Take a seat and make a statement!
- ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS
- 250,000 € prize - House of the Future
- Housing crisis
- Small scale architecture
- The Contemporary Home
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winners of our "Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House" competition – Aleksa Milojevic, Ka Wai Cheung and Konstantin Kim from Austria!
Aleksa Milojevic, Ka Wai Cheung and Konstantin Kim from Austria
Half-Circus is an award-winning creative collective performing in the ﬁelds of architecture and ﬁlm, co-founded by Ka Wai Cheung, Konstantin Kim, and Aleksa Milojevic in 2020. The practice is ﬂuidly-based internationally but can trace its roots back to Vienna, where all three conducted their Master’s studies together under Kazuyo Sejima.
The overarching theme of our work is in the realm of public space for smaller communities. One of our most recent projects is a competition won for a pavilionhouse in rural Senegal designed to offer a ﬂexible, safe, and hygienic environment for women and children of two neighboring villages to gather, work, and practice self-empowerment. The usage of earth mounds as the main tectonic of the project not only reﬂects locally-sourced materials but also invites community participation in the construction and maintenance of the architecture.
Architecture, when actively used as a place-making tool, can yield changes in societies. In our work we often dedicate a majority of time establishing a thorough understanding of a community, and identifying meticulously alternative narratives of social and environmental interactions for the people.
There are not many options for a beginning architecture studio without substantial capital to gain access to built projects. Competitions help to make that more possible. So, the answer might be because we believe in our work and, for now, we have enough resources to try.
There is no “true” linear path in developing yourself as a professional or your practice. For us competitions have been a good way to understand, test and re-test our own values and sensibilities in design as a young collective. A far more disappointing position would have been to expect winning on every entry.
Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs
Use architecture to create different emotional states