Introduction



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.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Museum of 
Emotions

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 #5 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.

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Prizes

TOTAL PRIZE FUND

7,000 €

1ST PLACE

3,500 €

2ND PLACE

1,500 €

3RD PLACE

1,000 €

Buildner Student Award

1,000 €

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6 Honorable mentions & certificates

Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

Buildner's publicity campaign offers extensive exposure to the architectural community, ensuring that the results of the competition are seen by a vast audience:

Buildner's two million

The results are published on buildner.com, a leading website in the architecture industry, attracting over one million unique visitors annually. Additionally, the campaign extends to Buildner's social networks, which boast over 800,000 followers combined, and through newsletter campaigns reaching over 200,000 subscribers.

Feature in a book

Winners will be featured in the book.

Interview and movie

Winners will have the opportunity to submit a movie and an interview, boosting their recognizability and helping to build their name in the industry.

Extensive media network

Buildner leverages an extensive network of media industry leaders to publish the competition results. This broadens the audience further, ensuring that participants' work is showcased across multiple platforms known for their influence and reach in the architecture and design sectors.

Publicity

ArchDaily feature

As part of the collaboration between Buildner and ArchDaily, the competition winners will be showcased on ArchDaily, a leading architecture news platform.

This feature will greatly boost the winners' visibility to millions of architecture professionals and enthusiasts worldwide, increasing their chances for new opportunities, attracting new clients, and establishing their reputation in the industry.

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ADVANCED

25 Apr - 10 Jul

100 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

90 €

full award package

70 €

no monetary award

LAST MINUTE

11 Jul - 19 Sep

120 €

full award package

90 €

no monetary award

110 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

ADVANCED

25 Apr - 10 Jul

100 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

90 €

full award package

70 €

no monetary award

LAST MINUTE

11 Jul - 19 Sep

120 €

full award package

90 €

no monetary award

110 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

+4.5% VAT


STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. 

Send us ([email protected]) a request from your university email address and basic information about yourself and your university/school. Only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

Jury

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]  

Bartosz Haduch

NArchitekTURA

Poland

Françoise N’Thépé

Françoise N'THEPE - Architecture & Design

France

Julien De Smedt

JDS Architects

Denmark

Lydia Kallipoliti

Tallin Architecture Biennale, ANAcycle thinktank

USA

Nuno Pimenta

NUNO PIMENTA

Portugal

Jürgen Mayer H

founding partner of J.MAYER.H und Partner

Germany

Stephanie Deumer

Visual Artist

USA

Lei Zheng

Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects

UK

As this is an ideas competition, participants are free to choose any site location, real or imaginary.
Participants are asked to dedicate one exhibition hall to negative emotions and one to positive emotions. The exact type of emotions for each hall is not defined. Participants may propose multiple positive and negative emotions for each hall.
As this is an idea competition, participants may propose alternative approaches to the competition brief, however, we would recommend participants to follow the defined rules asking them to dedicate one exhibition hall to negative emotions and one to positive emotions.
For this competition, participants are not allowed to use any text, including but not limited to concept description room tags (e.g.: reception, exhibition hall, etc.) view names (e.g.: floor plan, section, etc.) scale (e.g.: M 1:500, etc.) or project title. The purpose of the “no text” requirement is to ask participants to communicate their design using only images (sketches, 3D perspectives, diagrams, etc.).
For this competition, participants are not allowed to use any text, including but not limited to concept description, room tags (e.g.: reception, exhibition hall, etc.) view names (e.g.: floor plan, section, etc.) scale (e.g.: M 1:500, etc.) or project title. The purpose of the “no text” requirement is to ask participants to communicate their design using only images (sketches, 3D perspectives, diagrams, etc.).
Participants may propose additional functions, however, it is not required.
To register, simply click on “Register Now,” fill out all necessary fields, select your preferred payment method, and submit your details. You will be redirected to PayPal or a card payment gateway to settle the competition fee. Upon confirmation of your payment, we will send you an email containing your Unique Identification Code (UIC). You must then log in to your Buildner account using your architecture.info credentials and validate your UIC to complete the process. Learn more here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/how-to-enter-a-competition
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline. Learn more here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/how-to-add-team-members-after-april-2023
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a lpreviously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here - architecturecompetitions.com/resubmit-your-design
As AI-generated images may be based on pre-existing work or generated using proprietary algorithms, it is best to check the specific terms and conditions of the AI tool used to generate the image to determine its ownership status. It may also be necessary to seek legal advice to fully understand the ownership rights and any restrictions that may apply. In general, it is not recommended to consider AI-generated images as your sole work or intellectual property unless you have obtained explicit permission to do so.