International Architecture Competition

Mango
Vinyl
Hub

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Mango 
Vinyl 
Hub

Official Partners

Mango 
Vinyl 
Hub Mango 
Vinyl 
Hub

The Mango Vinyl Hub competition solicits consideration of a familiar circumstance characteristic of the contemporary regional condition. Located in Cesis, a historic and provincial city in the Vidzeme region of Latvia, the project calls into question possible and imagined futures of recent historic and artifactual culture — of architecture, music, industry, and design. Participating in the materializing creative industry of Cesis, the project invites designers to consider the adaptive reuse of an abandoned tin foil factory in promotion of a resurgent interest in the vinyl record industry. The project aptly repurposes an architecture arising from the exigency of early industrial production in support of a programmatic celebration of contemporaneous technology. In so doing, the context provokes reflection on the value of cultural patrimony and artifact, particularly the tenuousness of obsolescence and the concurrent squander or flotsam of technological disruption. As a re-appropriation of a previous structure, the competition requires attention to programming and circulation, as well as concerns of spatiality, interiority, and public-private relation. Successful projects temper the impulse of retrojecting nostalgic hallmark or tradition, through revitalization of purpose of an artifact and history of a bygone era.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

The Music Telescope

Authors

Lucia Filippini
Elisa Dellarossa
Tuana Yıldız

Italy

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We find architecture vision competitions a great opportunity to get in touch not only with our creative potentialities, but also with awareness of the reality and demands of the present-day. It is a great challenge where future and young architects like us can practice to work independently, while having the pleasure to choose projects that really inspire them. These conditions generate an occasion to bring out the best results of young designers while enjoying the creative process as well.

Jury commentary

The first place proposal for the Mango Vinyl Hub sets itself apart by developing a restoratively sensitive architectural critique of the industrial work culture, transforming the abandoned tin foil factory buildings of Cesis into a new co-working campus. The project deploys a system of colorful, almost cartoonish, transit tubes to facilitate visual and physical connection, as well as communication, amongst the disparate programmatic components of the site. The playfully inviting presence of the colorful tubes encourages an explorative cross pollination, enticing users to visit or at minimum, peek into the different functions both public and private across the campus and the city beyond. The vivacious character of the circulation and navigation, challenges common precepts of professionalism, making an argument for the inclusion of activities commonly perceived as leisure only, in work culture. The project proposes a new architectural prototype, taking both the logic and form commonly used to facilitate city and building infrastructural connectivity, including in plumbing, conduit, and subway tunneling, and applying it to the organization of people. Aptly concerned with the technological artifact, the project draws parallels to the high-tech movement, evidenced for instance in the circulation strategies by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers at the Centre Pompidou. The colorful tubes generate a boisterous addition to the site, paying respect and restoring the existing infrastructure of the former industrial factory.

2nd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

In-Between

Authors

Onea Ioana Alexandra
Nistor Raluca
Hirleata Stefania Daniela
Tirca Radu George

University

Universitatea de arhitectura si urbanism "ion mincu"
+148 points!

Romania

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It is simple: it stimulates us. It allows you to experiment, to test your ideas and to refine them. It is the occasion to take a rough idea and to perfect it in an analogical context with the reality. And also for the liberty of expression of this idea, without any constraints.

Jury commentary

The success of the second place proposal for the Mango Vinyl Hub lies in its delineation and layering of new borders and boundaries within the structure of the existing tin foil factory to radically expose the extant industrial fabric while reviving its spaces and textures for the creative production of the emerging vinyl industry. The project first pushes all circulation into the public spaces between the buildings, freeing the interiors and creating a new public realm of dynamic interaction. New facades of translucent mesh are then placed at selective offsets within the preserved brick factory walls, creating liminal spaces and in-between zones, blurring the interior and exterior and generating a contemplative landscaped threshold between circulation space and programmed interior. Finally, multi-directional saw-tooth roofs cap all of the spaces, modulating lighting conditions and creating a “fifth façade”, uniting the project and providing an iconic silhouette against the skyline of the city. The crescendo of the project is a newly constructed tower, which acts as a portal into the new public realm and a place of gathering for the community with a large atrium space for performances surrounded by multi-level vinyl shop and library. The ultimate potency of the project is its ability to both define a vibrant public space of interaction and use the blurred edges of threshold and circulation to engender a new realm for listener: a space of sound, nature, and texture both isolated and integrated into the larger project. By these means, the project unites the disparate entities of the factory buildings to create a new world within, a space for creativity and collectivity which gives primacy to neither manmade nor natural, but to both.

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Out Of the blue

Authors

Valdone Mitkeviciute
Greta Prialgauskaite

University

Vilnius art academy
+76 points!

Lithuania

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We believe, that attending architecture competitions can be a great opportunity to showcase your ideas and visions to a wider audience and broaden your own knowledge and- gain experience. We are also defending our bachelor degree with this project as our final work, which is the initial reason and motive for us to participate in this competition. We had an explicit program set for us, thus, it was easier to handle the work process, having a clear task and a rigorous goal to achieve.

