Annual International Architecture Competition

Modular
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Edition #2

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Modular 
Home

Buildner is pleased to announce the results of the Modular Home / Edition #2! 

This competition tasked participants with submitting innovative design proposals for a modular home that can be constructed in any form in any location. Following the success of the first annual Modular Home Design Challenge, this edition expands on Buildner’s Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement as well as its Affordable Housing series.

Modular architecture offers 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.

Buildner worked with an international jury of innovative architects and modular-design specialists that included: Bárbara Bardin, co-Founder of Madrid-based studio Canobardin; Pilar Cano-Lasso, leader of Madrid-based delavegacanolasso; Sarah Broadstock, architect at London-based Studio Bark; Mark Gabbertas of UK-based Gabbertas Studio; Inés Olavarrieta, architect and designer at Madrid-based selgascano.

Buildner and its jury panel would like to thank all the designers that participated in this competition.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Everything All on Track

Authors

Han Kuo

Taiwan

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Every architecture competition is an uncharted journey and challenge. Competition help us think in a wider variety of perspectives that we never did before.

Jury commentary

Everything on Track is based on a 2.5m square module on operable wheels, set on a track system, that can be expanded in a variety of ways to accommodate users, whether they be an individual, couple or family. According to the designer, “tracks not only function as an internal infrastructural grid inside the house but also on the roof and under the floor for those supportive units including roof panels, rainwater collector, PV panels, water supply and septic tank.” The jury commented: “The proposal functions in a way that is both effortless and clear. The building itself has a distinct architectural character with evident qualities. Although the proposal is designed in steel, it could be translated into many different materials without losing the initial concept. The lightness of the whole construction is attractive, as well as its flexibility for so many different possible ways to live in it. Though more a construction method than a modular system, the graphic approach is brilliant.” The jury also commented that the construction details could use significantly more development to show proof-of-concept.

2nd Prize Winner+
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Sea Nomads

Authors

Yutian Liu
Yuwanqing Liu
Shucen Liu
Chao Tang

China

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

As juniors in architecture, we hope to use this competition as an opportunity to test and improve our skills, as we will be confronted with a wide variety of participants, and we will be able to see how different participants think about the same theme and design direction, as well as how well the building is finished and expressed in images. Secondly, by participating in the competition we learn to control the progress independently and how to move the project forward in a long timeline to the final submission. Finally, the process of learning how to work with each other and the team members is also extremely important.

Jury commentary

Sea Nomads uses modularity to address one of the pressing issues of our time: climate change and sea level rise. In tandem with plant, water treatment and energy systems the project intends to offer a self-sufficient self-cycling modular home. The design takes advantage of an A-frame module placed on a floating platform to yield a build-it-yourself sea cabin. The jury writes: “This is the most genuine and bold modular approach of the proposals. Given that the planet is changing whether we like it or not, it's a pleasure to see such a creative and joyful vision for the future. This proposal stood out against more 'traditional' modular box architecture for its triangular forms - resulting from the very different challenges of designing for water rather than for land. Notwithstanding a few issues with the plan -. access to the child's bedroom, for example - this is a potential new typology for residential architecture which will become increasingly relevant as sea levels rise.” The jury noted that the layout and graphics of the proposal could be more consistent among the four panels.

3rd Prize Winner+
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Guayarmina House. In tribute to La Palma

Authors

Dana Liepinsh
Lorena del Moral Navero

Spain

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We believe we are still on time to change things by making conscious decisions. So we take architectural competitions as a chance to make a statement, to show and tell our story and share our philosophy. We want to promote our vision of sustainable housing as a manifest for joy, nature, crafts, aesthetics, community and future resilience.

Jury commentary

Guayarmina House is a proposal for a semi-mobile and prefabricated modular home with multifunctional furniture and minimal interiors dedicated to the people of La Palma, Canary Islands, who lost their homes in the recent volcanic eruption. The base design contains a rectangular unit which can be extended to form U-shape or more complex shapes centered on a courtyard. Hemp line composite is proposed for walls and floors - a breathable, light material for better thermal performance and indoor air quality. According to the jury: “The use of raw materials is a "new" path every architect should explore. Mixing hemp’s woody fibers with lime produces a natural, light concrete that retains thermal mass and is highly insulating. The proposal combines tradition and technology to achieve a great balance between design and sustainability. It is a great example of a coherent design in which construction, climate considerations, and energy take their part to contribute to a beautiful and inspirational result.”

