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Buildner is thrilled to announce the results of its second annual Portable Reading Rooms international competition! In collaboration with MArch Valencia, this competition sought designs for small structures to be embedded in existing public spaces worldwide, creating intimate meditative spaces for reading and book exchange. The competition received remarkable submissions from talented architects and designers, and a distinguished international jury panel, including renowned architects Rami Bebawi, Nancy Beka, Fernando Brunel, Dan Dorocic, Nicole McIntosh, Martin Olivera, Fran Silvestre, Rogelio Vallejo Bores, and Cristina Verissimo, played a crucial role in the evaluation process.
The 1st prize was awarded to Marianne Charbonneau, Mélanie Hamel-Auger, Charles-Antoine Lauzon, and Sandrine Arguin from Canada for their project 'Them,' which features a polycarbonate box with a symbolic wormhole-like opening, transporting readers into different mental states. The 2nd prize winners, Danielle Beaulieu and Melanie Monastirsky from the United States, presented 'Tight Knit,' a versatile outdoor reading space that emphasizes the tactile experience of reading. The 3rd prize went to Gi Giannone, also from the United States, for 'Attract, Explore, Read,' a structure guiding visitors through private and public spaces with a central bookshelf system.
The Student and Sustainability award was granted to Yu Hsiang Hsieh, Chu Hua Huang, Jia Pei Lin, and Yen Ting Chou from National Cheng Kung University for their proposal 'Reading Craft,' featuring a translucent, pill-shaped capsule framed within a fabric-clad box, stimulating imagination like the act of reading. Lastly, Max Gerber and Eitan Adrián Guzmán Cuéllar from Germany were awarded the scholarship by MArch Valencia, supporting their further education.
Buildner and its jury panel extend heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and express gratitude to each participating team for their impressive proposals.
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Buildner Sustainability and Student Award