Architecture competition "Irish Cult Music Venue" 1st prize winners - Ian O’Brien, Enrique García Blázquez and Oliver James

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the 1st prize of our “Irish Cult Music Venue” competition - Ian O’Brien, Enrique García Blázquez and Oliver James from United Kingdom!

Ian O’Brien, Oliver James and Enrique Garcia Blazquez from United Kingdom

Company background

The practice was established in 2014 with the intention of providing high quality architectural design services from a rural studio in the heart of England, situated at the northern tip of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty.

Projects

The practice has grown steadily, with a particular emphasis on housing, the re-use and conversion of agricultural buildings, and a growing reputation for imaginative projects in sensitive and historic contexts.

IOS completed projects include:

Apartments in Westminster, London, converted from offices to residential use.

New housing in North Oxfordshire (8 dwellings)

Conversion of farm buildings in the Cotswolds (6 dwellings)

Conversion of equestrian building in Warwickshire (3 dwellings)

Various private house projects and various works to listed and historic buildings.

IOS feasibility work, works on site, and works on the board include:

Rural industrial units in a sensitive setting

Replacement dwelling in Gloucestershire

Replacement dwelling in Worcestershire

Distribution warehouse in Essex

Holiday home in Scotland

New village housing in Worcestershire

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

Our design philosophy is based on the belief that good buildings have the sense that they reveal a context. We therefore aim to foster rich relationships between our buildings, the people who use them and the physical, historical and cultural settings. We draw inspiration from the natural and built environment and delight in creating simple, elegant buildings that function well, are uplifting to use, and that amplify a sense of place.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

We participated in this competition because it gave us a chance to exercise our muscles on a different project type and in a different context. Cultural venues are a building typology that interests us deeply because of the clear connection between people, place, events history and identity. It’s a tremendously exciting thing to be a part of and the competition gave us just that opportunity. 

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

In terms of advice, what I can relate is our own experience, in that I had been reluctant to enter vision competitions myself. Having now gone through the process, the value I found in the office is that the competition process allowed the team to function in a different way: an intense and focused period of work without the normal logistics and distractions of live projects. The freedom and intensity of the competition generated great ideas and really enjoyable discussions. It also altered the office dynamic in a positive way (we were very much reminded of each other’s talents and the process had a pleasing fluidity).

More widely, architectural vision competitions have a value in creating a space for the unfettered elaboration of ideas. They help remind the world of the talents architects possess and provide inspiration for clients as to what’s possible when ideas are prioritised.

And we can now, of course, add the competition work to our portfolio when marketing to new clients.

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
ideas COMPETITION
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 15
Jan 27
Apr 21
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 16
Jan 28
Apr 22
Register now
project COMPETITION
Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 14
Jan 26
Apr 23
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 17
Jan 29
Apr 23
Register now
project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
Register now
project COMPETITION
Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
Register now
project COMPETITION
Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 25
Apr 22
Jul 08
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

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

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 30
Apr 27
Jul 13
Register now
project COMPETITION
Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Mar 31
Apr 28
Jul 14
Register now
project COMPETITION
Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel

Design a new hotel set within a beautiful Portuguese Monte d'Oiro vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Apr 01
Apr 29
Jul 15
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Architecture of Illusions

Do you have something to say about illusions in architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Apr 02
Apr 30
Jul 16
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now

ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS

Newsletter