Architecture Competition Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop 3rd prize winner – ITESM

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winners of our "Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop" competition – Ángel Bolaños and Fernanda Díaz from Mexico!

Ángel Bolaños and Fernanda Díaz from Mexico

We are ninth-semester architecture students at ITESM. For a couple of years we have tried to complement our studies by participating in competitions that help us explore other areas of architecture with which we are not in contact within our academic plan.

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?

We are passionate about how extensive architecture can become. During our studies we have had the opportunity to develop social projects hand in hand with the inhabitants of neighborhoods in our city exploring the human and realistic side of architecture. In contrast, we like to face the challenge of thinking of architecture as a field of experimentation of ideas which are transformed into formal exercises. Architecture competitions have been for us the means with which we can understand the duality of architecture in the sense that we can explore it beyond practice, focusing on the concept and the transformation of ideas into architectural exercises.

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

Architecture for us is a discipline that is inclined, beyond solving needs, to solving dreams. We, as architects, bear the responsibility of giving people and society something beyond the tangible, beyond a roof, architecture is feelings, sensations, it is aspirations and essentially dreams.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

It is a way to challenge ourselves by competing with people from all over the world, whether they are students or professionals. Apart from learning new working methods that allow us to develop better as students and future architects.

The competitions help us to explore architecture from a much freer perspective. Outside the academic guidelines, we find in these competitions an escape from how pigeonholed architecture can become in the classroom and we can dare to fly the imagination, to work on new ideas and to put it simply: to dare.

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

We would tell them to dare to live the experience, either individually or in teams, it will undoubtedly leave them with a lot of learning, they will know their strengths and weaknesses and that will help them to continue growing in the field of architecture. More than being measured against students and professionals from all over the world, the competitions are a personal challenge that helps you manage your time better, improve your graphic representation skills and enhance your abilities as a designer. For us they have become an escape from what we do on a daily basis and the opportunity to experience architecture as a compilation of ideas beyond the practical.

Open architecture competitions

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    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
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    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
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
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

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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
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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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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
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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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