Architecture Competition Columbarium – The Chamber of Memories 1st and Clients Favourite prize winner – Christopher Taylor

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st and Client Favorite prize winner of our "Columbarium – The Chamber of Memories" competition – Christopher Taylor from South Africa!

Christopher Taylor from South Africa

OXX is a small architectural collective based in Cape Town, South Africa. It was founded during lockdown in 2020 on the idea of collaboration and uses design and research to expand on architectural space and form. The two founding partners both gained international experience, graduating with a Master’s in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and working for BIG in Copenhagen.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

The projects that we have recently involved ourselves with have been relatively small in scale and have mostly been competition entries, but we are always drawn to new programs that challenge our way of thinking about architecture and the spaces that make up the physical world around us.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

We view the practise of architecture as the pursuit of combining aesthetics and functionality. One cannot come before the other; they must remain in constant dialogue and inform one another. We are interested in an architecture where a simple idea informs the entire design and is carried through into its smallest details. An architecture that, once completed, gives greater value to its place rather than detracts from it. We find that buildings which are successful in the above points are normally the buildings that generate liveable and enjoyable spaces, able to survive throughout history.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We find it necessary to participate in architecture competitions as they offer a chance to exercise and challenge our design capability within a limited time frame. They can also provide a diverse and interesting array of briefs that are not normally on offer to us professionally.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Like any vocation, you can only advance your skills by putting them to practice and struggling through a problem, learning from mistakes and iterations along the way. Competitions provide the perfect place for this to happen, outside the realm of physical construction, but with some kind of reality attached to it. It's also very beneficial and interesting, once the results have been published, to see and compare the vast array of proposals all addressing the same brief and site that you were given.

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
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
Run repeatedly
Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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Run repeatedly
Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
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Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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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

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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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

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
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Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4

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