It may not be your first instinct when entering a building to consider how it makes you feel, but architecture has always had a big impact on emotions. Different spaces are designed to make their inhabitants feel different things; offices can make you feel energised and productive, art galleries can make you feel thoughtful and curious, and museums can make you feel calm and intrigued. Each of these spaces is completely different from each other and is far more than just a building.
As part of a series of annual architecture competitions, the Museum of Emotions competition is tasking participants with using architecture as a tool to bring out different emotions. They are asked to design a museum that includes two separate exhibition halls that bring out contrasting emotions – one inducing negative emotions, and the other inducing positive emotions.
Participants are free to choose the specific emotions they incite with their designs – fear, anger, anxiety, love, happiness, laughter, etc. The purpose of the Museum of Emotions is to use architecture as the primary tool to create emotional states, through consideration of the scales of the spaces, the journey through the space, colour, lighting, and material choice.
As this is an ideas competition, participants are free to choose any site location, real or imaginary, as well as the size of their structure.
Museum of Emotions / Edition #4 is one of Buildners' silent competitions, in which participants must communicate their ideas without the use of any text. The design concept and thinking behind it must all be communicated solely through the use of visuals.
Download full competition brief for more information!
Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.
The full competition brief
The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.
6 Honorable mentions & certificates
Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.
The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:
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Results published on buildner.com - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
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Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
The competition winners will be granted an opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on Buildner's website and social networks.
The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.
Key datesSend reminders
30 January 2024
6 February 2024
In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
No new questions will be answered after this deadline.
4 March 2024
16 April 2024
Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.
All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]
Julien De Smedt
founder and director of JDS Architects
Daniela Holt Voith
principal and director of design, Voith & Mactavish Architects
Tallin Architecture Biennale, ANAcycle thinktank
Design Principal in HMC Architects
founder of FRANÇOISE N’THÉPÉ ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
noa* network of architecture