Architecture Competition Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge Honorable mention winners – Arjan Hebly and Sitong Luo

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our  "Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge" competition – Arjan Hebly and Sitong Luo from Netherlands!

Arjan Hebly and Sitong Luo from Netherlands

Already in 1986 I, Arjan Hebly (1958) started, after graduation at the TU Delft, my own office, Hebly Theunissen architecten, together with my late wife Karin Theunissen. Our main working field was, and still is, making plans for the renewal of old city districts, which joins the perspectives from urban planning, landscape design, and architecture. We did most of our projects in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft. The rest of our projects took place in several other places in the Netherlands, like in Sneek, a provincial city in the North of Holland.

In 2012 we finished the restoration of the famous Justus van Effen Housing Complex about Spangen in Rotterdam (together with Molenaar & Co). The Complex which is so well known for its ‘street in the air’ gallery that won several prizes includings the ‘Knoll, World Monuments Fund’ prize in 2016. Nowadays my main occupation is the renewal of the extensive typical garden city Vreewijk in Rotterdam (about 1100 dwellings). Combined with this designing practice we did research in the field of architecture and urbanism, which brought several cherished publications and research. In addition to my practice and research, teaching at different schools including TU Delft and academies, is always a joy for me.

Till the crises of 2008 our office had about ten employees. After 2013 I changed the way of working radically. I work on my own and collaborate now with different firms to do the specialized work and together with co-designers, like Sitong Luo (1991) for this project. The focus on the design is a quite liberating experience, I must say.

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

Architecture is like a whirl for me, an endless profession with deep and down to earth aspects. I organized a series of lectures under the title ‘Architecture from Soil to Sky’, which in its essence defines my view on architecture. Architecture has fundamental impacts on the lives of people, the city, and environments. So, it is a profession with substantial responsibility to the people, the living, and the death nature. This weekend I saw a lively book market on a square I designed. It gave me great satisfaction. It is something that goes beyond architectural styles, it’s about life, it is as Mozart put it ‘There are only two kinds of music (architecture), good ones and bad ones.’

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architectural practice is great but sometimes also a bit mind blocking. I use competitions to open and employ all my creative architectural skills again. The Vancouver task was perfect suiting for this purpose. It hits all the complexity of nowadays urban, social, and environmental challenges. A competition I do to develop myself and it is very nice that you know that your plan is seriously evaluated by experts on that what is important for you, namely, that magnificent profession you once chose, Architecture.

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
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
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Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
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Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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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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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

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

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Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
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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 #4

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