Annual International Architecture Competition

Museum of
Emotions

Edition #2

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Museum of 
Emotions

Buildner is excited to announce the results for the second edition of its Museum of Emotions / Edition #2 Competition!

The event once again tasked participants with exploring the extent to which architecture can be used as a tool to evoke emotion. The brief called for the design of a museum comprising two exhibition halls: one designed to induce negative emotions; the other designed to induce positive emotions. Participants were free to choose any site, real or imaginary, as well as choose the scale of the project. The definition of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ emotions was also up for interpretation: whether fear, anger, anxiety, love, happiness, how might a designer define or conceive a corresponding space?

The Museum of Emotions is among Buildner's silent competitions, in which participants must communicate ideas using imagery void of text in any form: titles, captions, words rendered within visuals, even annotations related to scale or cardinal directions.

Buildner worked with a strong international jury panel: Martin Beverfjord is co-founder of Oslo-based Rever & Drage; Tommaso Calistri is a Senior Architect at Dubai-based Killa Design where he has worked on projects including the recently-opened Museum of the Future; Nina Freedman is the Principal of Dreamland Creative Projects and host of WHEREING, a podcast about belonging, space and design; James Krueger is a Design Principal with HMC Architects in San Diego; Kerim Miskavi is an architect and founder of Istanbul-based MAS - Miskavi Architecture Studio; Françoise N’Thépé runs Paris-based practice FRANÇOISE N’THÉPÉ ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN; Nuno Pimenta runs a transdisciplinary practice in Porto, with a portfolio that spans temporary architecture, installation, public art, exhibition design and performance; Angelo Renna is an architect with a focus on in multi-species narratives; and Sean Shen is a lead architect at Shanghai-based ZJJZ Atelier.

Buildner and its jury panel thank each participant for submitting to this event, which received outstanding entries from around the globe!

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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 #4

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Nov 28
Jan 30
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Museum of
Emotions

Edition #2
1st Prize Winner +
Buildner Student Award

Project name

Plan B

Authors

Hassan Mohamed
Fayrouz Khalid
Youssef Mohamed
Marium Hesham

University

Faculty of fine arts ‎architecture department - helwan university
+172 points Buildner University Rankings!

Egypt

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We are 4 students from Cairo, Egypt. We are very passionate about architecture. It is a job and a hobby for most of us. We love participating in such competitions that stimulate creativity and discover new things through architectural elements. We enjoyed this competition very much.

Jury feedback summary

The proposal slices through a mountain to offer a tunnel-like sequence of spaces, one that is geometrically complex yet rendered simple through the project’s clear sections. The white mass of the museum emerges from a mountainside as if a foreign object, in stark contrast to the surrounding rocky brown environment. The dialectical dialogue with nature is continued in the two exhibition areas, with one set in a dark space of extreme tension where visitors stand beneath a heavy boulder seemingly lodged in the mountainside, about to break loose; the other is set in a daylight-filled space opening up to a green paradise complete with lush trees, grass and water. This is a project that successfully plays with spatial compression, light and darkness to elicit emotional response.

Nuno Pimenta / Buildner guest jury NUNO PIMENTA Portugal
The design creates a strong physical experience for the visitor, effectively using the visitor's engagement with the building as a metaphor for the themes it explores. It highlights the relationship between the built environment and human experience, the decisions and consequences of the movement through space.
Kerim Miskavi / Buildner guest jury Miskavi Architecture Studio - MAS Turkey
The simple and poetic nature of the proposal evokes a powerful response. The sectional strategy in differentiating the approach to the two culmination points are well considered, adding another layer of complexity to the duality of the positive and negative emotion spaces.
Tommaso Calistri / Buildner guest jury Killa Design Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The project depicts extremely well the contrast between the two different spaces and the emotions they evoke. The concept is very simple yet the spaces are quite articulated. The tension created by the placement of the giant boulder is remarkable. A simple yet well documented drawing package summarizes the project clearly and without redundancy.

Buildner's architectural communication techniques review

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  • 10/10
    Linework
  • 10/10
    Quality of drawings
  • 10/10
    Balance of color
  • 10/10
    Layout
  • 9/10
    Hierarchy
  • 0/10
    Annotation
  • 0/10
    Text
  • 10/10
    Clarity of story
  • 9/10
    Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10
    Quality of overall presentation