Jury commentary

The third place entry for the Mango Vinyl Hub competition takes on the project of exposition and production to radically transform an abandoned tin foil factory into a new co-working hub, both celebrating and displaying the emergent creative industries of the area. In a spatial diagram juxtaposing the market and the processes of making, the project makes explicit the tensions and collaborations between production and commerce. This adjacency between creative spaces of manufacturing and the continuously changing shops of the market creates a pop-up ethos, a place in which the proximity and interchangeability between maker and seller stimulates a novel type of exchange. The power of the project is in the simplicity of the interior-fit out. Through a simple use of vibrant color and unexpected program adjacencies, the proposal radically rethinks the place of transaction. The ribbon of blue running through the project creates an urban condition within the complex, marking a zone of event and incubation, exchange and hybridization. This zone of blue invites both the public visitor and the artist-makers to take part in a voyeuristic relationship of discovery and sharing, proposing a spatial diagram in which the commons is also a place of creativity and commerce.

THE BIG PICTURE AWARD (BEST MASTERPLAN)

Project name

Sound Factory

Authors

Bartosz Matuszek
Ewelina Bugajewicz
Karolina Wasilewska
Paulina Sawczuk

University

Bialystok university of technology
+78 points!

Poland

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

The ability to confront ideas is really significant. Nowadays, we have an unique chance to compare our level to participants’. Architecture vision competitions are known for being a great motivation to start brainstorming and conceptual thinking.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The Cube

Country

Uruguay

Project authors

Federico Rodriguez
Alejandro Lobo
Elias Martinez

Project Name

Mango Vinyl Hub

University

Moscow institute of architecture (state academy)
+72 points!

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Julia Khomutskaya

Project Name

Industrial Palimpsest : Mango Vinyl Hub

Country

United States

Project authors

Victor Zhang

Project Name

Mango Vinyl Hub

Country

Serbia

Project authors

Katarina Petrovic
Nevena Balalic

Project Name

Mango Vinyl Hub

University

Poznan university of technology
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Katarzyna Wankiewicz
Agnieszka Szymańska

Project Name

Mango Vinyl Hub

University

Poznań university of technology
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Kamil Adamiak
Agnieszka Bogacka
Karolina Chwilczyńska
Adrian Czarny-Kropiwnicki

Shortlisted projects

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Mexico

isaac michan
omar acevedo
alan eskildsen
roman vicenteño

Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Arts

+76 points!
valdone mitkeviciute
greta prialgauskaite

Chile

The University of Santiago, Chile (Usach)

+22 points!
ignacio garrido balut

Spain

paola perrote
anna franquet
paula gonzalez

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

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onea ioana alexandra
nistor raluca
hirleata stefania daniela
tirca radu george

Finland

Aalto University

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maija joensuu
jaakko torvinen

Italy

lucia filippini
elisa dellarossa
tuana yıldız

Spain

david procas ramón
ainhoa iglesias alonso
Álvaro bermudo lázaro
ignacio calvo barlÉs

Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

+22 points!
patrycja komada
luca rösch

Italy

lorenzo della monaca
francesco miele
edoardo dalla palma

Uruguay

federico rodriguez
alejandro lobo
elias martinez

Ecuador

Esecolectivo

jose de la torre
pablo silva
belén argudo

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+22 points!
joanna gizelska
daria głąbowska

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+72 points!
kamil adamiak
agnieszka bogacka
karolina chwilczyńska
adrian czarny-kropiwnicki

Poland

Bialystok University of Technology (Politechnika Białostocka)

+78 points!
bartosz matuszek
ewelina bugajewicz
karolina wasilewska
paulina sawczuk

Mexico

aldo de ita
roberto velázquez
erandi jiménez
marco ramírez

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+72 points!
katarzyna wankiewicz
agnieszka szymańska

South Korea

Sookmyung Women's University

+22 points!
yewon seo
eunae kim
yelin jo

Serbia

katarina petrovic
nevena balalic

Peru

Ricardo Palma University, Universidad Ricardo Palma

+22 points!
daniel espezua rodriguez
oscar becerra vargas
brandon andía concha

Germany

RWTH Aachen University, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

+22 points!
stefan nicolai bertsch
alexander frank marco bürger

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+22 points!
kinga grzybowska
michał hondo

Spain

vanesa lara fernandez
ignacio juan gomez ramirez
antonio berruezo davila

United States

timothy alatorre
cullen johnson
daniel torres
jenna fujitsubo

Australia

jack morellini
dillon gorton

Italy

simone manfreo
alessandro rattin

Russian Federation

Moscow Institute of architecture - MARHI , Московский архитектурный институт - МАРХИ

+72 points!
julia khomutskaya

Canada

sylwia sajdyk
roman vladas pevcevicius
stephen wong
arash ershad

United States

limy rocha
brandon justice
bryan samuel
 

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