Architecture Competition Office 2021 Design Challenge Honorable mention - Yeonghwa Choe and Hakyeong Jeon

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Office 2021 Design Challenge" competition – Yeonghwa Choe and Hakyeong Jeon from South Korea!

Honorable mention winners from South Korea

YHK is a design practice based in Rotterdam and Seoul. The office has been working on various projects in Europe since 2021, after being selected as an outstanding Korean design practice for the Architectural Design Human Resource Development Project organized by Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA).

After graduating with B.Arch from Soongsil University in 2016, they have experienced various companies of different scales and cultures, ranging from Magicarch (Madrid), Mecanoo (Delft), Lifethings, Society of Architecture, 5PA, Haeahn to Doseerock (Seoul). Yeonghwa Choe is currently an MSc Architecture candidate in TU Delft and Hakyeong Jeon is working as a junior architect at Groosman Architecture.

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?

Starting with the proposal of a community home in Portugal and a new prototype of office space in the Netherlands last year, the company recently proposed and carried out a project to design a crematorium in the Alderney area within Channel Island.

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

Architects are in a position to continuously provide a new environment in the existing society. If so, it is necessary to think deeply about what character the space should have. Currently, our city faces two major problems: environmental problems and polarization. Architects will need hybrid thinking about these problems. At the same time, such a space should serve as an archipelago that can maintain dialectical tension in contrast to the existing city. There will be new relationships and atmosphere in the space. Ultimately, the priority is to identify architecture that resists invisible forces and to create the design for all the ‘otherized’ things which exist in the city.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

As explained earlier, as an architect, we have been interested in otherized and capitalized spaces. In particular, our team thought that the existing way of working and domestic space intensifies the problems of the current capitalist society. We participated in this competition to think about how our society should change beyond how the relationship between two programs should change in the future.

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

We think there is a difference in the mindset between the project conducted through the competition and the request of the client. The latter is a passive way for projects to proceed according to a set process, schedule and capital, while the former will be an active opportunity to freely propose ideas as architects by their own will. Is architecture the only building that's built? Although it may end with suggestions of ideas, these active thinking opportunities and suggestions will enrich society.

Open architecture competitions

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    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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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
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
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

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Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
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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
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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
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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
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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
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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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
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 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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