Foreword

‘Brutalist’ architecture, despite the type’s significance to the study of building design, has drawn a great amount of criticism since its appearance in the mid-20th century.

From the United States to Europe to Asia, many examples of Brutalist buildings face demolition, having reached an end to their original lifespans and requiring major renovations. Some owners cite the difficulties of adapting these structures to new programmatic or functional needs. Others simply demand the removal of these buildings due to their ‘inhuman’ nature and lack of transparency, claiming them as eyesores to their communities in both urban and suburban settings. There are instances, though, of Brutalist buildings having been successfully overhauled and restored.

This competition sought new ideas for this practice, focusing specifically on an abandoned apartment block in Liepaja, Latvia, a Russian and Soviet-influenced port city on the Baltic Sea, and a region that is home to many such buildings. Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers and its partners in the municipality of Liepaja would like to thank those who participated in this design competition.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Brutalist Facelift

1st Prize Winner

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Author Ilana Simhon
Country United States

2nd Prize Winner

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Author Joanna Burton
Country Spain

3rd Prize Winner

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Authors Emily Kutil, Jordan Hicks
Country United States

Honorable Mentions

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Authors Ayesha Moghal, Joseph Yau
Country Canada
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Authors Thomas Ugo Ermacora, Tere Garcia Alcaraz, James W Brady
Country United Kingdom
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Authors Larisa Ratoi, Alexandru Oprita, Laurentiu Constantin
Country Romania
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Author Lucía Martínez
Country Spain
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Author Anna Rita Emili
Country Italy
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Authors Marco Corazza, Alessandra D'Apolito, Vincenzo Di Salvia, Simona D'Apolito
Country Italy