Buildner's commentary and recommendations

The submission makes excellent use of a clear grid of drawings, separated by thin white borders that give the sheet breathing room despite its overall density. The project successfully contrasts light and dark, and achieves a natural color balance with the use of browns and greens. It also mixes larger and smaller imagery without one overpowering another. Visually the reader’s eye tends towards the image on the center-right, of the rock balanced in space, as a starting point for reading the project. One visual oddity is the placement of the lightest drawings at the base with darker drawings above, lending towards a top-heavy layout. While the layout is undoubtedly related to the spatial sequencing of the project, a slightly more visually balanced organization in terms of color balance would benefit the presentation. Given this is a single-sheet presentation, space is critical, yet the two exhibition space images at the center bottom are repetitive with the more successful, larger perspectives just to the right. It is best to avoid repetitive imagery, especially when the drawings do not yield additional project details. To fully understand the project, it would be useful, for example, to instead include a perspective within the ‘maze’ that is seen in the plan but not rendered as part of the imagery.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

The Buddhas of Bamiyan

Authors

Je Yen Tan

Australia

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Participating in architecture competitions is a fantastic way to broaden one’s understanding of built form and challenge their skills in representation.

Jury feedback summary

The author proposes a monolithic black form, dark within, and punctured, split or broken at various moments to let in the sun, yielding zones of brightness. The block-form is sited in the shadow of historical ruins, the site of human construction and destruction. The project is a museum shaped by and organized around considerations of these opposing human forces. The stones used to build the original memorial are put on display within the museum, and emotion is drawn out of a visitor by considering their A) absence from the original monument and B) exhibited in their raw and deconstructed form.

Nina Freedman / Buildner guest jury DREAMLAND CREATIVE PROJECTS (DCP) United Kingdom
An interesting narrative depicts the destruction of a historical artifact set into the mountain, its rubble laid to rest in a darkened space. A second pointed space frames, through a curated light slit, the view toward the site of the historical artifact, now empty, which marks the memory. Architectural forms of light in both spaces honor both the event and material of the destroyed artifact and the memory of the site. There is a sense of hope in both, one more interior looking at the exterior. The use of stone is varied in both the interior environments and the exterior mountain.
Françoise N’Thépé / Buildner guest jury founder of FRANÇOISE N’THÉPÉ ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN France
This proposal, set relative to a memorial along with its materiality and contrasting light/darkness creates strong narrative sequences. The graphic design and presentation are very convincing.
Sean Shen / Buildner guest jury architect at ZJJZ Atelier China
The dialogue between space and historical sites is impressive. The stone of the destroyed Buddha seems to have been reborn as a new place of pilgrimage.

Buildner's architectural communication techniques review

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  • 9/10
    Linework
  • 10/10
    Quality of drawings
  • 10/10
    Balance of color
  • 9/10
    Layout
  • 9/10
    Hierarchy
  • 0/10
    Annotation
  • 0/10
    Text
  • 10/10
    Clarity of story
  • 9/10
    Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10
    Quality of overall presentation

Buildner's commentary and recommendations

The project is defined by its use of white versus black. The black clearly ‘wins’ visually, thereby successfully putting into focus the important white portions of the presentation. It mixes historical photography with rendered imagery and plans to fully explain a complex idea on one sheet. The one drawing which is not crystal clear is the axonometric plan-section. This uses a mix of black and white to describe, it is assumed, above and below grade portions of the project. The linework, however, is all one weight, and so the ‘cut’ versus elevational components are not evident. The final space of the sequence is rendered in perspective as triangular or A-frame in nature, but it is not fully evident how this relates to the forms in the axonometric, which are all block forms without canted or angled walls. Finally, the use of a scale figure would be especially beneficial in the exterior perspective of the project, to comprehend its size within its environment. On the interior, however, the author has cleverly inserted a chair, as well as a window at head height, so that a (seasoned) reader may clearly visualize the scale of the interior spaces.

3rd Prize Winner +
Buildner Sustainability Award

Project name

Roots and Crowns

Authors

James Li

Australia

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I believe participating in architecture competitions is a way for me to do more innovative thinking and get out from my comfort zone. It is challenging and fun at the same time.

Jury feedback summary

Within a clearing of an existing organic forest, a monument is proposed. This is organized as a circular grassy mound around a formal grid of trees, the trees puncturing this hill from a foundational space below, without touching it. The project considers heaviness versus lightness, the natural versus the constructed, and dark versus light. The author has designed a calm space focused on natural materials. It is an outdoor place for meandering and observing.

James Krueger / Buildner guest jury Design Principal in HMC Architects USA
The ideas are clear in this submission, and the use of color is strong. This has a great graphic quality, and the use of light in the underground spaces is nicely executed.
Sean Shen / Buildner guest jury architect at ZJJZ Atelier China
Two spaces are created on the basis of retaining the trees. The tree trunks and pillars form a magical space. The crown and trunk of the tree become the protagonists of the two spaces, respectively. Space and nature are in harmony and unity.
Angelo Renna / Buildner guest jury Architect Netherlands
The idea of sitting under the forest canopy is interesting, though extra studies will require understanding how these trees implanted within the structure will grow and get irrigated.

