Jury feedback summary
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.
Jury feedback summary
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.