Architecture Competition Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House 1st prize winners – Moye Guo and Shilan Yu

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winners of our "Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House" competition – Moye Guo and Shilan Yu from Germany!

Moye Guo and Shilan Yu from Germany

We are two young architects from China, Shilan graduated from Technical University of Munich and Moye graduated from Technical University of Darmstadt. We met in our current architectural office and found that we have a similar understanding of architecture and the design process, but we have many different ideas for each design. This allows our work to be harmonious and unified as a whole, yet rich in detail and architectural language.

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?

In our work, we are involved in a wide range of projects, such as large commercial office buildings, cultural buildings and large public buildings. In addition to our work, we also focus on small-scale architecture to better study the relationship between architecture and the city, the relationship between architecture and nature, and the matching of different materials.

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

Architecture is a complex synthesis of many disciplines, and a container for most art forms and human activities. Although architecture needs to be designed to match different functions and environmental conditions as well as local cultural traditions, it is not as free as pure art due to the constraints of these external conditions or needs, but for architects, besides designing a beautiful building, it is also an art form to make the building to best match its functional needs, to better fit the site and to better integrate local cultural traditions into the building itself. It is also a form of art to better integrate the local culture and traditions into the building itself.

We also believe that architectural design is not a showpiece, nor should it be a "sculpture" made on the whim of an architect. Architects should also be responsible for the work they design, taking into account as much as possible the users of the building, so that the building can be more effectively connected to society.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

After years of architectural study and subsequent work, the understanding and views of architectural design have gradually accumulated or changed.

As a profession between rationality and art, there are many aspects in the design process that can restrict architects from expressing their ideas and showing their unique style. Through architectural competitions, we can better, and to some extent more freely, show our creativity. Even many buildings that are difficult to realize in real life can be boldly attempted in architectural competitions, which also promotes the development of the architectural industry to a certain extent and provides more possibilities for architectural design.

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

We highly recommend that students who are still studying architecture at university or other young architects to participate more in architecture competitions. Architectural competitions provide a great opportunity for young architects to show their understanding and ideas about architecture. At the same time, architectural design does not require more interaction with other people and learning how to work with them. By participating in architecture competitions, you can open your eyes better and gain a lot from the process. 

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Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Nov 01
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Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

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Nov 03
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Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

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Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

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Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

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Memorial for Witches
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Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

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Nov 11

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Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
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Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

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Sep 22
Nov 10
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MICROHOME
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Design a new concept of small-scale home

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Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
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Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

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Nov 02
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Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
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Use architecture to create different emotional states

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Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

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Design THE architect's t-shirt!

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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 #2 (2020)

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