Architecture Competition Virtual Home Honorable mention – QDS

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "Virtual Home" competition – Alessandro Rigamonti, Marco Fabris, Stefano Capuzzo and Elia Citron from Italy!

QDS from Italy

QDS is Alessandro Rigamonti (1986), Marco Fabris (1983), Stefano Capuzzo (1975).

The founders of the firm conduct their research and design activities in Italy and around the world for over ten years in collaboration with internationally renowned professionals and companies. They form their experience through several projects in the fields of furniture design, architecture and exhibition design, including:  

Kuwait National Pavilion and Vino "A Taste of Italy" Pavilion, with Italo Rota @EXPO2015 Milan; the art exhibition “Arts&Foods” and the 8th edition of the Triennale Design Museum "Kitchens & Invaders" both curated by Germano Celant. In 2019 the studio takes its current form as QDS, and currently accommodates five professionals from architects, designers and communication specialists.

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?

The studio works in different fields and through different methods, from architecture to exhibitions design, residential and commercial interiors, with particular interest in product design. We are currently working with some Italian master craftsmen to develop a series of furniture products characterized by distinct poetic content.

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

As a studio we share the goal of reveal the beauty through the narrative power of the poetic image enclosed in our creations. We operate as active spectator of the social, relational and emotional values that influence the design process, and translate them into forms with a strong narrative character. Therefore, we approach the subject of the project in a way that is genre-oriented rather than style-oriented. Genre is crucial because therein lies the nature of the artwork and the higher, more complex theme of narrative. The focus is always on the context and the process that best suits the narration of that particular story, each project is characterized by a consistent and specifically researched language.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

The competition is a free place dedicated to abstraction and experimentation, where knowledge and imagination can be combined in the creation of ideal human scenarios through architecture and design.

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

A competition is a showcase to share a vision with the world, an opportunity to address social and design themes, even non-ordinary ones. Beyond the achievement, the ability to focus on ideas, the need to represent them to the best, and the necessity to meet deadlines are the ideal training ground for high-profile professional practice.

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
Greening the Industrial City
Houston ★ Texas

Submit a masterplan for an industrial park in Houston, Texas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 16
Sep 22
Nov 10
Run repeatedly
Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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Run repeatedly
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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Run repeatedly
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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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 Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Aug 31
Sep 30
Oct 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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