International Architecture Competition

Archhive Books'
Portable Reading
Rooms

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Archhive Books' 
Portable Reading
Rooms

Official Partners

Archhive Books' 
Portable Reading
Rooms Archhive Books' 
Portable Reading
Rooms

Bee Breeders has partnered with ARCHHIVE BOOKS to organize a competition for portable reading rooms that could be easily assembled and disassembled in cities around the world. The intent of the project is to construct a modular book-sharing structure, to promote reading and establish community spaces with free access to printed literature - accessible libraries for adults and children alike. The competition is part of Bee Breeders small-scale architecture appreciation movement.

ARCHHIVE BOOKS is a new print publication series intended to connect architects, startups, investors, entrepreneurs, and both for- and non-profit organizations engaged in various ways of solving topical issues, such as the global affordable housing crisis. With its forthcoming volumes, it hopes to build a new type of community for sharing ideas.

The portable reading room project is one of many projects by Bee Breeders meant to bring together and implement design ideas from around the world. A simple but important space, the portable reading room is also meant to make architecture ideas more accessible. Winners of this design competition were chosen based on their ability to be implemented, and also for their innovative thinking.

Bee Breeders and ARCHHIVE BOOKS would like to thank all participants for their submissions.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

NAMELESS SKY

Authors

Lorenzo Sizzi
Müge Yürüten

Italy

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We believe that participating in a competition is an extremely stimulating opportunity to express pure ideas and to experiment a multidisciplinary design by researching and involving different perspectives within the creative flow of architecture.

Jury commentary

The proposal consists of a 9m² wooden open-air platform topped by an enclosure of iridescent foil. Entitled 'Nameless Sky', it contains two interior seats and bookshelves accessible from the perimeter. It is a symbolic project. It forces users to bend down to pick up books or to sit within the structure, emphasizing reading as an act requiring concentration and work. The synthetic sky above is an allusion to one's imagination. The jury was impressed by project's simple representation, yet complex ideas.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

The Reading Corner

Authors

Renata Wuerkert

Brazil

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I have had different reasons for participating in architecture vision competitions. Exploring other ways of approaching a project with a diversified team, discussing specific themes that are often neglected by my school, investigating other scales. However, there is always a common reason, to think outside the box.

Jury commentary

'The Reading Corner' is a modular tent-like structure comprised of 5 wooden panels threaded and held together with a series of light steel tension cables, and topped by a translucent fabric for protection from the elements. The construction offers an intimate reading space. It is also a place to quietly share thoughts or quotations - mobile block letters on tiny shelves can be rearranged by users on a wall embedded with small shelves that hold the text. The jury questions the form and displacement of the book-sharing station from the main structure. However, the project seems easy to fabricate with simple materials, and one can easily imagine this as a popular destination within a park or city plaza.

3rd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Floating Books

Authors

Wenhao Nie

University

Nanchang university
+122 points!

China

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

It has a novel topic and inspires my thoughts, allowing me to learn how other people think about the same problem, which is a very interesting and meaningful experience.

Jury commentary

'Floating Books' makes use of gas-filled balloons to generate a new type of urban landmark that can be easily transported through a city. The structure demands attention - it is other-wordly and ephemeral, and the designer is clearly attempting to attract people to this urban element as a means to generate interest in the books it carries. The intention of the project is admirable, though the jury questions its ability to be implemented in a sustainable way.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

ASTRA

Authors

Joanna Abi Nader
Ragheed Abi Hassan

Lebanon

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture vision competitions give us an opportunity to test our creativity and come up with something that is close to pure fiction. It is an experience we enjoy returning to after a long, dull day of constraints. As a startup, we also find architecture competitions an efficient way to build up our experience while revamping our portfolio.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The Word Weaver

University

University of stuttgart
+72 points!

Country

Malta

Project authors

Sacha Cutajar

Project Name

Custom your own library!

