Architecture Competition Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop AAPPAREL Sustainability award winners – Clément Molinier and Philippe Paumelle

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the AAPPAREL Sustainability award winners of our "Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop" competition – Clément Molinier and Philippe Paumelle from France!

AAPPAREL Sustainability award winners from France

We are both young graduates of the Grenoble School of Architecture. We graduated with the AE&CC (Architecture, Environment & Constructive Cultures) master's degree. This master's degree allowed us to build 1:1 architectural projects, from design to implementation during our studies. Our practice has a strong site, context and, more generally, “genius loci” approach.

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?

During our studies, we had the opportunity to design different projects at various scales and levels of detail, from 1:1 construction to large scale projects. We have also participated in numerous competitions over the past few years to develop working methodologies and architectural concepts. There is no such thing as small architecture. Huts and monuments have the same value, each project deserves our full attention.

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

Architecture is a declension of the forms and forces of nature. We see ourselves as interpreters and try to organise the material to capture the sensibilities of the world.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are opportunities for us to test new ways of representation and design. As young architects, they also allow us to forge a work methodology and to sharpen our architectural discourse. Moreover, the competition subjects allow us to push concepts quite far, and to re-use the best of them in our work.

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

The competition is a time for taking risks and expressing all of one's creativity without worrying about other issues; everyone can set their own standards. Regardless of one's level or age, they inevitably lead to progress in our practice.

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 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

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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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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