Foreword

Buildner is pleased to announce the results of the Underbridge international architecture competition, the 17th in a series of competitions focused on finding design solutions for affordable housing challenges in cities around the globe. Visit Buildner books to read more about our publications on affordable housing and other topics.

As cities expand, underutilized spaces beneath bridges remained dormant, overshadowed by their towering counterparts. This competition aimed to find ways of transforming these neglected areas into dynamic, thriving communities.

Participants were invited to select any underbridge site globally, considering factors such as accessibility, available amenities, and how the proposed solution would integrate with the existing community. The designs needed to showcase adaptability, ensuring they catered to various needs while remaining cost-effective and sustainable. Buildner and its jurors sought practical, scalable, and eco-conscious designs to revolutionize these overlooked spaces. The competition encouraged participants to think creatively and present innovative housing solutions that challenged conventional approaches. The underbridge spaces awaited transformative ideas to become vital parts of urban communities.

Buildner worked with an experienced panel of international jurors: Cas Esbach, Project Leader and Architect at MVRDV in Rotterdam, has contributed to projects such as Shenzhen Terraces and Valley in Amsterdam, and teaches at TU Delft; Philippe Fouche, Director and Architect at South Africa-based SAOTA, focuses on vernacular design and sustainability, with projects ranging from European villas to urban designs in West Africa, India, and Turkey; Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture at McGill University and President of Avi Friedman Consultants, Inc., has written 28 books and is known for his work on affordable and sustainable residential environments; Samista Jugwanth, Associate and shareholder at Zutari, has over twelve years’ experience in engineering design, project management, and construction management in Africa, emphasizing human-centered infrastructure development; Luise Marter, collaborating with KWY studio in Lisbon, works on multidisciplinary projects and values collaboration and process-driven methodology in practice; Blake T. Smith, Associate and Senior Designer at BIG in Brooklyn, led the Google Bay View Campus project and focuses on 3D printed housing, teaching at NJIT and NYIT; Nicolas Sterling, Co-Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers in Berlin, is an architect and structural engineer who has worked on innovative projects with leading firms like Zaha Hadid and Shigeru Ban; Elke Sterling-Presser, Co-Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers in Berlin, is a licensed architect and teaches at the UdK in Berlin; Renyi Zhang, Senior Architect and Urban Designer with Perkins&Will, specializes in multi-scale strategy and urban design projects, including campus planning for UC Berkeley and Xinyang University; Andreas Tjeldflaat, Founder of Framlab in New York and Bergen, serves on the Real Estate Market advisory group for UNECE, and has taught at Columbia University and Cornell University.

Buildner and its jury panel extend its congratulations to the winning teams and thank each of the participants for their design submissions. The competition was a great success, and the submissions below offer many unique solutions aimed at a significant challenge cities face around the globe today.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Under
Bridge

1st Prize Winner +
Buildner Student Award

Project name

NEW RAFT

I believe that participating in architectural competitions can greatly help me broaden my thinking and allow me to design boldly while trying out new design methods. For example, I think that the functionality of a single building is limited, so I aim to solve complex problems through designing systems. The topics provided by Buildner are always innovative and challenging, which is why I want to use this architectural competition to practice my ideas and receive diverse feedback from around the world. This experience will be a great exercise for my professional skills in the future.

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  • 9/10 Linework
  • 9/10 Quality of drawings
  • 8/10 Balance of color
  • 8/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 9/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

The Hiveway

Competitions provide us with the freedom to explore and test ideas without the confines of particular project constraints. As a team, our focus is to participate in competitions with potential for community impact, such as the Under the Bridge challenge.

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Company B+H Architects & the Surbana Jurong Architecture & Design Council of Excellence
Authors Stephanie Julie Maignan, Qianhui Wang, Ogulnabat Jumayeva, Brian Tien
Country Canada
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 9/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 6/10 Annotation
  • 8/10 Text
  • 8/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

[0,0,-1]

Unlike existing contests, BUILDNER addresses aspects of society that are not yet considered. This gives us many opportunities to think and has the power to change society. We also entered this contest to be part of such an initiative.

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  • 9/10 Quality of drawings
  • 7/10 Balance of color
  • 7/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • 8/10 Annotation
  • 7/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

Buildner Sustainability Award

Project name

LIVING UNDER A COMMON ROOF - Reinterpreted tube houses

I participate in architecture competitions to improve my design skills. Dealing with specific topics always provides new inspiration and enables me to continuously develop. Additionally, I enjoy seeing the diverse approaches that other participants take to solve the same challenges.

