A New State Archive in Kitzingen, Germany

 

1st Place – gmp Architekten Photo: ©Hans-Joachim Wuthenow, Berlin

 

As part of a policy to relocate archives of local interest outside of major Bavarian cities, a competition was staged for the design of a new archive in Kitzingen, 12 miles from the provincial capital city of Würzburg, Germany. The competition was

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A New City University Takes Shape

MK:U’s Forward Looking Model Explored in Detail

Winning entry by Hopkins Architects (© Malcolm Reading Consultants / Hopkins Architects)

 

Milton Keynes, known simply as MK, represented one of the more significant results of the UK’s “new town” programs from the 1950s and 60s. Situated almost equidistant between Oxford and Cambridge, and within easy

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School as Civic Hub

Prague’s LOŠBATES School Competition

 

First prize entry © Pelletier de Fontenay / Valerio Sartori (image courtesy CCEA MOBA)

 

Sponsored by LOŠBATES, an administrative entity established by four adjacent municipalities on the outskirts of Prague, this competition for a primary and secondary school, won by the Canadian firm, Pelletier de Fontenay with Valerio

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SMÍCHOV ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: An International competition in Prague

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The San Francisco Transbay Terminal Competition

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University College Dublin’s Ambitious Plan

 

Competing for an Arrival Experience and Plan at UCD

 

Winning design: Image:©Steven Holl Architects and Malcolm Reading Consultants

 

A designer of hospitals once remarked that a full vacant floor should be added to every new hospital facility to accommodate the rapid changes in the technical demands of the industry. Although on

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University College Dublin’s Future Campus Competition Finalists

Entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (© Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

Six design teams have been selected as finalists in the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The teams’ urban design visions for an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and concept designs for a new circa €48m Centre for Creative Design are now

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World Heritage Bernau Bauhaus Visitors Center

 

From Storied Restoration to Prime Time Destination

 

Winning entry ©Steimle Architekten

 

When we first included an article in COMPETITIONS about the restoration of Hannes Meyer’s Berlin Trade Union School in 2007, little did we anticipate that this subject would resurface on several occasions over the years. With the initial publication of

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Aarhus New School of Architecture

 

Young Architects win a Restricted Competition

over High-Profile Competitors

 

“Today the majority of design competitions are exclusively based on prequalification, which means that only established companies that have participated in numerous building projects qualify. The competition format that was chosen for this project challenged this, and the result shows that it

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Competitions as Stepping Stones for Young Architects Example: Weiss Manfredi

 


Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus Photo: ©Iwan Baan

 

In the early 1990s, Weiss Manfredi emerged as one of the most interesting young architecture firms in the U.S. How did this happen? Winning two important competitions in 1990/91—the Women’s Military Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Olympia Fields Mitchell Park competition in a Chicago suburb—served to propel this relatively unknown pair into the national limelight. From then on, the firm began to receive invitations to participate in invited competitions, winning several high-profile competitions, which included the highly acclaimed Seattle Art Museum Olympia Sculpture Park and the more recent Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design competitions.

 

What marked their rise was not simply their expertise in developing landscape plans to fit a specific site, or detail in retrofitting or realizing significant buildings, but recognizing that architecture does not cease to exist at the front door. As a result of their success in those early competitions, the firm has received a number of commissions, such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Nanotechnology Institute and Cornell Tech’s recently completed “Bridge,” at their Roosevelt Island Campus. Not known for their high-rises, the firm seemed to strike just the right chord on this project. As a major piece of the Roosevelt Island campus ensemble, this building can hold its own with any of its neighbors—a tribute to the firm’s versatility.

 

Would all of this have been possible without those winning competition efforts? It’s clear that those experiences smoothed the path to career advancement…as both a learning experience and raising the firm’s profile.

 

 


Exterior and interior views Photos: Iwan Baan

 

See Weiss Manfredi interview:
https://competitions.org/2016/07/interview-weiss-manfredi-architects/

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