International Architecture Competition

Cambodia
Remote Hideout
Huts

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Cambodia 
Remote Hideout
Huts

Official Partners

Cambodia 
Remote Hideout
Huts Cambodia 
Remote Hideout
Huts

The Cambodia Remote Hideout Huts competition is part of Bee Breeders’ small-scale competition series, run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ What is Small Scale Architecture? publication and in collaboration with The Vine Retreat – a rural health and wellness retreat located on the south coast of Cambodia. Participants were asked to design a prototype ‘hideout hut’ to be adapted to multiple locations throughout The Vine Retreat’s lush, mountainside site. Winning submissions will be considered for construction.

As part of Bee Breeders’ drive to generate innovative, sustainable solutions for small-scale projects, its partnership with The Vine Retreat – a well-known Cambodian ecotourism destination – sought proposals focused on eco-friendly, cost-effective construction techniques, with the potential to become landmarks of green building practice.

The competition brief asked that hut designs accommodate two people for a short stay. The huts are to offer guests both a means for individual privacy, as well as community-based living. The jury panel focused on selecting proposals with strong, clear concepts that made use of natural materials and could be adapted to a variety of locations on site.

Bee Breeders collaborated with an excellent team of jury members from Cambodia and abroad, with a wide range of experience in sustainable projects, building with local materials, or portfolios of successfully completed small-scale projects of a similar nature. The full jury panel included: David Cole, leader of collaborative design practice Atelier COLE, located in Phnom Penh; Vichera Heang, head of the Department of Architecture at Paragon International University in Phnom Penh; Rok Oman, co-founder of OFIS architects, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Paris, France; Chris Precht of Studio Precht based in Salzburg, Austria, who has worked on projects that range from ecological high-rises, to bamboo buildings; Sean Shen, Xuanru Chen, and Yu-Ying Tsai, all lead architects at Shanghai-based ZJJZ Atelier; and Magic Kwan and Kenrick Wong of Orient Occident Atelier, a Cambodian architectural studio.

Bee Breeders, The Vine Retreat, and the competition jury panel would like to thank each of the participants for their outstanding proposals.


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1st Prize Winner

Project name

Outside In

Authors

Douglas Lee
Yee foo (Vincent) Lai
Xiaokang Feng

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We take conversational ideas seriously. With our diverse backgrounds and inquisitive mind to design, we tend to generate many ideas, and some are just purely on a conversational level. It is precisely this spontaneity and novelty that is worth exploring further in a rigorous competition setting.

Jury commentary

Outside In draws from the traditional Cambodian Khmer housing type. Its form is simple but elegant – a square in plan that transforms gently into a pure circle at its apex. The structure is open to above for natural ventilation, as well as to permit daylight to meet the ground within, where a single central tree gives life to the interior. The jury writes, “This project focuses on the essence of space. The windowless facade separates the space from the distractions of the outside world. In this way, maybe it's a built metaphor for 2020. The view connects one to the sky and to the hope of better days ahead. It's simple, beautiful, but also radical. Pure poetry.” It was also commended as “far and above the best submission in terms of a design idea that meets the aims of the brief and expresses appreciation of local material and vernacular.” The jury was impressed by the quality of the drawings and presentation, but it recommends the design of the raised platform and gravel rain bed be further finessed. The 'inside-out' concept and meditational environment are appropriately executed, encouraging the visitor to ponder nature in private.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

of Mind and Space

Authors

Bachir Benkirane
Megi Davitidze

Morocco

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We are both working and attending school which can get overwhelming and limiting at times. Choosing our competitions allows us to escape our pragmatic daily routine, is a way to exercise our minds, and acts as a platform to test our ideas. Competitions are also challenges that give us the opportunity to work on different scales and discover diverse locations.

Jury commentary

Of Mind and Space presents a top-lit, thatched conical roof, set on a central structure so that it seemingly levitates above the ground. The space is divided vertically into two stacked components, so that guests can enjoy the open-air visibility to the surrounding site at ground level and remain privately enclosed while in the bed above, with views of the sky through a central skylight. The jury cites the project as well-structured with a simple, efficient concept, and a strong plan and section that is functional and flexible. The jury writes, “The representation is elegant. The design boldly minimizes the dwelling space to enhance the special experience of being connected with nature.” The presentation includes a poem paired with various daytime and nighttime images of what one might view through the skylight. The model imagery uses basic materials to describe a design that is intentionally raw yet equally poetic.  

3rd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

RATTAN HOUSE

Authors

Josephine Simon
Anne Whitsel

University

Washington university in st. louis
+124 points!

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

This competition led our team through an exciting and rigorous design exercise. Architecture competitions are conducive to remote learning and helped us remain engaged during the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we explored design problems outside of the traditional architectural setting and within a unique cultural context.

