Architecture of Illusions

The Architecture of Illusions essay competition is looking for your thoughts and opinions on the role of illusions in architecture. What is the impact of optical illusions in architecture, if there is one at all, and how do they affect architectural designs?

Renowned architects like Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic are just some of the names that use optical illusions in some of their most famous work. These have included mirrored or reflective surfaces, geometric shapes and lines, and stylized facades that create the illusions of shapes and space in iconic buildings around the world.

For this essay competition, participants are invited to submit their thoughts and ideas on anything relating to the topic of illusions in both design and architecture. This could be anything, from an exploration of how artwork can modify a space purely through visual alterations, to an in-depth discussion and analysis of the power of form in terms of creating moods and atmospheres. How do illusions affect the way spaces are perceived and how are they achieved through both traditional and modern techniques?

The topic is completely open for interpretation and all ideas are welcome on the role of illusions in architecture. Participants may submit their essays in a written format, a visual format, or a combination of the two. Winning submissions and honorable mentions will be featured in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ publication "Illusions in Architecture''.

Do you have an idea or something to say about illusions in architecture?

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.