Buildner's architectural communication techniques review

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  • 9/10
    Linework
  • 9/10
    Quality of drawings
  • 8/10
    Balance of color
  • 9/10
    Layout
  • 9/10
    Hierarchy
  • 0/10
    Annotation
  • 0/10
    Text
  • 9/10
    Clarity of story
  • 9/10
    Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10
    Quality of overall presentation

Buildner's commentary and recommendations

The layout of this presentation is clear and clean. The use of colored imagery which includes one darker colored rendering seems imbalanced floating above the fine light line drawings. While the project consists of outstanding imagery, the author’s use of a clouded effect dilutes the overall impact, with drawings that are visually muted. The presentation would benefit from a stronger color balance if the blue sky, green trees and green grass were put into starker contrast with richer, more enticing colors. Similar commentary extends to the line drawings. The drawings make use of lines that are all a single gray tone and weight. When reviewing the sheet in full, it is difficult to comprehend the details embedded in the plans and section. The author would benefit from the use of black lines with clear delineation between cut and elevational information. Stronger, thicker lines would furthermore add more visual weight to the base of the sheet and aid in its overall balance and hierarchy.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE

Country

United States

Project authors

Yihang Yan

Project Name

UPSIDEDOWN

Country

Greece

Project authors

Lukas Goumas
Georgia Ntoutsi

Project Name

Room 101

University

University of puerto rico - río piedras campus
+72 points Buildner University Rankings!

Country

Puerto Rico

Project authors

Diego Estrada
David Acevedo
Mariana Merlo Zurinaga

Project Name

Procession

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Linda Brokmar
Martin Smedsén

Project Name

Through the dome

Country

Peru

Project authors

Pablo Landeo mochcco

Project Name

The journey of life

Country

Spain

Project authors

Lluis Marcet
Andrea Horas

Shortlisted projects

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New Zealand

Unitec Institute of Technology

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ronalyn totanes  

United States

yihang yan

United States

University of Utah

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christopher putt

United States

evan burgess

Sweden

linda brokmar
martin smedsén

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
natalia suchy

Poland

University of Fine Arts in Poznań (Uniwersytet Artystyczny im. Magdaleny Abakanowicz w Poznaniu)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
michalina grzyb

Hungary

Budapest Metropolitan University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
andrás graf

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Campus

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
nathalie acosta
alianys m. esparra

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Campus

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diego estrada
david acevedo
mariana merlo zurinaga

Canada

MRU - Mount Royal University

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darby melvin

South Korea

Dankook University, DKU International - 단국대학교

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
shin ji young
ju woo seok

China

linhan cao

Japan

Donghua University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
xu jinglu
xu yufeng
xu yijia

Germany

The Trier University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Trier

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
vanessa voß
tabea simm
linda burbach
valentina di masi

Thailand

Rangsit University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
worapol korsuwan
koekrit chosuwan

United States

christopher boon

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

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yasin yahya atasoy
beatriz pozo cáceres
ecem naz kirimlikurt

Italy

University of Florence , Università degli Studi di Firenze , UNIFI

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davide salvini
andrea rosseti

Australia

je yen tan

Italy

rosanna granatella

China

South China University of Technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
yue liu
yu zhang
chenchia yu
jian wen

Slovakia

Er atelier, ltd.

roman ruhig
ema ruhigová
lukáš stas
alexandra kozaňáková

Slovakia

robert provazník
jakub hanzl
anežka kašiarová
martin goča

South Korea

Seoul National University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
woojin an

Spain

lluis marcet
andrea horas

Portugal

University of Minho - Campus of Gualtar (Universidade do Minho - Campus de Gualtar)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
bruna braga

South Korea

Hanyang University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
shinhyun lee
yejin yun
minkyung seo
seohee kim

Germany

bastian brückner

Netherlands

federico fiorino
francesco barone

Egypt

Faculty of Fine Arts ‎Architecture Department - Helwan University

+172 points Buildner University Rankings!
hassan mohamed
fayrouz khalid
youssef mohamed
marium hesham

Australia

james li

United States

yiran chen

British Indian Ocean Trty.

Muselab

jasem pirani
aishwarya lakhani
abhishek ajwani
zainab basha

Canada

sonja schweiger
claudia jaegerman

Peru

pablo landeo mochcco

Greece

lukas goumas
georgia ntoutsi

United Kingdom

Mackintosh School of Architecture - The Glasgow School of Art

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
alexandra baidac

United States

Diablo Valley College

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
nadeem mohiuddin

Pakistan

aleeya khan
aleeya. design studio (pvt.) ltd.
 

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