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  • 8/10 Linework
  • 8/10 Quality of drawings
  • 10/10 Balance of color
  • 8/10 Layout
  • 8/10 Hierarchy
  • 8/10 Annotation
  • 6/10 Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • 9/10 Clarity of diagrams
  • 9/10 Quality of overall presentation

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

Underline

Competitions often provide the opportunity to design for places and specific needs that may not ordinarily arise in a client brief. Competitions are a great way for architecture studios to challenge their thinking about architecture’s role and or contribution to society. To think big and to see ourselves as an agent for positive change. It is also an important exercise to test a firm’s ability to respond to a brief and compare their proposal to their peers.

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Country Australia
Project name

Reclaim, Redress, Rewild

We participate in architecture competitions because we are proud of our work. In school and post-graduation, we’ve designed projects defined by public service and community remediation. We feel this is the ultimate duty of the architect, beyond the niche and aesthetic. Herein, we want to share this work with our peers and inspire those with these creative skills to design generously.

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Country United States
Project name

Water & horizontal, hanok

This aims to present more possibilities in architecture. It is also an opportunity for young architects to showcase their work to experienced professionals.

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Author Hayoung Jung
Country South Korea
Project name

UNDERLINE

Participating in architecture competitions allows us to challenge ourselves creatively, explore new ideas, and stay engaged with the latest trends and innovations in the field. It provides an opportunity to showcase our skills, collaborate with other professionals, and gain recognition for our work.

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Authors Jiansong Yuan, Xiaotong Ni
Country United States
Project name

PARASITE

Author Alina Pinardi
Country Switzerland
Project name

UNDERBRIDGE HOMES

Authors Anqi Wang, Hao Zhou, Yue Liang, Ruijing Sun
Country United States

Shortlisted projects

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The Hiveway

Stephanie Julie Maignan,

Qianhui Wang

Ogulnabat Jumayeva,

Brian Tien

B+H Architects & the Surbana Jurong Architecture & Design Council of Excellence

Canada

Social Infrastructure for Transient Communities

CLUSTER

Egypt

Accordion House in Seoul

Jungmin Um

Nabin Kim

Sejong University, 세종대학교

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
South Korea

The Elizabeth Suture

New Jersey Institute of Technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Onder een Brug - Delft

Tov Frencken

Delft University of Technology, TU Delft , Technical University Delft

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Netherlands

City Drawer

Pao-ni Yang

祥禾 楊

National United University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Taiwan

BridgeLink Living

Tae Seong Kim

South Korea

UNDERLINE

Jiansong Yuan

Xiaotong Ni

United States

Underline

Australia

Point B

United States

UNDERBRIDGE - affordable living with a golden view

The Trier University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Trier

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Germany

[RE]-PRODUCTION

United States

BRIDGE RIDGE

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

PARASITE

Alina Pinardi

Switzerland

UNDERBRIDGE HOMES

United States

The First Settlement

Canada

Water & horizontal, hanok

Hayoung Jung

South Korea

VAANSGRIHA

GITAM - Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
India

Mosaic

Calvin Liang

Canada

VIADUCT FOR LIVING

Brno University of Technology (Vysoké učení technické v Brně)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Czech Republic

NEW RAFT

National University of Singapore

+172 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

The underbridge

Brno University of Technology (Vysoké učení technické v Brně)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Czech Republic

1.5 HUG

ETSAM: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (UPM)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Spain

Elevated Niches - Transfiguring the functional layers of communities

Eqo Leung

Anna Tonia De Vries

Philip John Chan Tong

Di Mu

GHD Ltd

New Zealand

Reclaim, Redress, Rewild

United States

Low Line

Bianzhe Wang

Jaehyung Ryu

Hyunjung An

Aiping Huan

France

LIVING UNDER A COMMON ROOF - Reinterpreted tube houses

Thu Nga Nadine Do

Vienna University of Technology , Technische Universität Wien, TU Wien

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Austria

Transitional House

Australia

Under-Flemington-Bridge

Australia

Along The Promenade

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Finland

Community Connect Housing

Carleton University, Canada's Capital University

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Canada

Under Bridge

United States

Yunseoul

Seongsu Kim

Haemin Lee

Myeong Ji Kim

Kumoh National Institute of Technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
South Korea

Live Streaming

Dankook University, DKU International - 단국대학교

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
South Korea

Hanging box

婧仪 侯

Shandong University of Art & Design

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

High Level Living

United Kingdom

THE VORONOI UNDER BRIDGE

HETA architects

United Kingdom