Architecture Competition The Last Genocide Memorial Honorable mention - Nicholas Hartman

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "The Last Genocide Memorial" competition – Nicholas Hartman from Sweden!

Nicholas Hartman from Sweden

I am a Swedish master’s student at Lund University, working on my thesis project in architecture. Throughout my studies I have been fascinated by various atypical and experimental architectural processes which try to embody and visualize conceptual ideas. Furthermore, I’m inspired by contemporary art. I try to bring in these aspects as much as possible in my thesis topic and in competition entries.

The academia provided me with a lot of theoretical knowledge and architectural ideas, which I did not hesitate to apply to internships outside of the curriculum. I have had the pleasure of working with professionals at Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyrå in Malmö, Sweden, and C.F. M

Brief information about the projects that you have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

At Abelardo Gonzales Arkitektbyrå my work was more small scale oriented. I was working on a renovation proposal Drottninghus attic where we reworked an attic into loft apartments. At C.F. M øller Architects in Aarhus, Denmark. I was part of the competitions department where I experienced working with international projects of larger scale. An example is the winning proposal for Medical School Hamburg / Baufeld 63 Hafencity. Lastly, I have been part of an art and architecture project Konstkiosk in collaboration with international artists, architects, and researchers.

Whether my contribution is for a company or academia, I have tendencies to optimize my workflow. Generative and parametric design have aided my work and consequently impacted its architectural expression. This also applies to my proposal for the "Confront the sky but the earth too" memorial.

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

Architecture embodies architectural ideas that are in constant tension with each other. Some architectural ideas exclude others, creating conflicts and confrontations. Occasionally they work together in harmony and strengthen each other. The city is the battleground of architectural ideas and an architect needs to be able to distinguish between them and to make room for the new ones or protect the old ones.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions proved to be one of the best methods for me to develop as an architect. The knowledge gained by constantly refining and tweaking ideas and learning how to present them proves to be useful in my academic and professional work every day. To this, competitions are a great way to collaborate and reach out to the architecture world. Ultimately, they are the most exciting and fun projects to be a part of!

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

There is nothing to lose. No matter the result, every participant goes through a learning process. It is the best way for anyone to push their ideas to the limit. It is a good exercise which might not be possible in the academic or professional world to the same extent.

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
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
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

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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Run repeatedly
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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Run repeatedly
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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