International Architecture Competition

Berlin
Techno Booth

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Foreword

Competition organisers

Berlin 
Techno Booth

The Berlin Techno Booth Competition is part of Bee Breeders’ Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement showcasing small projects that contain big ideas. Designers were tasked with proposing a temporary structure that, in light of the ongoing pandemic, could accommodate a single dancer, allowing them to dance and enjoy Berlin’s techno music in a socially-distanced fashion. The only constraint was that the structure has a maximum area of 4 m2.

Berlin club culture is a bedrock to the techno music establishment. Venues that were once locales for illegal raves have transformed into popular businesses known internationally for showcasing original interpretations of techno.

As with the majority of social venues around the world, techno clubs and raves have been forced by governments to shut their doors over the past two years in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This competition was a light-hearted initiative to generate new ideas for activating the streets of Berlin with techno music. While there were no specific requirements for design submissions, participants were encouraged to express their creativity through thoughtful and innovative design ideas.

Bee Breeders worked with an outstanding international jury of architects and street artists: Jürgen Mayer H., founding partner of Berlin-based J.MAYER.H und Partner; AKUT, Berlin-based urban contemporary artist and photographer; Dan Dorocic, member of design & architecture collective ON/OFF; Gonzalo Lopez, PhD candidate at Polytechnic University of Madrid and partner of knitknot architecture; Kerim Miskavi, architect and founder of Istanbul-based MAS – Miskavi Architecture Studio; Nicolas Sterling, and Elke Sterling-Presser, co-founders and Directors of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers in Berlin.

Bee Breeders and its jury panel would like to thank all the designers that participated in this competition.

1st Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Re-Unite

Authors

Zhifei Liang
Hantao Li
Yingqi Li

University

Architectural association school of architecture
+176 points!

United Kingdom

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Actively participating in competitions helps to broaden the mind and understand architecture from different perspectives. As students, it is particularly important because we easily stick to thinking in one way which is taught at school.

Jury commentary

Largely a favourite among the jurors, “Re-Unite" proposes a flexible, customisable structure inspired by scaffolding. It consists of triangular and square prototypes that can be wrapped in translucent fabric and expanded according to the needs and number of participants. The jury praised the proposal for the intelligence of its simple modularity and its sensitivity to both connectivity and separation. The jury writes, “The translucent fabric lets the silhouette be seen by the observer as a continuous curtain, but remains independent, separated by the vertical frames. Bodies are free to move while experiencing distancing. The strength of the project lies in the agglomeration of the individual, solitary units that generate collective forms, united by a shared interest of activity. It is a proposal that establishes references to the Occupy movement and informal/temporary settlements through the choice of materials, construction techniques, and collective use. The visualization is quite enticing in the way it occupies urban space while maintaining a grade of individualism.” The jury also commented that while the modular elements are simplistic and straightforward, they lack a layer of specificity that relates to techno music's audio-visual aspects. 

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

SNB-F1

Authors

Tevi Allan Mensah
Eugenie Palau

France

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Participating in architectural competitions is an opportunity to look back at our practice and philosophy. It showcases our work and the way we think.
 As students, we can escape from scholar or corporate projects. It gives us the freedom to venture into our very own obsessions.
 It sharpens the way we draw by testing alternative ways of representing architecture.
 Participating in architectural competitions is also constantly questioning urban and social problematics while seeking for the simplest answer. It is the chance for radical ideas.

Jury commentary

“snb-f1” (a name combining SFB radio with Funktion-One sound system) is a project for an autonomous and itinerant device dedicated to techno music inspired by French DJ Laurent Garnier who once described techno music as generated by “taking machines out of their context to make futuristic music with them.” The design comprises a scissor lift sandwiched by two digital advertising panels, allowing an individual to privately party inside while its envelope interacts at an urban level. According to the jury, “snb-f1 is a provocative proposal that takes into consideration the underground, hidden nature of Techno, and it explores the idea of a billboard that communicates to the exterior while hiding its main activity within. Although this concept could have been more developed, the use of the element of the screen, its portability, and its modularity are well-incorporated into the solution. The project’s flexibility of deployment is a great aspect; it innovatively uses existing infrastructures and machines from Berlin to create a whole new function. It's realizable and it's fun.”

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Invisible Bodies

Authors

Anna Morawek
Jannis Block
Laura Kettler

Germany

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It was our first collective participation in an architecture competition and, to be honest, we were only looking for a reason to work together on a project.

