INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

Humble Architecture:
Everest Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Humble Architecture:
Everest Challenge

Bee Breeders Competition Organisers is excited to announce the results of its Humble Architecture: Everest Challenge!

The Humble Architecture competition series seeks designs for toilet facilities that could improve the lives of their users and consider the highest environmental standards for their sites. This first event tasked participants with designing sustainable toilet facilities on Mount Everest - a remote location with a harsh climate that sees many visitors, but is programmed with limited waste facilities.

Bee Breeders and its jury panel sought designs fitting for this unique site that are cost-effective, resistant to heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind, environmentally responsible and energy-efficient, low maintenance in terms of effort and costs, and considered the limited road access for construction or installation.

The jury panel for this event consisted of: Diego Baraona, founder of the Chilean architecture office DBAA - Diego Baraona Arquitectos y Asociados; Martin Beverfjord,  co-founder of Oslo-based Rever & Drage, whose portfolio includes a triangular, aluminum toilet near the Farstadsanden beach on the west coast of Norway on one of the country's national scenic tourist routes; Greg Corso of Syracuse NY-based SPORTS Collaborative and Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, School of Architecture; Gonçalo Marrote, an architect and CEO at Madeiguincho, based in Cascais, Portugal and known for its merger of carpentry, architecture and art; Stephen Pimbley, the founding director of SPARK Architects, which has developed an easily transportable 3d printed toilet module in support of the UN initiative to combat open defecation and the associated issues of hygiene and sanitation in India; Angelo Renna, an architect that recently published the book Monkey Factor – Small stories for a reconciliation with nature; and Erik “Rick” Sommerfeld, an Architect, Assistant Professor and the Director of ColoradoBuildingWorkshop, the design-build program at the University of Colorado Denver, which annually designs and constructs a small-scale project such as that for a toilet in Rocky Mountain National Park.

We thank the participants for contributing their excellent design ideas, and congratulate the winning submissions for their thoughtfulness and innovation.

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

THE PEAK

University

Vilnius academy of arts

Country

Lithuania

Project authors

Aurelija Kniukštaitė
Jonė Virbickaitė
Kotryna Bajorinaitė
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+222 POINTS

jury commentary

The Peak seeks to create a closed cycle for water use. Its round elegant shape blends with the panoramic views from the mountains and resists snow loads. The technology of a Nano membrane decomposes human waste and produces water in this process, returning the water to nature without the need for an energy source.  According to the jury, "A fascinating proposal with a solution to treat the human waste directly on-site using the nano-filtration system. The wooden structure places this object well within its context. The simple arresting form has a small footprint,is  easy to duplicate, is relatively sustainable, and can be prefabricated. The thoughtful materiality, transportability, and structural understanding makes this proposal standout. It is graphically clear and beautifully presented.”

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Cairns

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

John Clayson
Andrei Dinu

jury commentary

Cairns proposes a modular system made from aircrete - a lightweight and sustainable form of concrete. These molded building blocks can be carried by mountaineers to the desired location, reducing the need for any major means of transport for installation or construction. Once built, inside it includes a mesh seat and simple bag for waste disposal. The jury writes, “The idea of the toilet bag is clever and gives the person who is using the toilet the responsibility to take care of his or her own waste. The proposal offers a robust solution for a shelter combined with a simple and credible way to handle human waste. The presentation is very inviting. The solution can be strengthened by using the construction technique as shown in other proposals, using gabions filled with stone from the site.”

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Crests

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Jean Trottet
Stefano Teker

jury commentary

The proposal Crest takes inspiration from tents and other shelters made for extreme conditions, with a metal base structure wrapped in lightweight fabric * in this case, dramatically cantilevered off the edge of the mountainous site’s steep topography. Waste is collected in biodegradable bags placed in bins removed from the mountain at intervals, where they are fed into a biogas plant also proposed as part of the solution. The jury writes; “Crest is poetic, and is a light touch on the terrain, given its need to be strong enough to withstand winds. It can also be made smaller without losing its quality."

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

SEASONS

Country

France

Project authors

Guillaume de Pontaud
Zoé Bouillet

Project Name

The Healer Beyond the Clouds

Country

United States

Project authors

Mingshan Fang

Project Name

EVER-REST

University

University of hawaiʻi at mānoa

Country

United States

Project authors

Irish Feryle Barruga
Elenie Joyce Pagtulingan
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+72 POINTS

Project Name

PITSTOP

Country

Australia

Project authors

Shrijan Pradhan
Mitchell Coenraads
Mikhail Singh

Project Name

ARK

University

Darmstadt university of applied sciences (hochschule darmstadt)

Country

Germany

Project authors

Xian Zhu
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+72 POINTS

Project Name

PorterLoo

Company

Arête architects ltd.

Country

New Zealand

Project authors

Sam Brown
Eva Albiston
Pete Taylor

Shortlisted projects

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Canada

ho kong yung

Hungary

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem)

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+2 POINTS
adam salacz

Russian Federation

irina kartun
alika son
aleksandra krasheninnikova

South Korea

Korea University

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+2 POINTS
hyunwoo kim
yumin lee
byunghoo kim

Switzerland

simon flückiger

United States

chang yuan max hsu

New Zealand

oliver jordan

United Kingdom

joe myerscough
ryan lawlor

South Korea

Korea University

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+2 POINTS
youna lee
hyunjin lee
eugene shim

United States

Do good shit

thor retzlaff
coby vardy
tenzing sherpa

United States

mingshan fang

Canada

donny xie

United States

jeff schaefer

United Kingdom

john clayson
andrei dinu

Czech Republic

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Umprum (Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová))

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+2 POINTS
hana turnovská
mariana chavikova

Germany

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Darmstadt)

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+72 POINTS
xian zhu

France

ENSAS - Strasbourg National School of Architecture, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg

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+2 POINTS
clémence gavel
kenza stiki
coraline naturel

Belgium

jean trottet
stefano teker

Ukraine

kateryna cherednyk

United States

daniel cano

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
jannah lyn dela cruz

China

Syracuse University

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+2 POINTS
yifan shen

Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Arts

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+222 POINTS
aurelija kniukštaitė
jonė virbickaitė
kotryna bajorinaitė

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
hannah angelika valencia

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
john carlos buted

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
eleonor lomboy
liezel ballesteros

Australia

shrijan pradhan
mitchell coenraads
mikhail singh

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
jeanette lei julian
sukhyun hong

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
ah lam lee

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
aidan brown

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+72 POINTS
irish feryle barruga
elenie joyce pagtulingan

United States

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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+2 POINTS
marcus freeman

Brazil

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, The Mackenzie Presbyterian University

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+2 POINTS
paulo henrique saliby
antonio carmagnani

Italy

University of Trento / Università degli Studi di Trento

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+2 POINTS
gianmarco biasin

United Kingdom

University of Bath

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+2 POINTS
han kong
peilin liao

Brazil

joão moraes
dario uriah

Switzerland

maxime gaillard
bruno palak

New Zealand

Arête architects ltd.

sam brown
eva albiston
pete taylor

France

guillaume de pontaud
zoé bouillet
 

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