We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winners of our “Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins” competition - Duc Ngo and Piotr Pasierbinski from Japan!

3rd prize winners VMMC

Duc Ngo and Piotr Pasierbinski from Japan

Duc Ngo graduated from TU Delft in the Netherlands and from National University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam.

Piotr Pasierbinski received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland. During his studies, he was granted a scholarship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and at the National University in Singapore.

We both had worked for international architecture offices across Asia, Europe, and North America, until we met at Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo. From then on, we have been working together on several projects around the world.

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?

Projects: we have been involved in - programmes of various scale, from small exhibition space and art installation during Tallinn Architecture Biennale to House of Hungarian Music in Budapest, and several housing developments in Prague, Amsterdam, Vancouver, New York, and Shanghai.

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

We do believe in the power of architecture and its ability to draw human beings into spaces without any coercion. There is no single path, but people intuitively know where to go. Architectural space helps to connect our bodies and our souls by experiencing the surrounding environment, consciously, and subconsciously. That is the reason why we are so extremely curious about what could be or could happen in-between various things: between the door and the window, between the wall and the floor, between the tree and its shadow, or even between the table and the chair.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

We would like to examine new ideas, experience different design conditions, and expand our opportunities, which is not always possible.

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

The idea not confronted with the real world stays a dream, but once you test it, it has a chance to become architecture. Having a good partner(s) helps massively, we keep motivating each other along the way, we stay critical of one another, and contribute different qualities to the team.

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