Jury commentary

‘Invisible Bodies’ is a proposal for a dance box that can be located throughout the city while remaining invisible, traced via mobile application. From the exterior, it is an anonymous structure clad in mirrors; the interior presents an intimate space enclosed by organic, soft shapes that are the colour of human skin. The jury comments, “‘Invisible Bodies’ is a poetic and original response to the brief. The title itself speaks to the contrasting experiences that one could observe during the pandemic: an absence in the city, and a bodily connection. The reference to the naked body suggests a return to the essential notions of human connection without any other artifice. The project represents and pictures an intimate inner experience and feeling.”

 

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

Tanzblock

Authors

Jackson Gaylord

University

Suny buffalo
+72 points!

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I enjoy the creative freedom that competitions give, as well as the diverse range of settings and scenarios that competitions can expose me to.

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Tesoro

Country

Argentina

Project authors

Joel Perez
Guido Picasso
Ignacio Cuenca
Manuel Bianchi

Project Name

UNSTABLE RHYTHMS

University

Centro de informatica cipsa
+72 points!

Country

Colombia

Project authors

Jessica Castellanos Espinosa
Andrés Forero Pinzón


Project Name

Techl

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Fabian De vriendt
Arnout Stevens
Mathias Spiessens

Project Name

EINZELGÄNGER

University

Universität kassel
+72 points!

Country

Germany

Project authors

Clemens Rapp
Fridtjof Schmidt
David leander Kaiser
Tim-henrik Ehmer

Project Name

The Ina Kraviz

University

Southern california institute of architecture
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Xinyi Ma
Shuang Feng

Project Name

BOOTH CITY SILENCE

University

Naba - nuova accademia di belle arti
+72 points!

Country

Italy

Project authors

Giorgia Martella

Shortlisted projects

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

Poland

lukasz harat
aleksandra kopeć

Colombia

CIPSA Escuela Informática SAP Marketing | Barcelona y Bilbao

+72 points!
jessica castellanos espinosa
andrés forero pinzón


Italy

martino pezzolla
manuel piscioneri

France

tevi allan mensah
eugenie palau

Switzerland

moser nicolas
ha quang anh
duong van khanh

Russian Federation

stanislav titov
olga fomina

United Kingdom

Reality is_

miles wagner
carola migliore

Mexico

mauricio valdes
enrique espinosa

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+72 points!
xinyi ma
shuang feng

Switzerland

Ecole D'architecture Swiss Design Center - Athenaeum , Swiss Design Center

+22 points!
camille garel

United Kingdom

Architectural Association School of Architecture

+176 points!
zhifei liang
hantao li
yingqi li

Mexico

patricio martínez

United States

University at Buffalo, SUNY The State University of New York

+72 points!
jackson gaylord

Netherlands

Genoom.io

tuur pluijmen
esteban cuenca

Germany

University of Kassel (Universität Kassel)

+72 points!
clemens rapp
fridtjof schmidt
david leander kaiser
tim-henrik ehmer

Italy

eduardo diglio
eleonora mannelli

Italy

New Academy of Fine Arts, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, NABA

+72 points!
giorgia martella

Mexico

david villegas
paula castel griño

Germany

burak bakö
ensar kaya

Portugal

The University of Évora, Universidade de Évora

+22 points!
paulo matos
gabriel mateus

France

Akken

nassim brouri

Austria

niklas nalbach
gilles muller

Poland

weronika kozak
natalia torbiarczyk
natalia szyszko
jakub chrząstek

Italy

lisa montanari
stefano camedda

Slovenia

tjasa plavec
urška uršič
rok bozic
katja orehek

Germany

anna morawek
jannis block
laura kettler

Canada

adam ghadi-delgado
gabriela hébert

Italy

andrea bosio
filippo serra

Turkey

melike beşik
yağmur ceren atay

United Kingdom

leon donald
syirr saripin

Brazil

amanda machado

Romania

anca-maria tudor
andra panait
tudor sabin lulciuc
maria-alexandra dumitriu

Spain

miguel prados sánchez
manuel prados sánchez

Canada

University of Waterloo

+22 points!
brian tien

Germany

sandra palau palacio
covadonga cueto-felgueroso junquera
anamaria crisan

United States

jean jaminet
josh myers

Argentina

joel perez
guido picasso
ignacio cuenca
manuel bianchi

Belgium

fabian de vriendt
arnout stevens
mathias spiessens

United Kingdom

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University College London

+22 points!
alex kolar
 

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