Annual International Architecture Competition

Office 2021 Design
Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Office 2021 Design 
Challenge

Official Partners

Office 2021 Design 
Challenge

Bee Breeders Competition Organisers is excited to present the winning and shortlisted entries submitted to the Office 2021 Design Challenge, hosted in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS.

This was the first edition of an annual competition series in which participants are tasked with exploring workplace design. The ‘new normals’ of working life have been transformed in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and equally so by ever-changing modes of communication and connectivity, included but by no means limited to cloud-based software, video conferencing, email, and social media. The fixed office space and the need for physical proximity to colleagues or clients have been put in question and, in certain industries, altogether eradicated. How does architecture respond to such tests to the physical environment? How can design be used as a tool to improve a worker’s wellbeing and productivity?

The Office 2021 Design Challenge was run in tandem with the Office 2021 Essay Challenge, in which participants were tasked with exploring similar ideas in text-based arguments, thoughts, or studies.

To evaluate the design challenge, Bee Breeders worked with a jury panel including: David Kubik, a partner at NYC-based BKSK Architecture; Dr Juriaan van Meel, co-founder of BriefBuilder, an expert in the field of architectural briefing and workplace design, and co-author of multiple books, including Activity-Based Working Practice Guide (2020), and Workplaces Today (2015); and Simeon Siegel, partner at Turett Collaborative Architects, where he has managed workplace projects.

Bee Breeders and its jury members thank each of the participants for contributing to this library of design ideas, and for instigating new questions related to the future of workplace design.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Authors

Gül Koc-janssen
Kerem Bostan
Surabhi Nigam
Leticia Brown

Company

Gül koc gmbh, interior design + construction services

Germany

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It is not every day, an Architect get a chance to face an exciting design challenge. It is a learning experience. An opportunity to tackle and solve different societal issues by way of architecture. Get excited. Be stimulated. Discover things that could improve status quo. Get recognized. And possibly, share a meaningful contribution to society through your winning solution.

Jury commentary

9² is a community-led coworking space situated along the former Munich S-Bahn, originally- constructed for the 1972 Olympics. Members of this proposed community receive access to the coworking space, while a partnered farmers market along a pedestrian bridge above serves as a revenue source for vendors. The jury writes, “The concept is sleek, attractive, and contemporary. It is quite likely to actually attract office workers back to the office. This proposal positively repurposes an Olympic village transit station for co-working and building community and, like the Olympics, seeks to bring people together by encouraging community engagement. This demonstrates how we can reimagine traditional notions of places to design something more dynamic and less rigidly defined.”

2nd Prize Winner+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

Moss Trees

Authors

Gareth Cotter
Maria Mera Vera

United Kingdom

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architectural competitions can take you out of your comfort zone and present challenges, locations and opportunities you may never have encountered normally. In response you can develop new skills and ideas previously unconceivable. These are be invaluable for broadening your understanding of architecture and be further developed over time.

Jury commentary

Moss Tree aims to develop a form of architecture that contributes positively to the city and its inhabitants via flexible modular design that can be adapted to various brownfield sites. Hexagonal tree-shaped forms act as ‘green offices’, using moss to filter the urban air and creating small forests for social interaction.  The jury commented, “This proposal effectively takes the idea of an open green space that is typically provided as a public park or gathering place, and transforms it into a co-working environment on brownfield sites.  With this proposal, the concept of public green parks can become the environment for reimagined work communities.”

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Trampo: hybrid offices in the favelas

Authors

Julia Stopasolla Copat
Rafael Magno de Moraes
João Carlos Bernardino Júnior
Débora Mendes Nunes Jank

Brazil

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture competitions provide an experience outside your comfort zone, which makes you understand and improve your creative and technical ability to develop projects. In addition, it exercises creation processes and ways of communicating architecture that are beyond the professional routine.