Country

South Korea

Project authors

Youngchan Kang
Dongyeop Kim
Jihan Lee

Project Name

Along the river

Country

France

Project authors

Sixtine Bodard
Antoine Bouffard-Hanss

Project Name

BookShell

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Davor Robitschko
Réka Komsa

Project Name

Flyleaf

Company

Smrt

Country

United States

Project authors

Ashley Lepre
Philip Chaney
Lodrys Gomez
Scott Pakulski

Project Name

...NaBaLa...

Country

United States

Project authors

Nick Safley
Ben Cyvas
Vince Noce

Shortlisted projects

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Germany

Leibniz University Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover

+22 points!
ann-kristin müller
amely werner

South Korea

youngchan kang
dongyeop kim
jihan lee

United States

philip claghorn
kuo-jui lai

Italy

Foro studio srl

salvatore ponzo
alessandro pennesi
fabio romenici
claudia oldani

Germany

The Technical University of Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, TU Berlin

+22 points!
edda meinertz
jakob albrecht

United States

University of California, UC Berkeley

+22 points!
julia wilson
daphne caron
sarah dey
nicholas doerschlag

United States

St. Olaf College

+22 points!
isaiah scharen

Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

+22 points!
pantelis kazakos
maria mikrou
antonis sontras

United States

nick safley
ben cyvas
vince noce

United States

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

+22 points!
christianna bennett
tricia huang
jonah fields

United States

Smrt

ashley lepre
philip chaney
lodrys gomez
scott pakulski

Lebanon

Offsh

layal merhi
tala sharafeddine
nadine gherez
ramzi naja

Spain

Valencia Polytechnic University (Universitat Politècnica de València UPV)

+22 points!
pedro aparicio

China

Nanchang University

+122 points!
wenhao nie

Poland

University of Fine Arts in Poznań (Uniwersytet Artystyczny im. Magdaleny Abakanowicz w Poznaniu)

+22 points!
ewa szymańska
maria pielach
jędrzej jedwabny

United States

Boston University

+22 points!
kemal akman

United Kingdom

stefania rinaldi
antonio parrotta
paul da silva

Brazil

mariana magalhães costa
gustavo andrade

Germany

Hochschule Hannover

+22 points!
kieu trinh phi van

United Kingdom

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

+22 points!
nikolaos antonoulis

Malta

Universität Stuttgart

+72 points!
sacha cutajar

China

Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, BUCEA

+22 points!
bowen chen
jisojiao li

Italy

Alma Mater Studiorum, The University of Bologna, Università di Bologna, UNIBO

+22 points!
marta bonci

Lebanon

joanna abi nader
ragheed abi hassan

Germany

Technische Universität München , The Technical University of Munich

+22 points!
iana shcherbakova

United States

Eview 360

roger salinas
philip brown
anna asiala
tony clement

Russian Federation

Meta bureau

tatiana an
xenia zvereva
ekaterina arefieva
eugeniy morozov

Bosnia

kenan vatrenjak
nedim mutevelić
asmir mutevelić
ibrica jašarević

New Zealand

University of Auckland

+22 points!
geonhee park

Turkey

Kahraman mimarlık

gülşah kahraman
pınar yazdıç
gülsüm katmer
ayşin poyraz

France

sixtine bodard
antoine bouffard-hanss

Austria

stephanie topf
hans peter bremm
leo schleith
felix boehnlein

United States

South Dakota State University

+22 points!
drew doyle

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
taifu zheng
man ki lo
yangxing zhang
yishu li

Argentina

maria florencia cabrera
maria micaela sommariva

India

udhaya vauhini
cibi veeramani
krishnaa samy
gautham balajee

Singapore

Expression galleries

frances grace lai
chad seah

Turkey

TOBB University of Economics and Technology, TOBB ETÜ

+22 points!
zeynep akdemir
pelin alemdar

Switzerland

timmy huang
leo mathys
louis strologo
 

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