Foreword

Buildner is excited to share the results of its Home of Shadows Competition!

For this international event, participants were asked to design a home for a hypothetical couple with just one rule - there can be no artificial light within the home. The jury sought designs that effectively, innovatively and emotionally studied how natural light might influence and shape built space.

Buildner collaborated with an experienced international jury of architects that included: Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier and Yves Pasquet of FREAKS Architecture, a Paris-based architecture practice; Yu-Hsiang Fu is the Founder and Design Director of New York and Taipei based fws_work, an interior, branding and furniture design company whose recent project “Residence W” received Architizer A+ Awards and Dezeen Awards; Robert Hutchison of Robert Hutchison Architecture is a practitioner, researcher, and educator whose interests and practice overlap the fields of architecture, art and photography; Patcharada Inplang and Thongchai Chansamak are the founders of Chiangmai, Thailand-based Sher Maker; Flora Lee is an Associate Partner of MAD Architects who has helped develop and realize a number of MAD’s major international projects, including the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles; Geoff Nees is a Melbourne based artist and curator with over 20 years of professional practice with a cross-disciplinary approach; Peter Newman is a London-based British artist working in a variety of media to make artworks exploring a human relationship to space and modernity; Aleksander Saša Ostan is a practicing architect and urban planner who runs the office Atelier Ostan Pavlin in Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Wu Ziye is co-founder of Nanjing, China-based Mix Architecture and Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Buildner and its jury panel would like to thank each participating team for submitting their ideas and for sharing their exemplary graphic and communication techniques!

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
The Home of 
Shadows

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Shadow and Shade

You have the opportunity to challenge yourself to the maximum, refining and sharpening your skills, from the inception of the idea to the most expressive and honest way of conveying it. I have always believed that the anonymity offered by international architecture competitions is extremely important. Your situation or origin no longer matter; only your skills matter, and that, in my opinion, is a very beautiful and valuable thing. Additionally, I believe that by participating in and winning international competitions, I can inspire my students to do the same. Some of the best experiences in my career as an architect have emerged from competition-related circumstances, whether it's internships, masterclasses, collaboration offers, or simply interacting and learning from other architects around the world. Lastly, but certainly not least, I participate because it brings me great joy. I simply love doing it.

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Author Maria Tîlvescu Nicula
Country Romania
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 10/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • 6/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 10/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10 Quality of overall presentation

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Tuna

Architectural skills provide us with the opportunity to consistently exercise high levels of conceptualization for a project. Based on the results we achieve in a competition, we can identify areas for improvement and necessary changes to refine both the project itself and its presentation format.

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Authors Rodrigo Galvez, Estefania Miralles
Country Guatemala
  • 8/10 Linework
  • 8/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 8/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 7/10 Annotation
  • 6/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 8/10 Quality of overall presentation

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

The Circadian House

We enjoy participating in architecture competitions because, to us, it feels like play. Regardless of the outcome, it is a wonderful experience to derive joy from the process of designing, particularly as a group of close friends.

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Authors Irina Ivancu, Catinca Joita, Daniel Oancea
Country Romania
  • 8/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 10/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • 6/10 Annotation
  • 8/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD +
BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Light, House, Nomad

We have reviewed the notice on your site and become interested in the house without artificial light. After the development of artificial light, architectural forms have been simplified. Therefore, we believe that if a house does not rely on artificial light, it could potentially have a more creative and practical design to address the lighting challenge. We were intrigued by this concept.

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Authors Doyeob Woo, Gunhee Song, Seongmok Choi
Country South Korea
+122 points Buildner University Rankings
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 10/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 10/10 Annotation
  • 8/10 Text
  • 10/10 Clarity of story
  • 10/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10 Quality of overall presentation

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

The Starry Ring

Authors Xiangxian Lee, Jiayi Lee, Runzhe Gao
Country China
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
Project name

Lit Haven

Authors Frans Michael, Madeline Louis, Juan Nathanie Wilianto, Daniel
Country Indonesia
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
Project name