Jury commentary

'Trampo - Hybrid Offices in the Favelas' focuses on the 1 billion people around the world living in informal developments. It chooses a site in Rocinha, Latin America’s largest settlement. The term ‘trampo’ refers to people without fixed income that seek new work each day, claiming that half of the residents in Brazil’s informal developments lost their jobs as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The jury writes, “The proposal's specific design ideas are admirable, but it's greatest contribution is in showing that the "home vs. work" dichotomy is less impactful than the gap between "city-centre vs. periphery". The proposal discusses how the latter split drives larger socio-economic trends, income and opportunity inequality, and imagines the transformative possibility of creating work zones closer to residential zones. If the future of work is going to be truly different, then the biggest change we can make is to move it closer to home. The project is socially relevant and links the insular, controlled office realm with the volatile, ever-changing world of the favela.”

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Home Office

Authors

Ayse Eda Tarakci

University

Sci-arc, southern california institute of architecture
+72 points!

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture competitions offer a productive setting for exploring design ideas by eliminating some of the limitations of the real world.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Rework: Office as Public Space

University

Rmit university, the royal melbourne institute of technology
+74 points!

Country

Australia

Project authors

Yiling Shen
Yuchen Gao

Project Name

The Future Is Soft

Company

Unitedmake

Country

Australia

Project authors

Mond Qu
Sonny Do
Adrian Bonaventura
John Khory

Project Name

wehousework

Country

South Korea

Project authors

Yeonghwa Choe
Hakyeong Jeon

Project Name

Co- working Tetris

Country

China

Project authors

Wenjun Wei
Qi Chen

Project Name

X-boxes constainers office space

University

Jilin jianzhu university - cuecc
+72 points!

Country

China

Project authors

Yan Zichao
Hu Xinchen
Liu Naige

Project Name

OmniPOD

Company

Cline design associates

Country

United States

Project authors

Martin Chavanne
Shawn Michael
Libby Pelzel
Dan Rider

Shortlisted projects

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Australia

The University of Melbourne

+22 points!
kelly chun wai choi
jia wei ng
chu liang

Iraq

University of Technology, Iraq

+22 points!
amenah alani
ameer ahili

Ecuador

Campus Sede Azogues - Universidad Catolica de Cuenca sede Azogues

+22 points!
steven jose mendoza guznay
maría augusta bernal
fernanda inga

China

Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College

+22 points!
mingjia hu
qian chen
tingjun pan
yuchan wang

China

JiLin JianZhu University - CUECC

+72 points!
yan zichao
hu xinchen
liu naige

Australia

Unitedmake

mond qu
sonny do
adrian bonaventura
john khory

Australia

paul cooksey
nelize van wyk
ben wesley
anna braunack myer

Australia

Monash University

+22 points!
qianhe tian

Hungary

Buda-office kft

solongo batsaikhan
gyetvai géza
gyenei attila

South Korea

Hongik University

+22 points!
yeong joon ko
min jeong kim
ji hun kim
hee chan lim

Hong Kong

yuen yan tsang
robert tang
yiu lam lai

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+72 points!
ayse eda tarakci

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
zane mechem
cate evans
cate evans

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
catalina lee

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
stella buckmann de lima netto

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
ziyin gu

Philippines

wilbert regalado jr.
abigail solitario
ross lambojo
irish gordolan

United Kingdom

hardy wong
jiaohua lu
rui liu
mengqing wu

United Kingdom

gareth cotter
maria mera vera

United States

Cline design associates

martin chavanne
shawn michael
libby pelzel
dan rider

Indonesia

University of Indonesia

+22 points!
muhammad rifan budiawan syarif
satria jetmelin
ahmad izzah fadhilah

United States

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

+22 points!
quyngina zhang

Malaysia

wen hui foo
mei teng stephanie choo
li cheng chua
hui lin vanness foo

Australia

RMIT University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

+74 points!
yiling shen
yuchen gao

Singapore

Singapore University of Technology and Design

+22 points!
natalie ng
diane lee

United Arab Emirates

tugce kakirman
jeslyn low
gabrielle moran

South Korea

yeonghwa choe
hakyeong jeon

France

ENSAPLV - Paris La Villette - Architecture, École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-La Villette

+22 points!
hugo letoublon

Germany

Gül koc gmbh, interior design + construction services

gül koc-janssen
kerem bostan
surabhi nigam
leticia brown

Brazil

julia stopasolla copat
rafael magno de moraes
joão carlos bernardino júnior
débora mendes nunes jank

South Korea

Dankook University, DKU International - 단국대학교

+22 points!
geunho min
 

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Competition results

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MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4
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Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
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