Architecture Competition Office 2021 Design Challenge Honorable mention - CLINE DESIGN ASSOCIATES

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Office 2021 Design Challenge" competition – Martin Chavanne, Shawn Michael, Libby Pelzel and Dan Rider from United States!

Honorable mention from United States

Established in 1989 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cline Design is an integrated design firm dedicated to creating impactful communities by amplifying the expansive boundaries of design through careful listening and thoughtful research. With the seamless union of architecture, land planning, and interior design studios, the team has effectively implemented advanced design solutions for the past 30+ years that celebrate each site’s uniqueness and foster togetherness. By considering each site’s context, Cline Design creates spaces that morph seamlessly within its existing environments, while simultaneously respecting its surrounding history and culture with practical and sustainable design solutions.

Cline Design has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, and employs 110 professionals including more than 30 registered architects. The firm has been both nationally and locally recognized, with its most recent accolades including the 2021 Multi-Family Executive Awards Merit Winner for Best Unit Design and Merit Winner for Mixed-Use Development, as well as the 2019 AIA North Carolina Firm Award.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Cline Design has designed countless multi-family, mixed-use, retail, office, corporate, and hospitality projects throughout the southeast. The scale of projects varies but typically ranges from 5-story mid-rises to 13+-story high-rises containing strictly residential units or a combination of residential and commercial space. They have collaborated on noteworthy projects recognized for their quality architecture, stunning interiors, and luxurious amenities that set the bar high for a new standard of living.

Peace Raleigh Apartments is in downtown Raleigh and has catalyzed future developments rejuvenating the once underutilized historic neighborhood called Smoky Hollow. It includes 417 apartments, a 45,000 square foot Publix, a two-story creative space for office or retail use, and an integrated parking deck. The ground-floor Publix was a long-awaited arrival for the community, as it was and still is, the first and only national grocer to call downtown Raleigh home.

Willard Street Apartments is North Carolina's first transit-oriented affordable housing project and includes 82 units with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space located at the intersection of Jackson and Willard Streets. Positioned next to Durham’s downtown transit station, the four-story community is constructed atop a two-story parking podium. The complex has 39 one- bedroom and 43 two-bedroom units with three-quarters of the units set aside for those whose annual household income is 60 percent or below Durham's average. The development enhances the quality of life for low-income residents by offering easy access to the city's main bus hub, free high-speed internet, a private playground, local art throughout, and a non-profit dental clinic on the first floor for uninsured residents. Additional residential amenities include an elevated plaza on top of the parking podium with a picnic shelter, as well as a fitness center, business center, community multipurpose room and kitchen, laundry facilities, and on-site management.

Foster on the Park is a newly built mixed-use development located adjacent to Durham Central Park offering 162 units and 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The development has revitalized the urban infill site by partnering with the City of Durham and Durham Central Park Inc. to fund a new plaza at the park's entrance and transforming a portion of Rooney Street that runs through the park into a woonerf - or a living street - open to multiple modes of travel. The new concept slows down traffic and creates more pedestrian-friendly space, opening a portion of the park that has been underutilized for years.

Thoughtful place-making is elevated with a local artist's custom mural alongside Foster on the Park's building facing the public park. The Glass Jug Beer Lab occupies Foster's retail space and offers a direct connection from the transformed park to their outdoor patio and seating, bringing more foot traffic to the area in addition to Durham's Food Hall across the street.

The development is NGBS Green Certified and offers on-site amenities including a rooftop terrace overlooking the city and park, resident library, yoga room, 24-hour fitness center, and resort-style saltwater pool and lounge equipped with grills and fire pits.

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

Simply put, architecture is all about creating experiences within space. This experience is a synthesis of function and emotion. Form, tectonics, craft, color, light, texture, sound, reflection, and shadow are all tangible ways to illicit emotion. However, we must also be keenly aware of the history of the place, current societal values, and community aspirations to create something that is specific for its place and its users. An architect’s job is to filter and distill all this information into a powerful idea that sparks the soul of building users, passersbys, and of the community in general.

Architects have a unique position to improve the quality of life in society. We have a responsibility to positively affect our communities and culture. To us, architecture is a tool to achieve the above statements through function and aesthetic. We get to enjoy the process of design, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We participate in competitions because we enjoy collaborating across studio teams and exploring new ideas. Competitions keep us involved in design conversations outside of our firm’s projects and portfolio. Thinking critically about the prompt and our proposed solution helps us deepen our understanding of design and architecture.

Throughout the competition process, we enjoy pushing the limits of the programs we use every day. This allows us to strengthen our understanding of the software and then apply what we’ve learned to future endeavors. We continually work to push the boundaries and develop better ways to graphically represent our ideas. Most importantly, competitions are fun, and our team loves a good challenge!

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

Although it can be tough to manage design competitions on top of a full work and life schedule, competitions are great ways to keep the joy of designing alive. By nature, we are a profession full of dreamers. Architectural competitions offer the perfect platform for such thinking. They allow us to think outside the box without the constraints of a budget, using an uninterrupted design flow. Putting together competition boards is also a great way to practice crafting a narrative with graphic representation.

 

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
project COMPETITION
Sansusī Forest Food Court

Design a sustainable food court structure for the heart of a classical music festival

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jan 10
Feb 08
Apr 06
project COMPETITION
Yoga House in the Bog

Design a yoga guest house located within rich bog wildlife

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jan 11
Feb 08
Apr 26
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #6

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Feb 16
Apr 18
Jun 16
ideas COMPETITION
Museum of Emotions
Edition #3

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 17
May 19
Jul 21
ideas COMPETITION
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #2

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 23
May 25
Jul 27
Run repeatedly
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
Register now
Run repeatedly
Portable Reading Rooms
Edition #2

Design a portable reading room that encourages reading in any location

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + SCOLARSHIP
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Feb 13
Mar 23
May 15
Register now
Run repeatedly
Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
Register now
Run repeatedly
Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
Register now
Run repeatedly
Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact
Edition #2

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 27
May 25
Jul 24
Register now
Run repeatedly
Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
Register now

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
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
Register now
T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt
Edition #18

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Feb 28
Mar 31
Apr 30
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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO COMPETITION
The Buildner Architecture Portfolio Competition
Edition #1

Submit your online portfolio!

Prize: 5,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Dec 31
Jan 31
Feb 28
Register now

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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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