Jury commentary

Rattan House presents a hive-shaped hut, comprising stacked rings of bamboo strips tied to existing trees on site, which serve as the principal structure. This project impresses with its unique approach and a form that truly corresponds with its surroundings. According to the jury, “'One with nature' is taken literally, and the beauty of nature is carried within the center of the project. A real tree-hugger.” It’s buildability is questioned, as major structural issues – how the floor plate can be supported by the tree trunk, and how the interior wall is supported – need further resolution. The floor plate material and structural thickness are also not convincing, though workable solutions could certainly be found. It is a strong proposal with an attractive, organic form.  

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

The Outlook

Authors

Lea Stagno
Toru Okada

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competitions are a great opportunity to exercise creative freedom and regain a sense of autonomy and ownership over our work. As working professionals, diverse competition projects are a great luxury. They allows us to try our hands in projects with unique challenges and social missions that we don’t normally get to experience. Lastly, if we win, it is a great way to get our name “out there” and potentially have our project built.
Clients Favorite

Project name

Tbanh Huts

Authors

Kevin Sánchez
Andrea Márquez
Jesús Curiel
Mairim Aguilar

Company

129st.co

Venezuela

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

This is the first time we participate in an international architecture competition. We got really attracted to this particular project, because we saw it as an opportunity to work in a project that required the kind of knowledge we’ve acquired during our career as architects, which we usually don’t get a chance to use working as freelancers. Also, we saw it as a way to show our work to a bigger audience and make our little contribution to the world.

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

LOTUS HUT

University

Ensa nantes
+72 points!

Country

France

Project authors

Matteo Dalat
Léa Simonet
Hugo Marie

Project Name

The Hut of Tangible Emptiness

University

University college london
+72 points!

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Polina Morova
Angelina Yashkevich
Dmitriy Popov

Project Name

Personal Temple

University

Bartlett school of architecture, ucl
+72 points!

Country

Malaysia

Project authors

Kaizer Hud
Zoe zhi wee Tam

Project Name

Vein within Vine: A Temporary Stop for Zhou Daguan

University

University of indonesia
+72 points!

Country

Indonesia

Project authors

Salmahira Lazuardi
Abdul Aziz
Alief Brahmarizky Roseno

Project Name

Sngat

Country

France

Project authors

Johann Evin

Project Name

Panoramic Pavilion

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Brendan James Cooney
Luna Perschl
Svanta Karlsson

Shortlisted projects

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

United States

Washington University in St. Louis , WUSTL

+124 points!
josephine simon
anne whitsel

Italy

University of Camerino (UNICAM) , Unicam - Università di Camerino

+22 points!
andrea bassetti

Morocco

bachir benkirane
megi davitidze

France

School of Architecture of Nantes, ENSA NANTES, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes

+72 points!
matteo dalat
léa simonet
hugo marie

United States

SCIT, Southern California Institute of Technology

+22 points!
aditya jagdale
yu qing ma

Poland

Warsaw University of Technology , Politechnika Warszawska

+22 points!
franciszek przepiórka
edyta kaszuba
maria mitrzak
zuzanna bednarska

United Kingdom

University of Liverpool

+22 points!
sonja losonci johnson
karolina adamiec

Indonesia

University of Indonesia

+72 points!
salmahira lazuardi
abdul aziz
alief brahmarizky roseno

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
sara lilla pinter
lehel heim
szilard suba-faluvegi

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
markus maasing
siim tanel tonisson

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
albert manhertz
norbert takacs
beata bocska

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
eszter kaderjak
csenge jolan kiraly

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
kazmer domokos
dorottya kery
aron kovács

Hungary

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

+22 points!
abel laki
julia gunther
eszter reti

Russian Federation

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University College London

+72 points!
polina morova
angelina yashkevich
dmitriy popov

France

ENSA - National School of Architecture of Versailles, Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles

+22 points!
laura lepesteur

United States

Indiana University

+22 points!
spencer wilson

United States

Indiana University

+22 points!
paul johnson

United States

Indiana University

+22 points!
wonsun choi

Philippines

jonathan campo
nicole rose tacneng

United States

douglas lee
yee foo (vincent) lai
xiaokang feng

Italy

alessandro michele altamura
carolina claudia lugni

Germany

franz oberschmid
christopher günther
frederik fandel

France

caroline jousset
marie le roy
jan feichtinger

United States

samuel bell-hart
rachel reinhard

Malaysia

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University College London

+72 points!
kaizer hud
zoe zhi wee tam

Cambodia

Niron studio

leakhena setha
vengseng chiv
sreynet tep

Venezuela

129st.co

kevin sánchez
andrea márquez
jesús curiel
mairim aguilar

Sweden

brendan james cooney
luna perschl
svanta karlsson
 

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