Architecture Competition Museum of Emotions Honorable mention – HOCHSCHULE MAINZ

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Museum of Emotions" competition – Mira Gerhart and Felix Zaglauer from Germany!

Mira Gerhart and Felix Zaglauer from Germany

We are students of the masters course „Kommunikation im Raum“ at the Hochschule Mainz, Germany. This course is based on interior design and shifts its focus on spatial communication.

We, Mira (interior designer) and Felix (carpenter and communication designer), decided to team up for the design competition, because of our different backgrounds, a certain „common sense“ of designing and our productive working vibe. We wanted to combine our individual strenghts and learn from each other during the project with the positive sideeffect that it was fun.

Due to our studies, we worked on a variety of projects so far. The common denominator has been furniture design and buildung, such as the shaping and designing of interior situations.

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

Architecture is omnipresent. It starts with the place we live in, surrounds us in our daily lives and vacations through the city. It has a permanent influence - be it subtle or offensive. Architecture is more than just a physically built space. It is a spatial display of relationships. Architecture can influence the well-being of a human. It can inspire us, can give us new impulses or can take a stand to some degree. What ever it triggers in us - it always communicates.

Architects are not just single designers and developers, they are part of a greater good. The respect for our environment and an eye for social matters plays an important role. Architecture is alwayas an intervention into an existing kontext and needs to respect historical and ecological correlations. Architects have a responsibility to the users, to the urban and rural regions such as to ressources and the environment.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

An architecture or design competition in general bears the chance to make use of your skill in a free way without any given boundaries. Boxes can be comfortable but you have to leave them to think outside of them. For young designers and architects the competitions are the chance to give themselvses a voice and call attention on socially relevant subjects for example, without working in prestigious bureaus.

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

Try to understand the competition as a creative playground. You have the chance to create something from scratch just by your own. Your idea realised with your skill set. The final result is visible to others, but the whole process is yours and you will grow with it. You will get inspired by others and you will inspire others. Especially for students, the competitions are a good opportunity to show themselves with new experimental concepts to a wide audience.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
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    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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registration deadlines

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Nov 02
Jan 05
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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

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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
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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

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Sep 30
Oct 31
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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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