Annual International Architecture Competition

Timber
Pavilion

Material studies. Edition #1

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Timber
Pavilion

Buildner is excited to announce the results of its first annual Timber Pavilion competition!

This competition was organized to draw innovative ideas from around the world focused on the promise and potential of wood construction. Competition participants were tasked with choosing a site for a temporary pavilion built of timber which showcases an exhibition about timber as a construction material. The purpose of the pavilion is to explore the history and merits of timber as a construction material, push the limits of its use, and highlight its versatility and durability. The pavilion should not exceed 50 m2.

Buildner worked with an international jury panel with a range of experiences in wood construction and timber design. The jury included: Sam Brown, co-founder of Glasgow-based O’DonnellBrown; Jan Clostermann, Founding Director of CLOU architects in Beijing, China; Katsuya Fukushima, founder of Tokyo-based architectural office FT Architects; Aaron Forrest, co-founding Principal of Ultramoderne; Jürgen Mayer H., founding partner of J.MAYER.H und Partner; and Hans Jakob Wagner, research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart.

Buildner and its jury panel congratulate the winners and thank each participant for submitting ideas to this event.

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Timber
Pavilion

Material studies. Edition #1
1st Prize Winner+
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Rough Cut: A pavilion for the re-use and future of timber

Authors

Emma Jurczynski

United Kingdom

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture competitions are an excellent provocation for creative exploration. They are a fun opportunity to explore new ideas and develop or challenge existing ones playfully.

Jury commentary

Rough Cut is a proposal for a pavilion constructed of reused or leftover timber elements. The chosen site in industrial Red Hook, NY, USA is adjacent to an IKEA store. The jury writes: “This submission embodies how we should be thinking about timber in the present day and future. The scrap and left overs in the buildings industry offer a huge potential to rethink the design process according to the availability of the construction material. The overall design concept is a framework that embraces a variety of building materials within its bold geometrical space. The project has the potential to provide a template for how we should approach material usage in the future. Quirky, playful and interactive, this unusual design promotes a commendable agenda for re-using timber. It proposes an open-end system, which cleverly uses the flexibility of wood and allows for the participation of various people in the making. It succeeds in creating an ample and casual space with such a small and simple system. On the other hand, the details of joints and the rules for each member are unclear. It feels as if it restricts the shape and size of the timber used for the structure even though its central concept is about reuse.”

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Timber Pavilion - A multi-sensory experience of wood

Authors

Matteo Fraticelli
Motomi Morii
Martin Lee

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We participate in architecture competitions as they provide a positive environment to further develop architectural research while stimulating creativity to produce experimental, yet adequate design solutions.

Jury commentary

Inspired by American wood frame construction, the pavilion proposes an exoskeleton of timber framing that contrasts with a smooth and curved interior, highlighting the versatility of wood as a constructive material. The monumental structure is proposed for a park site at the perimeter of Manhattan, where it would juxtapose with the metropolitan skyline beyond. The jury writes: “As a counterpart to the urban sculptures of high-rises in a metropolis this proposal provokes a dialogue in tension between the large scale skyline and an intimate place in a public space. Simple sticks refer to the history of timber construction in the US which nowadays seems to be mainly alive in mundane suburban homes. This project proposes a different direction. The project shows a beautifully rendered clear, innovative and realizable concept. It celebrates American wood frame construction, which excells in simplicity and efficiency. Yet typical details of wood frames are usually hidden, as their tectonic realization is not geared towards visibility but rather cost savings. As such, it would have been crucial to this project to come up with a frame connection detail that combines the historical roots of frame construciton but is articulated for high visibility - as these connections will dominate the appearance of the pavilion.”

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Timber Ribbon

Authors

Will Gant
Michael Brudi
Carly Le

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We enter competitions to explore spatial ideas more freely. To speak up and ask questions. We have found the process eye-opening and encourage all those curious about space, shelter, enclosure to do the same.

