We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the Honorable mention of our “Pavilosta Poet Huts ” competition - Francesco Ceccato, Barbara Lučić and Joana Koslowski from Germany!
Honorable mention from Germany
We are three colleagues working at the same architectural office in Munich.
Francesco (Italian) has the most of the experience. After finishing his studies in Ferrara, Italy he moved firstly to Hamburg, where he worked on various projects and then to Munich. His focus is mainly on social housing. Apart from that he took part in Europan 10 where the project for “Urban Piers” won an honourable mention.
Joana (German) is the creative mind of the trio who studied architecture both in Düsseldorf and Munich. Before joining the current office she worked as a freelance architect where she supported the competition departments of various offices. Her Master’s thesis “Carrara thermal bad” was awarded an honourable mention by the Association of German architects. After finishing her Bachelor’s Thesis in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Barbara (Croatian) moved to Munich to pursue her Master’s studies. She works on housing projects and occasionally supports the urban planning chair at the university.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?
Sustainable architecture means for us to design places in which people can identify and that can be lived in multiple ways. Spaces of which people can take possession. That includes paying attention to planning common spaces, and on the other hand, the identity of the space. The indistinct nostalgia that permeates our time is an ambiguous mix of collective memories, past elements, genius loci and desires about the future. This nostalgia is a big source of inspiration that can be used to create evocative architecture. This empathic relation to the spaces is what we’re most interested in.
Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?
This is our first experience working together. Due to the different types of our focus of our work as architects, it was a challenge to combine all of those areas of knowledge and methodology that drove us to combine our forces and create a common project that would speak the architectural language of all of the team members. Architecture competitions are a free pass to a world of possibilities that is not limited by budget and norms. The attraction of it as experienced architects is undeniable. Competitions are also an occasion to think about methodology and question the way we do architecture in our everyday professional life.
What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?
Based on the fact that this is our first collective competition we do not feel competent enough to advise other individuals, but are more than glad to share some of our guidelines: use lateral thinking and define a few parameters for the concept, keep it slender and do not focus on the result, remember the journey is as important as the destination, do not sacrifice the complexity of your work; and always have fun working with your team!
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