VALOISA COTTAGE

Authors Barbara Bruschi, Jade Näsi
Country Spain
Project name

Off the grid

Authors Jiayi Wu, Yi Xu, Ningyue Wang
Country United Kingdom
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
Project name

Casa Obscura

Country United States

Shortlisted projects

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Sundial House

Colin Fournier

Aidan Newsome

Yufan Zhang

Lorenz Kleemann

France

Dapple House

Alex Fown

Cayley Black

Canada

Chiaroscuro

Debora Di francesco

Doni Hallko

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

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Italy

Shadow and Shade

Maria Tîlvescu Nicula

Romania

THE SHADOW FILTER

Hyunjun Kim

Jihyung Kim

South Korea

The Circadian Home

Nolan Lodholz

United States

The Starry Ring

Xiangxian Lee

Jiayi Lee

Runzhe Gao

Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

Chinese cat house

Olga Skrbenska

Norway

Bowl of Shadow

Siying Liang

Elise Zhan

Yuanfeng Luo

Southeast University, China

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

In Conversation with Colour

Kimal Osman

Chinenye Chukwuka

Saalihah Kolia

Zubair Meeah

The University of Johannesburg

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
South Africa

Lit Haven

Frans Michael

Madeline Louis

Juan Nathanie Wilianto

Daniel

Tarumanagara University, Untar - Universitas Tarumanagara

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Indonesia

The Tide House

Zhaowei Lin

Qixuan Hu

Yurong Jin

Yu Lei

China

the luminous lifeline residence

Yitao Zhong

RuiJie Yan

ZiYang Han

Jieruo Zhang

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

Villa Solstice

Katja Teinilä

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Finland

Light, House, Nomad

Doyeob Woo

Gunhee Song

Seongmok Choi

South Korea

Off the grid

Jiayi Wu

Yi Xu

Ningyue Wang

Goldsmiths, University of London

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
United Kingdom

PIOUS DAWN

Ruoxin Tan

Jingzhi He

Jiayu Lu

United Kingdom

Light in Darkness - Darkness in Light

Ba hung Nguyen

Van Trung Bui

Hai Dang Tang

Khoi Nguyen Phuc Minh

Hanoi Architectural University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Vietnam

THE HOME OF SOMBRAS

Alexandru Ciubotaru

Wellington Franzao

Spain

Beyond Shelter

Hazem Elshafei

Ali El sabaawi

Daana Bolot

Netherlands

Following the Shadow

Thakan Navapakpilai

Lalinthip Maholarnkij

United States

A manifesto of time

Bhathara Prapunwattana

Pawiz Kaewstitpornchai

Phakaphong Karawek

Thailand

Hortus Luci

Klea Ott

Arthur Stepczynski

EPFL École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Switzerland

8:2 HOUSE

Sooyeon Jeong

Taeyeon Kim

United Kingdom

Casa Obscura

Jeremy Iannucci

United States

The shell: home of shadows by the seaside of Gdynia

Kinga Kopczyk

Sara Gorczyńska

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

THE BEAM OF LIGHT

Irina Melinte

andra urzica

liana gavrila

Romania

VEIL OF LIGHTS

Laura De la mata morales

Luis felipe Pérez villanueva

Spain

Gleam and silhouette

Youngil Kim

South Korea

Light Canyon

Julia Sielska

Gabriela Gustaw

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

Seeping Through

Delia Cuciurean

Romania

In ORBIT

Samuel Grandin karlsson

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Sweden

The Circadian House

Irina Ivancu

Catinca Joita

Daniel Oancea

Romania

Home in the Mountains

Hoa Vu

Vietnam

house for a clayworker

Jake Heffington

Emily Fiedler

Eli Simaan

United States

Tuna

Rodrigo Galvez

Estefania Miralles

Guatemala

Soft Box

Klara Johnsson

Emil Klaar

Frida Sandberg

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Sweden

SETTLEMENT

Seon jae Kim

JI WON KIM

South Korea

SUMMER CABIN FOR TWO ARTISTS

Ada Yildirim

Chris David Wang

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Italy

VALOISA COTTAGE

Barbara Bruschi

Jade Näsi

Spain