing project tool. It is a way to implement your project capacity, thanks to a constant confrontation with other project outcomes."

1st prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Gino Baldi and Serena Comi from Italy!

"Architecture visions competitions create a platform for us to work through design problems that really enable us explore the potential of what architecture can be. It's part of trying to understand and develop what techniques and sensibilities work for us, and to develop our design identity. For us, these kinds of competitions create a space for that kind of exploration."

3rd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Sheehan Wachter and Cruz Crawford (Uburgo Design)from United States!

"We like competitions because we can work from the beginning. Almost always the start of a journey is better than the return. To develop an idea and take it though until the end without losing it during the trip, is very easy in this type of competition and it attracts us especially. In this case we participate because the opportunity represents a taboo subject for society, policy and the law; addressing this taboo subject with the tool of architectural."

2nd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Albert Pla, Joan Pau Albertí and Héctor Durán from Spain!

"We believe architecture visionary competitions are very much in touch with current social affairs. By participating in these competitions, we can stay in tune with world events and maintain our high design enthusiasm level."

1st prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

I-Ting Chuang, Jing-Yao Lin, Takanori Kodama, Yu Han Wu from Taiwan!

"Architecture should be a unity of what’s rational and functional, with what’s sensual and beautiful. I think that modern construction developments reflect the creative possibilities of people. So for me, being a young architect, architecture is also a challenge."

3rd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Michał Daniszewski from Poland!

"I enter about 1-2 architecture vision competitions each year to actively refine my skill sets. Often in our daily jobs we find our ways toward paths of increasing specialization. Competitions are a way to explore the breadth of the field. Especially in regard to teaching, I feel it is important to continue to push yourself and think critically, and the architectural competition is a framework to do that."

2nd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"It is a great chance to propose your vision on a particular problem, to put your ideas out there, and get feedback from a range of high - profile jurors. We don't really ever stop. It's important for us to continue learning, with every competition or project, we always aim to develop our skills in something we have never done, or even with a new software have never used."

1st prize winners

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Shaun McCallum and Aleksandra Belitskaja from United Kingdom!

"Because competitions give the architect a very uncommon and unsafe freedom where a dialogue is initiated, not with clients or investors, but with themselves, working as a kind of exorcism where his passions, obsessions, fears, whims... come to light. Competitions help us to know ourselves better."

"The Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion competition was too interesting to let us pass up doing it. Because we’ve never had freedom of speech, it’s very difficult for us to solve these problems. How to emphasis the importance of freedom of speech? Should the pavilion be light or heavy? Finally, I let the contradiction and paradox coexist, just like the “conflict” in movie’s play. Therefore, the interests and challenges are the wave that pushes us ahead."

2nd prize winners

CHARLIE HEBDO PORTABLE PAVILION competition:

Shuzhi Yang, Liwei Yu and Yupeng He from China!

"We participate in architecture competitions in order to be part of something greater than ourselves, whether we are working with each other as a team, competing with other designers, or exploring the collective ideas. We love how the boundaries of ideas can be pushed by the collective, beyond any limits that we could individually have conceived."

3rd prize winners

Bangkok Artists Retreat competition:

Win Rojanastien, Nuttapol Techopitch and Satavee Kijsanayotin from Thailand!

"This competition gave me an opportunity to build my imagination about architecture in a basic and original way."

1st prize winner

BANGKOK ARTISTS RETREAT competition:

Quyet Tien NGO from Vietnam!

"Architecture vision competitions give us the possibility to concentrate our attention on ideas, wishes and values of the projects, keeping alive the creativity."

3rd prize winners

Baltic Way Memorial competition:

Federico Malnati and Thomas Giuliani from Switzerland!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions because of the above! It offers the unique chance to use architecture to uncover the potential of a site and program. Competitions allow us to escape from the ordinary settings and imagine something extraordinary."

1st prize winners

BALTIC WAY MEMORIAL competition:

Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan from United States!

"Since graduating I have yet to find a job, and I didn't want my skills to get rusty so I decided to enter competitions as a source of income and portfolio filler. Also, the freedom to pursue my own ideas. This project was a first for me in that I had literally zero outside input. No professors, friends or colleagues bounce ideas off of was interesting to say the least."

3rd prize winner

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

 Cameron Kollath from United States!

"We participate in competitions primarily to test ideas, and challenge ourselves against others through the competition format. We also use them to help hone our drawing and communication skills; this is important when teaching our students. The Architecture Vision organisation sets provocative and engaging briefs that are interesting to undertake."

2nd prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Paul Jones and Chris Brown from United Kingdom!

"Participation in architecture vision competitions for me is a good way to finding new answers for exciting problems in my context and a suitable direction to creating and detecting my own architecture language."

1st prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Nima Nian and Behdad Heydari from Iran!

"Instead of a vicious competition, we attempt to make room for productive discourse via proposition made in an arena set for architects and designers."

2nd prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Ka Leung Yuen and Sze Kwan Wan from United states!

"Learning to improve, practice with ideal."

1st prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Yu Sun and Xue Zhao from China! 

"Architecture vision competitions ventilate and allow the mind to look for new technologies and ideas. You can learn from people of different specialties about topics that apparently seem distant and unattainable. Technological visions advance our ability to serve local communities"

"Architecture competitions give us a great opportunity to do something different from the daily work routine, still being engaged in our favorite occupation, experimenting and developing our skills. It is also quite challenging to compete with architects from all over the world, comparing different solutions and learning new approaches. No doubt, you will improve, even if you don't win."

1st prize winners

BANGKOK FASHION HUB competition:

Pugachenko Ilya, Aniskova Alla and Saiko Andrei from Russia!

"We did the competition to stay fresh and for the fun of it."

2nd prize winners

RED SQUARE TOLERANCE PAVILION competition:

Ida Sandvik and Mesi Koponen from Norway!

"We believe that participation in architecture competitions can create many great opportunities, especially for students. The basic and fair answer stands behind our personalities and is linked with our passion about architecture and the chance to challenge yourself. Architectural competitions are a great chance to improve many of your skills, to widen your knowledge and express your creativity. You can also learn how to work as part of a team and how to use your unique qualities to complete one project."

2nd and Student prize winners

MICROHOME 2019 competition:

Bilyana Apostolova and Slavena Todorova from Bulgaria!

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