What does it take to win 120 HOURS?

We have asked some of the previous winners of 120 HOURS to give us their top three tips on how to create a winning project.

With February 17th drawing closer, the expectations for what we will see from this years contributors are building up. As this year’s competition is set to be even bigger than last year, getting to the top will demand even more from our contestants. So what does it actually take to win 120HOURS? -We can’t give you a definitive answer, but we can certainly give you an idea!

1st prize 2012 – “CROSSING THE COURTYARD” – Kasper Benjamin Reimer Hansen & Thilde Bjørkskov Orluf. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Denmark.

  1. Go with a simple and strong concept that won’t need an elaborate explanation.

  2. Try to identify the main issue of the given assignment and make it your proposals strongest asset.

  3. Keep the presentation as simple as possible, with few but very strong drawings and/or images.


2nd prize 2013 – “THE GEIRANGER HUG PROMENADE” – Boris Kanka, & Vendula Urbanova, Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Czech Republic.

  1. We believe that a clear message is at the centre of every good project.

  2. Find the time to do it well. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

  3. Try to be a good team. It is going to be a pretty rough 120 hours, so try to have some fun along the way.


3rd prize 2013  – “1 CITY, 2 SCALES” – Thiago Fernandes de Almeida & Priscila Moreno Bellas. Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

  1. The competition is all about having a really good idea at the core. So be sure to focus your time on finding it, then once you have it, just produce the needed documents to explain it clearly. 
  2. Have in mind that your boards will be displayed together with hundreds of other projects. So try to design your boards so that they really stand out. 
  3. Be sure not to leave the text to be written just at the last minute, when your brain is too tired to function properly. Plan ahead, and try to get the text as good as it needs to be.