Architecture Competition Sleeping Pods On A Cliff Honorable mention – Gabriela Rolka, Jonathan Bourhis and François Barcelo Chatellier

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Sleeping Pods On A Cliff” competition – Gabriela Rolka, Jonathan Bourhis and François Barcelo Chatellier from France!

François Barcelo Chatellier, Gabriela Rolka and Jonathan Bourhis from France

studionativ was founded in 2020 by François, Gabriela, and Jonathan, who met 10 years ago at the University of Architecture of Nantes, France.

After developing a solid experience in Nantes, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Milano, and London, they have decided to foster their respective know-how and appetite for architecture into a studio based both in Bordeaux and Brest, two iconic cities with a strong cultural and historical identity feeding their imagination.

Beyond a true friendship, what connects the three, partners is a multidisciplinary and creative approach which lies at the edge of architecture, design and craftsmanship.

Today, studionativ is in the process of developing projects within various environments, scales, and programs, while strongly believing in a more sensible and responsible approach from a social and ecological perspective.

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?

After experiencing large-scale projects, like residential schemes, metro stations, urban planning, and educational buildings, the three partners had a strong appetite for coming back into a more sensible, approachable, and creative field. studionativ focuses on smaller scale projects, from furniture and interior design to micro architecture, while also demonstrating through rehabilitation how to reduce the impact of new build. In that perspective, they have recently delivered a house rehabilitation and extension in Brittany, offering a new relation to the coastal environment, while also delivering a renovation of an old apartment in the historical center of Bordeaux. Today, the practice is developing a new extension project in Brittany from reclaimed timber, as well as working on the rehabilitation of a listed countryside house by the Garonne river in the South West of France.

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

We believe architecture must care about the relationship and the synergy between humans and their environment. It can be translated into questioning the uses and their new definition facing our evolving lifestyles, as well as assuming a more responsible role through the use of relevant and durable materiality. We like to think that architecture, like the seasons, is made of movement and must be able to adapt to the changes of tomorrow. It is essential that architects are involved in society, in its broadest expression, in order to draw new relationships.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

An architectural competition is an extraordinary opportunity to take a step back and challenge our capacities to deliver a new project. Even though some ideas are deeply anchored in our conceptual reflex, we have to go beyond and reshuffle the dice.
It is an exciting time to open ourselves to new subjects, new landscapes, and new practices. What we particularly enjoy is debating our ideas to turn them into a vision which would eventually become a built project.

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

Even though sometimes it seems complex to enroll in a competition because of its program or specific needs, it always leads to unexpected responses, which enhances our reflections.

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
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08

Reccuring architecture competitions

Run repeatedly
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

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

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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Run repeatedly
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
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Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt / June 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 1,000 € Monthly
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Jun 20
Jun 30
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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 #2 (2020)

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