We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st and Student prize winners of our "Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins" competition – Doni Hallko and Debora Di Francesco from Italy!

1st prize winners from Italy

We are students of Architecture at the University of Camerino, in Italy, currently we are working on the graduate thesis.

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 have worked on all the architectural scales, from the territorial to the interior. What matters is that design is able to allude to all levels of reading that you aspire to, without one prevailing over the other. Because a building is never just a building.

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

A life is not enough to have a satisfactory answer to this question. But for the moment we can say that it seems that architecture very often has to do with the will to communicate something. It seems to us that it is always an act of communication. In these terms, the architect could be a sort of privileged witness and a responsible actor.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

It would take a good psychologist to know. Something magical and fascinating happens during architectural competitions. Just think of two people who have never met, do not speak the same language, live in different places, at different times, and despite this they communicate with each other. We feel this powerful fascination and when we have something to say,  we cannot resist the temptation to be part of it.

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

We do not feel in a position to give advice to anyone.

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