International Architecture Competition

Bangkok
Fashion Hub

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Bangkok 
Fashion Hub

Emerging from an unexpected context, the Bangkok Fashion Hub seeks to gather the local, regional, and international fashion communities in an active environment in the Thai capital. Part community center, part retail, part library, part school, part exhibition, and part public space, the diverse program calls for strong designers to weave together disparate functions into one strong concept.

Each entry was evaluated on a number of criteria, including but not limited to: strength and clarity of concept, originality, quality of presentation, response to urban context, and most importantly, its viability as a cultural fashion hub. While the concept of a "Fashion Hub" is vague and somewhat subjective, the judges placed particular focus on the architecture’s ability to invite the community inside via a spatially porous place that encourages unexpected visitors and chance encounters. As such, the fashion hub transcends beyond the fashion world to engage anyone passing through the neighbourhood, country, or region.

Competition results in media publications

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Ilya Pugachenko
Andrey Sayko
Alla Aniskova

jury commentary

This entry is striking as a floating ethereal presence on the site. It is clean and compact while also poetic and provocative. The choice for semi-transparency is both well-resolved and highly relevant in the context of fashion and textiles. The use of translucent polymer tubes as a stacking architectonic element presents both an innovative structural thesis as well as a poetic experience from both inside and outside the project. This envelope also reflects and reacts to the diverse program inside. Each portion of the façade is defined through the quantity of light desired, creating a unique gradient of translucency specific to each room function. Ultimately, the bundle of straws façade carries the potential for a provocative play of light within each space, evoking the sublimely airy work of artist Tara Donovan. To this end, as the visitor moves through a room, the light and view through the tubes would change with each step, establishing a subjective view in which no one space or view is exactly like another.

In addition to the central thesis of the façade, the spaces throughout are tidy and well-resolved. Although volumetrically simple, there are select moments throughout the project that allow for joy and exception. The triple-height library space, for example, is equally successful as a project within a project, poetically driving a triple-height core of books through the heart of the space. The semi-transparent façade also strengthens the runway space, in which we see a subtle reveal of the model’s silhouette before she emerges on the runway, thus venerating the central female figure of runway shows.

Finally, the project’s approach to context achieves a nice balance between the scale of the adjacent towers, train station, and multi-family residential. The rough volume as placed on site is a fitting size in order to participate in the city’s skyline while remaining elegant and light. Similarly, the choice to pull the building back from the street edge provides for some much-needed breathing room between the building and stacked street/train zone. The subtle yet beautiful play between the undulating roof terrace and ground floor public space provide two moments of respite from the rigidity of the structural tube system. The levitating volume is a symbolic and radiating entity, drawing people's curiosity and welcoming them through simple iconic entrances.


2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Malaysia

Project authors

Jun Hao Ong
Raphael Cheng

jury commentary

This entry, although quite loud at first glance, presents a clear and convincing argument for the flexibility of the fashion hub, claiming that at its core, it must grow and change with the varying program needs of the center. The flexibility of the space, implemented primarily through a large retractable platform in the center of the project, achieves the core concept of the task – to accommodate all kinds of people and all kinds of activities. Although flexibility is key to this approach, the focus on fashion remains equally strong throughout the presentation, evidenced particularly well through a series of axonometric diagrams showing the precise configurations for Bangkok fashion week, a textile symposium, and a local fashion marketplace.

As a subtle nod to traditional Thai building typologies, the ‘wat’ and ‘sala’ are used as a clever mechanism to establish program hierarchy, and successfully strike a balance between a closed object and an open hub. Evoking a contrast of solid and void, the wat and sala characterize the two sides of the fashion industry; one (solid) housing knowledge, craft and design, and the other (void) housing performance and exhibition, directed towards the public and consumer audience. This is formalized as the inside of the solid volumes of the prisms hosts activities such as class and conference rooms, studios, library, storage and services, while the remaining negative volume is a stage for public and open exhibitions, shows, and shops.

Also noteworthy is the project’s effortless and fluid connection between the street level, the interior public spaces, and the train platform level above. The judges were particularly convinced by the central atrium volume, in which several levels of weaving staircases provide a breathable knot of circulation through the heart of the project. Once again referencing the importance of spatial flexibility, this knot participates in an unconventional runway which snakes throughout the entire building, thus challenging the runway typology entirely. Rather than a platform extruded through a box, this project proposes a continuous loop through all levels and all spaces throughout the structure as a gesture to bring fashion closer to the people, rather than isolating it at the terminus of a poorly-frequented red carpet.


3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

France

Project authors

Quyet Tien Ngo
Mingbo Wang
Junwei Xie
Arnaud Rossocelo

jury commentary

This entry, in contrast to the majority of submissions, conceives of the project as a series of small volumes linked by an activated interstitial space, rather than as one towering object on site. As such, and coupled with the choice to use extruded house forms, it evokes the idea of a village or campus, thus establishing a strong and unique identity for the fashion hub. This exploration in interstitial space allows for a variety of experiences and views as one moves through the project, fulfilling its task as a community destination for both fashion lovers and laymen alike. This is reinforced with the ease and presence of access from both the street and train platform levels, resulting in a porous campus that welcomes unexpected visitors from many directions and levels. The choice to scatter smaller volumes throughout the site in favor of one large object also helps to mitigate the drastic change in scale between the adjacent towers, train station, and multi-family residential.

The brief yet convincing exploration into the climatic benefits of scattering compact forms around the site is also well-rooted in Thai vernacular architecture. Although loosely reminiscent of Herzog & de Meuron’s Vitrahaus, this project takes a deeper inspiration than most entries from Thai vernacular architecture, incorporating not only the abstracted form, but more importantly, traditional methods of climate mitigation. The sensitivity to local climate lends a richness to this project’s concept, and it is easy to imagine the interstitial space being comfortable throughout the year by incorporating shade and natural breezes. Although the design would present some clear structural challenges, the concept of a neighborhood within a neighborhood is convincing, and promises to be a vibrant hub for both fashion and non-fashion community activity.


Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Hong Kong

Project authors

Chun Wai Charles Lai
Takehiko Suzuki
Doyeon Cho

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Canada

Project authors

John Gaitan

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Uruguay

Project authors

Pablo Bodega
Guillermo Piedrafita
Leandro Villalba
Luis Quintano

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Thailand

Project authors

Pattra Khoirangub

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Japan

Project authors

Jianing Xu
Yukiko Idei

Project Name

Bangkok Fashion Hub

Country

Italy

Project authors

Santi Musmeci
Sebastiano Maccarrone
Paola Simoncelli
Daniele Verducci

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08

Reccuring architecture competitions

Run repeatedly
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
Register now
Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
Register now
Run repeatedly
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
Register now
Run repeatedly
Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
Register now

Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
Register now
T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt / July 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 1,000 € Monthly
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 07
Jul 20
Jul 31
Register now

Please enter your email address to receive download link

Thank you!

The download link will be sent to your email shortly

please check the spam folder
in case you can not find it
OK

Competition results

MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #2 (2020)
Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
This website uses cookies for enhancing the user experience and tracking usage statistics.
More information is available in our Privacy Policy.