Architecture Competition MICROHOME/ Edition 3 (2021) Honorable mention - ATO - ARCHITECTURAL THINKING OFFICE

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our  "MICROHOME/ Edition 3 (2021)" competition – Mathieu Mainoldi from France!

Mathieu Mainoldi from France

ATO – Architectural Thinking Office - Founded in 2020 by Mathieu Mainoldi in Paris, 85, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011

French-trained, and in the interests of openness, it was in Denmark, in 2015, that he completed his apprenticeship at the Aarhus School of Architecture. He then confronted another educational system, another language, and a more advanced vision of the environmental issue dear to the Scandinavians. Graduated from the National School of Architecture in Paris Val-de-Seine in 2016, he took advantage of the end of this academic cycle to take stock of his vision of architecture. Thus emerges a reflective and introspective writing called "A caring architecture" which addresses questions of style, territorial anchoring, stimulation of the senses, and the place of man in a resolutely artistic discipline that takes on its meaning through use. It was within the Chatillon architectes agency, as Chief Architect   of   Historic   Monuments,   that   he   discovered   an   immensely practical   and  fascinating   world,   which   questions   the   future   and  the compatibility of heritage buildings in a world geared towards progress. Curious about the acquisition of complementary skills in the practice of architecture, in 2019 he joined the School of Architecture of Brittany, in Rennes, in order to take the HMONP. To complete his training,  he implemented new design logics in the realization of new projects within the Valero Gadan Architects & Associate agency. Eager to found his own structure since the first year of studies and willing to defend a personal vision of architecture, he founded ATO in 2020.

So far, no employees.

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?

So far working on a rather small project scale, from houses to small public facilities. Since the French system requires references in order to build new public buildings, ATO is gathering references in the private domain: mainly refurbishment of apartments, houses, medical centres, shops, but also at the moment working on adding a storey to a family house. The ambition is to reach the public market in order to build new buildings. Therefore, ATO is also associated with well-established firms to participate in public competitions.

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

Architecture is an art that people can live in and walk through. Therefore, it shapes our lives and habits. Within itself, there is a public purpose highly oriented towards the society. Architects must take it into consideration and design spaces that have the ability to enhance our daily life.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Since the projects ATO is working on are constricted due to client’s budget and regulations, participating in competitions is a way to keep being innovative. They are the opportunity to keep on working on conceptual approaches and being more sensitive and poetic. The idea is, little by little, to merge the conceptual approach and the real-life constraints.

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

Just go for it, it’s a perfect way to keep on thinking about what the world is becoming.

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
ideas COMPETITION
Greening the Industrial City
Houston ★ Texas

Submit a masterplan for an industrial park in Houston, Texas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

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

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

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

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 16
Sep 22
Nov 10
Run repeatedly
Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
Register now
Run repeatedly
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
Register now
Run repeatedly
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

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

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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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 Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Aug 31
Sep 30
Oct 31
Register now

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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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