We are very happy to announce the winners of our recent architectural design competition, Aquatecture 2018. The contest encouraged the participants to imagine a utopian world on water and design the same considering the aspects of innovation, originality and sustainability.
The jury for the competition consisted of revered designers Anouk Legende (Xtu Architects), Marco Lavit (Atelier LAVIT), Abraham Cota Paredes (Cotaparedes Architects), Richard Coutts (BACA Architects), Anuj Gudekar (Professor), Mridula Pillai (Professor), Chris Precht (Penda), Andrew Patterson (Patterson Associates) and Moon Hoon.
The top three Winners and five Special Mentions were awarded a total prize money of $4500 while ten entries received Honorable Mentions.Here are the winning entries. The full results for the Aquatecture 2018 competition can be found here
First Place: The ‘Float Hub’
The ‘Float Hub’ goes beyond design, and merges the vital aspects of infrastructure and economic development. “Float Hub aims to achieve a long-term economic and residential security through a catalogue of typologies that benefits the floating community. The existence of resources in the communities enables an economy where any surplus generated is recycled back”. The important activities of the proposed floating community are production, recycling and vending.
Second Place: The ‘Nuevo Mundo’
The ‘Nuevo Mundo’ looks at traditional Chinese architecture for inspiration. The designers wanted to create “a water building that can flexibly cope with its living environment and can freely control its own dimension, move freely and can easily dock, with the control room diving into the water. The energy of the new water building is supplied by solar and its surrounding environment can produce food and purified water”.
Third Place: The ‘Water Miner’
The design of the ‘Water Miner’ is a “torus pod with all amenities and food production technology. Multiple pods would come together to form a floating settlement with shared food production and programs. The design also has the capability to mine for fresh water while in the sea through osmosis, with the help of synthetic membranes”.
Participants: Silvia Angeli, Sophie Angrilli and Xhesika Pfriti (Italy)
Participants: Nur Arsad Eko Pramono, Ardyana Fahmiadi and Arief Singgih Wibowo (Indonesia)
Participants: Saqib Mansoor, Lily Ni and Shidong Wang (Canada)
Participants: Patrick Danahy and Caleb Ehly (United States)
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