Jury commentary

Timber Ribbon is a proposal for a series of timber telephone poles driven into the earth that suspend a sweeping laminated timber canopy. The designer notes: “The pavilion delivers a new and fresh sense of enclosure with familiar, cost-effective materials.” The design features a series of semi enclosed spaces that intend to perform as social condensers and an escape from the city. The jury writes: “A beautiful concept that deserves to be engineered, tested, and built. Choosing a log and a curved surface is a creative choice when considering wood as a material. The space created from that choice loses the notion of inside and outside: creating a maze-like experience with such a simple design. The structural rationalities and the details of joints are unclear, however the proposal is fresh and strong enough to make up for these shortcomings.”

ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Hanging Ceilings

Authors

Diego Sierra Mora

University

Mxiber
+72 points!

Mexico

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We enter competitions to explore spatial ideas more freely. To speak up and ask questions. We have found the process eye-opening and encourage all those curious about space, shelter, enclosure to do the same.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The Monolith

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Predrag Vujanovic

Project Name

The red cloud

Country

Uruguay

Project authors

Gabriel Rodríguez Apolito
Franco Allia

Project Name

The Seasoning Theatre

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Casper Hijlkema
Daria Kristal

Project Name

BRÄDGÅRD

University

Faculty of engineering, lth , lund university
+72 points!

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Vilhelm Tham
Felix Olofsson
Svante Hallgren
Adam Rydén

Project Name

EMERGERE

University

Accademia di architettura, accademia di architettura di mendrisio
+72 points!

Country

Switzerland

Project authors

Michele Blaser
Lucia Thea Zanti

Project Name

Wooden Accordion

University

Rwth aachen university, rheinisch-westfälische technische hochschule aachen
+72 points!

Country

Germany

Project authors

Maximilian Lesch

Shortlisted projects

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Sweden

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+22 points!
nils dremo
axel leksell
nicholas jackson

Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia

+22 points!
yim fong yee (ally)

United States

Syracuse University

+22 points!
yifan shen
jacob chong

Italy

gianmarco rocco

United Kingdom

emma jurczynski

United States

will gant
michael brudi
carly le

Indonesia

American University of Sharjah

+22 points!
muhammad faruqi

Italy

elisa cavagnero
davide brunetti
deniz gemici
alessandra pederneschi

United States

anahi wood
kevin llamas

Germany

hoang pham

Germany

simon göbel
tammo frey
marie weidinger
nicholas rentsch

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
adela moss

Poland

Warsaw University of Technology , Politechnika Warszawska

+22 points!
emil micewicz
wienczesław georgiev
maciej smoleński

Germany

RWTH Aachen University, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

+72 points!
maximilian lesch

United States

University of California, UC Berkeley

+22 points!
yanyan zhang

Sweden

elena kanevsky
weronika zaborek
vladimir ondejcik
maria orvesten

South Africa

marie herbst

Finland

katariina sewón

Mexico

basilio tager
oscar emilio pontón

South Africa

david vermeulen

China

yungang chen
fang han
wangrui zhang
siling zhu

Sweden

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+72 points!
vilhelm tham
felix olofsson
svante hallgren
adam rydén

Italy

davide costa

France

gabriel foulquier-gazagnes

United States

ashley lepre

Uruguay

gabriel rodríguez apolito
franco allia

United Kingdom

francesco stefanini

Netherlands

casper hijlkema
daria kristal

United States

matteo fraticelli
motomi morii
martin lee

Canada

Ryerson University

+22 points!
dareen abuaboud
sara shuaib

Mexico

Universidad Iberoamericana, IBERO

+72 points!
diego sierra mora

United Kingdom

alan morrissey

France

jacques veyre de soras
manon renault

Australia

shiny son

Canada

Ryerson University

+22 points!
ashwin subramaniyan meenakshi sundaram
rick martell

Sweden

predrag vujanovic

Poland

weronika plata
wiktor stankiewicz

Austria

milica karamarkovic

Switzerland

Accademia di Architettura, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio

+72 points!
michele blaser
lucia thea zanti

Ukraine

dmytro melnyk
 

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