 

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

PASTORAL MODULAR

Country

United States

Project authors

Christopher Taurasi
Lexi White
Jeffrey Lee

Project Name

H O III III III E

Country

Argentina

Project authors

Juan Cruz Catania
Agustina Verdura
Tomas Kranevitter
Manuel Pastoriza

Project Name

Modular Natural - BUILD

Country

China

Project authors

Chukang Liang
Zeke Zhang
Wanyue Peng

Project Name

all 4 one

University

Hongik university
+72 points!

Country

South Korea

Project authors

Beom Seok Ko
Joo Hye Lim
Shiwon Kim
Eun A Jeong

Project Name

Wooden Heart

Country

Turkey

Project authors

Nasim Mollazadeh Sorkhabi
Seyedmohammadali Banihashemiveijouyeh
Nasim Hossein Nedjad
Negin Shokry

Project Name

Bambology

University

Cornell university college of architecture, art, and planning
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Xuanyin Lin
Kewei Xu
Jiayu Su

Shortlisted projects

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Italy

University of Trento / Università degli Studi di Trento

+22 points!
angela cuman
emma battistin
laura palazzi
maja peirano

United Kingdom

Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism - Tabriz Islamic Art University

+22 points!
mahsa abdkarimi

United States

School of Visual Art

+22 points!
huanyu kuang

Italy

University of Trento / Università degli Studi di Trento

+22 points!
tiziano dallaporta
sofia barina
tommaso depedri
domenico silvestri

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
ovidiu-alexandru dobre
ioana bianca voican
sebastian alexandru boldea
roberta maria teodorescu

Poland

Urgeos sp. z o.o.

maciej szczepanski
tamila kramar
damian zabŁocki
weronika piotrowska

Portugal

natalia maslennikova
alecsandra trofin

South Africa

Earthworld architects

eben wagner
andré eksteen
magdalena cilliers

United States

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

+72 points!
xuanyin lin
kewei xu
jiayu su

Germany

aniko hegedus
timea banki-farkas

Thailand

Chiang Mai University

+22 points!
nipit rojratsirikul
krittapon yadjun
chayanon rojsuporn
nontachai boonmacharoen

Australia

The University of Melbourne

+22 points!
gerald low

Spain

dana liepinsh
lorena del moral navero

United States

University at Buffalo, SUNY The State University of New York

+22 points!
jackson gaylord

China

chukang liang
zeke zhang
wanyue peng

United States

ian caine
gabriel díaz montemayor
trent tunks
joe valadez

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
lupascu catalina
stroia andreea
marinescu ionut alexandru
domnica razvan-constantin

Canada

Ryerson University

+22 points!
monika mitic
yara ragab

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
silvia-nicoleta musat
andrei fofirca
paula manole
andrei manolache

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
luiza nitu
lucia abdulea
silvia vasiliu
iulia oprișan

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
răzvan rusu
răzvan mureșan
emanuela-iuliana dîrleci
reem mozrani

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
dumitru ana
raluca negoescu
ruxandra chirca
oana gavrila

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
nicolae busca
raluca risnoveanu
sabina sabotnicu
andreea pribeanu

United States

School of Visual Art

+22 points!
meixi xu

United States

Cal Poly Pomona, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

+22 points!
ying gao
sandee deogaygay
apinya sangrugee

United Kingdom

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU)

+22 points!
eduard ene
david gruber
caleb young
ronald kamwa

Turkey

Yazgan design architecture

kerem yazgan
begum yazgan
aylin kose
recep selim yarbasi

Canada

Ryerson University

+22 points!
rutuja atre
fahmida ahmed

Hong Kong

ka hei wu
lok yin yim
ka yee li

Turkey

nasim mollazadeh sorkhabi
seyedmohammadali banihashemiveijouyeh
nasim hossein nedjad
negin shokry

South Korea

Hongik University

+72 points!
beom seok ko
joo hye lim
shiwon kim
eun a jeong

United States

University of Oklahoma

+22 points!
hiroki mishima
quentin puiseux

Poland

jerzy Łątka
dominika jezierska
agata jasiołek
jagoda gromek

Argentina

juan cruz catania
agustina verdura
tomas kranevitter
manuel pastoriza

China

yutian liu
yuwanqing liu
shucen liu
chao tang
 

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