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 – Lukas Mühle, Victoria Konuk and Timm Traxler from Germany!

Lukas Mühle, Victoria Konuk and Timm Traxler from Germany

We are a loose collective of three Munich-based architects, working on different projects of various scales. Apart from our own projects, we work together in the same architectural office. Our work reaches from the first design stages of feasibility studies and competitions to detailed planning. Lukas and Timm graduated from the Technische Universität Munich, while Victoria completed her studies at the Technische Hochschule Nuremberg. All three of us contribute with our academical experiences and personal perspectives from our studies and internships in London, Barcelona, Delft, Stuttgart, and Zürich to our collective idea of architecture.

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?

We are interested in conceptional and sustainable design in different scales. Honestly, we usually do projects in a bigger scale, like big office buildings or residential houses with many units. That is why we were interested in this competition  – designing a small-scale building to deal more with topics like atmosphere, light, and material.

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

We see the potential in architecture to improve people's lives and find innovative solutions to problems of the present and the future. We believe that architecture always reacts to its surrounding context. We understand architecture not only as the built environment, but also as an aesthetical, social, economic, cultural, and ecological idea. For every project, we try to find our own position within its specific context. Built architecture is an expression of society.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

First of all, the three of us are very passionate about our job and love discussing architecture, creating concepts and spaces, and communicating our ideas trough drawings and illustrations. So, participating in competitions also means simply having a good time with colleagues and friends. Second of all, we aim to take part in a wider, maybe even international, discussion about what architecture can give to spaces and people. Competitions offer a great chance for young academics or small firms to show their work.

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

We think that architecture is a process to find the best of all possible solutions. Every competition or design task offers the possibility to think about new topics, and this is what makes the work of an architect so varied and exciting. So, each project provides the possibility to gain new experience, to learn, and to develop a unique architectural attitude.

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