Architecture Competition Spirala Community Home 2nd prize winners – Manuel Collado Arpia, Dustin Hernandez Jover and Berta Calle Martos

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winners of our “Spirala Community Home” competition – Manuel Collado Arpia, Dustin Hernandez Jover and Berta Calle Martos from Spain!

Manuel Collado Arpia

I have a PhD in architecture and am the founder of the Madrid-based architectural offices: Manholo 2018–2021, Mi5 architects 1999–2015 – both are small-scale offices with no more than five people engaged.

I´m also an architecture teacher and I´ve been Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London 2011–2018, and actually am teaching regularly as lecturer at the UAH Public School of Architecture in Madrid.

Since 2000, I have been deeply engaged with diverse holistic practices, like Aikido as an instructor, Katsuguen Undo, Zinheng Qigong, and meditation.

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?

These are some of the projects I’ve been involved in, representing a variety of scales, mostly coming from public and some private competitions:
• "80 social housing in San Francisco Javier II" Madrid, 1999.
• "Planning and development Calpe´s seafront" Calpe, Spain, 2000.
• "Planning and development of the Playa del Inglés seafront" Gran Canaria, 2001.
• “Youth Center in Getafe”. Madrid, 2003.
• “Youth Center in Fuenlabrada”. Madrid, 2006.
• “Youth Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid”. Madrid, 2008.
• “Domingo Gascón Square”. Teruel, 2013.
• “School of Musicality” Madrid, 2018.

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

Architecture is the geometry that unfolds human life on earth; this built geometry, in addition to offering us shelter, broadens our way of being and perceiving reality. The architect is the mediator who creates the right space and geometry for each way of life. Since 2018, the studio has also acquired an environmental sensitivity that seeks to integrate architecture, body, and nature in a continuum, understanding the project as a holistic process.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are a public space to discuss ideas and communicate creative architectural processes to society. For my office, it’s the way our work becomes part of a global community.

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

There’s no learning in an isolated creative or architectural process. Ideas flourish within open discussion forums, and that’s why architectural competitions offer great spaces for debate. It's also a constant training to activate creativity when you are surrounded by an “over-professionalized” architectural market.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
project COMPETITION
Sansusī Forest Food Court

Design a sustainable food court structure for the heart of a classical music festival

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 10
Feb 08
Apr 06
project COMPETITION
Yoga House in the Bog

Design a yoga guest house located within rich bog wildlife

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 11
Feb 08
Apr 26
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
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #6

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Feb 16
Apr 18
Jun 16
ideas COMPETITION
Museum of Emotions
Edition #3

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 17
May 19
Jul 21
ideas COMPETITION
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #2

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 23
May 25
Jul 27
Run repeatedly
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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Run repeatedly
Portable Reading Rooms
Edition #2

Design a portable reading room that encourages reading in any location

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + SCOLARSHIP
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Feb 13
Mar 23
May 15
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Run repeatedly
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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Run repeatedly
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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Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact
Edition #2

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 27
May 25
Jul 24
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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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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt
Edition #18

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Feb 28
Mar 31
Apr 30
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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO COMPETITION
The Buildner Architecture Portfolio Competition
Edition #1

Submit your online portfolio!

Prize: 5,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Dec 31
Jan 31
Feb 28
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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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