120 Hours is proud to present the winners of the 2018 competition: A Room for Communication.
The jury was overwhelmed by the variety of the entries, the differences and richness of the concepts, but saw similarity in the themes. In the end, the first, second, and third places represent three different ways and rooms for communication, and within their categories, they convinced the jury with their visualization and overall execution.
AND THE WINNER IS …
First place goes to ATTENTION! by Chagina Daria and Udimamedova Leyla from Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Russia.
The white cube introduces neutral space in an otherwise hectic environment. It is an object creating conversations and a place to be talked about by the society.
The jury has seen attempts similar to this in the competition, as well as related art around the world, but the boldness is something new. The scale fits the chosen urban area, and it is very unspecific, which enables imagination of different situations. The cube shuts you off from the city, and it shows us
how much we see and how little we notice.
The presentation of the project is appealing, it sticks out in the crowd of entries and catches your attention. The proposal is coherent between illustrations and text. The architecture is bold, yet quiet – it’s a cube for small or large groups of people, and individuals can be both visible and invisible.
SECOND PLACE goes to Odyssey by Eleana Georgousi from the University of Patras, Eleni Papaevangelou and Isidoros Spanolios from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
This proposal discusses a situation we are familiar with, where you encounter strangers, but are not provoked into communication. The train, an existing part of the city, has one different cart, which makes it familiar yet unique. It takes a space from nature to drive around, which was clever and made the jury smile. The difference makes it fun and surprising, furthermore it speaks to the phrase, “Life is a journey”. It is easy to imagine the train driving down the street, being part of the journey, and how fun both of these experiences would be.
Among the entries attempting to improve the conditions of the train, this group took it further to make people explore the city in a different way. It is an unexpected way to communicate with the outside world. The ‘meadow’ differentiate the way people interact with one another.
THIRD PLACE goes to A fugitive room for interaction by Alberte Hyttel Reddersen and Julie Lecuelle from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark.
This was the most abstract entry the jury discussed, and it really made them ponder. The room raises a lot of questions and made a good dialogue among the jury members. And in a way, it leaves us with more questions than answers. A project like this seems like a human demand or wish that would need decades to materialize.
It is an invitation to explore and a place for random encounters in a limited space. The jury appreciates the way the concept is expressed, and find it to be poetic, yet ideal to the task.
The honorary mentions caught the jury’s attention and were thoroughly discussed along with the winning proposals. They raised the right questions on the right levels, and were interesting contrubitions to the task.
The honorary mentions are sorted by random.