Architecture Competition Mega Dunes Eco Lodges 3rd prize winners – SNONO STUDIO

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winners of our “Mega Dunes Eco Lodges - Abu Dhabi” competition – Ahmad Nouraldeen, Luca Fraccalvieri, Jana Semaan and Lama Barhoumi from Lebanon!

Ahmad Nouraldeen, Luca Fraccalvieri

Jana Semaan and Lama Barhoumi

Snono Studio is a team of multidisciplinary designers who combine their knowledge and expertise in architecture, environmental consulting and parametric algorithms, imbued with their affinity for beauty and poetry, to produce intelligent, performing designs for both the individual and the natural environment.

Snono Studio was co-founded in 2017 by prof. Ahmad Nouraldeen and Luca Fraccalvieri, alongside founding partners Rudy Joe Spiridon and Francesco Angiulli. The studio’s main office and fabrication lab is based in Bari, Italy, with satellite bases in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Beirut, Lebanon. The team is composed of four partners, six architectural assistants and two engineers.

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?

Snono Studio has covered projects of varying scales, from design and construction of lightweight, tensile, and shell structures, to buildings and masterplan designs. The firm also provides environmental, sustainability and engineering consulting to both the public sector and private businesses.

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

Snono Studio sees architecture as a union of both art and engineering. The firm’s conviction is that architects contribute beauty to people’s experiences, which can be defined as an intervention that is both conceptually and functionally driven.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Competitions are an integral part of the studio’s focus on research and development (R&D); they provide an opportunity to test, combine and iterate contemporary ideas and technologies that become part of our growing tool kit.

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

Competitions are a wonderful opportunity to explore and test ideas; they provide enough freedom for teams and individuals to express themselves fully and make a case for any topic they care about. 

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The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 27
Apr 21
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Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 28
Apr 22
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Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 26
Apr 23
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SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 29
Apr 23
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project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
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Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
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Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
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Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
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Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Apr 22
Jul 08
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Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

Design a safe and supportive space for those struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Apr 27
Jul 13
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Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Apr 28
Jul 14
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Monte d'Oiro Wine Hotel

Design a new hotel set within a beautiful Portuguese Monte d'Oiro vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Apr 29
Jul 15
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Architecture of Illusions

Do you have something to say about illusions in architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Apr 30
Jul 16
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MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 07
Nov 02
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Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
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Sep 07
Nov 02
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