International Architecture Competition

War Port Microtecture

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

War Port Microtecture

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers has once again partnered with the City Council of Liepaja, Latvia to initiate a design competition targeted at revitalising the coastal Latvian town of Karosta – an early-20th-century Russian military headquarters-turned Soviet naval base, vacated by its population of 20,000 following the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

This specific call for designs sought ideas for transforming small-scale-architectural elements at the heart of Karosta’s community, namely, its playgrounds, bus stops, benches and signage structures. This competition series serves as a forum for the discussion of Karosta, a town which boasts several unique examples of military architecture and planning, by which it holds historical significance, drawing artists and other visitors. Its distinctive building stock includes a prison, military bunkers, Soviet-era housing blocks and a man-made warship canal.

The ideas generated by the Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers competitions are intended to stimulate wider interest in the town of Karosta and to aid in reversing the town’s disrepair. Both Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers and the City Council of Liepaja would like to thank those who responded to this third international call for ideas focused on re-thinking Karosta’s micro-urban elements. A total of US $2000 has been awarded to three winning entries.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

win1

Country

France

Project authors

Reika Tatekawa
Guillaume Faas

jury commentary

The winning proposal was chosen for its simplicity and effectiveness. Colourful, ready-to-assemble blocks of concrete are amassed to satisfy the demands of the common bench, playground, bust stop and signage post. The repeating concrete unit promises a dynamic range of colour patterns and formal arrangements that embody the characteristics of local handicraft and architecture. The submission was considered by the jury to be most successful for its flexibility, for its potential to connect various community amenities and transform Karosta’s shared spaces into playgrounds for the young and old.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

win2

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Daniel Norell
Einar Rodhe
Aron Fidjeland
Axel Wolgers

jury commentary

Peekaboo: Framing 100 new views in Karosta

Chosen for its link to context and for its large-scale vision, this design entry intelligently re-uses the existing Soviet-era housing blocks to form new and smaller community spaces. The Brutalist residential structures, many of which are vacant and perhaps beyond repair, are dismantled and dispersed throughout Karosta as inhabitable sculptures. As with Bernard Tschumi’s well-known Parc de la Villette in Paris, these structures form new frames for cultural interaction and serve as reference points, although this version is more clearly tied to historical relationships.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

win3

Country

Canada

Project authors

Alessandra Bragagnini
Caitlin Tobiasz

jury commentary

A New Identity for Karosta

The jury was pleased by the submission’s clear concept. Various micro structures are built using repeated elements arranged to dematerialise, thereby combining the strength of steel with transparency and lightness – a nod to the lasting strength of a community despite change. This concept of resilience is further expressed by the material choice of Corten steel, a building element known to weather over time. As with the other winners, the proposal offers a consistent formal and material language which serves to connect the many shared spaces of Karosta.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

h1

Country

Colombia

Project authors

Diego Luis García Estefan
Juan Gonzalo Bula López
Juan Pablo García Estefan

Project Name

h2

Country

France

Project authors

Du Pierre-Alain
Poisblaud Timothée

Project Name

h3

Country

Switzerland

Project authors

Anouk Dandrieu
Delphine Quach

Project Name

h4

Country

United States

Project authors

Michael Stonikinis

Project Name

h5

Country

Latvia

Project authors

Ieva Stradiņa
Ieva Landmane

Project Name

h6

Country

Poland

Project authors

Katarzyna Posiewala
Krystian Nowak
Piotr Krukierek

Project Name

h7

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Roman Kovenski
Valeria Pestereva
Yakov Faibisovich
Alexander Shipunov

Project Name

h8

Country

Hong Kong

Project authors

Yuen Fung Cheung
Artur Nitribitt

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