Essay Competition

Essay:
Modular Architecture

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Essay:
Modular Architecture

Bee Breeders in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS announces the winners of its 2021 open call for submissions to be published in the upcoming print publication on modular architecture. The essay competition was run in tandem with design competition Modular Home Design Challenge 2021, seeking concepts for constructing a home using modular techniques.

Modular architecture is one of the most dynamic components of design, offering versatile solutions for efficient, sustainable spaces and building practices. Repeatable or flexible modules can yield customisable and well-designed solutions to projects without incurring excessive costs. Factory prefabrication, efficient use of materials, reduced transport requirements and ease of site installation all have the potential to reduce the embodied energy of a project.

This essay competition is called for submissions that offer a critical analysis of modular architecture and how it can be used to revolutionise architectural design in both residential and commercial spaces. How has modular construction enabled more sustainable designs? How has modular architecture been integrated into standard practice? What is the global impact of modular design trends and how will the future of architecture be impacted by this versatile design component? We sought inquiries, opinions, and analyses of all these questions and more.

We received submissions from around the world. The works of the selected authors listed below have been chosen for print in ARCHHIVE BOOKS' upcoming publication, alongside award-winning Bee Breeders competition entries as well as featured projects built using modular construction or design practices.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Why Modular needs to be(come) Flexible - a Critical Remark

Country

Finland

Project authors

Mario Kolkwitz
2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Ode to a Module

Country

United States

Project authors

Blake Hageman
3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Modular Architecture: Beyond Cookies and Pancakes

University

Princeton university

Country

United States

Project authors

Felix Yiu

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Reframing Modularity for Adaptive Reuse

Country

United States

Project authors

Shannon Ruhl

Project Name

Modular and Reversible Architecture towards Sustainability

Country

Italy

Project authors

Tecla Caroli

Project Name

Module+

Country

Germany

Project authors

Ruo Shen
Yihan Zhou

Project Name

Modular Architecture

Country

Italy

Project authors

Chiara Corchia
Chiara Corchia

Project Name

Modular Architecture

Country

Bangladesh

Project authors

Mohaimeen Islam

Project Name

The varieties of modular experience

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Mark Bessoudo

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
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

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11
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

Reccuring architecture competitions

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
Register now
Run repeatedly
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
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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
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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
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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 / June 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 1,000 € Monthly
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Jun 20
Jun 30
Register now

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Competition results

MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #2 (2020)
Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
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