Ecole Speciale d’Architecture students take first place in 2013 120 HOURS Competition
Each year a short-lived student competition is run which invites aspiring architects around the world to address a design problem in a highly inventive way. The non-profit competition consistently receives a high volume of quality submissions from students around the world, as exemplified by the winners of last year’s competition. The 2013 competition invited applicants to conceptualise a cruise ship terminal in Geiranger, a small village in western Norway that is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formulating an intrinsic relationship between the architecture and scenic natural environment. The competition received entries from 249 teams of students across 5 continents in 5 days.
Taking first place this year was the team of Hugo Enlart, Eva Maloisel and Charles Aubertin from Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris with their Untitled composition. The team’s proposal sees an intervention in the natural setting which encourages passengers who have recently disembarked to interact with the picturesque location. A long pathway becomes a set of stairs which ascend through the foliage in a ‘poetic’ motion.
Notes from the jury explain: “The jury found the design actively and formally engages the context and natural condition. We found that the staircases provide a mysticism and intrigue that stretches the capacity of architecture to not just provide a solution to a brief, but to generate a new programme while elegantly providing a solution to the task of the architect in the face of the sublime.”
Second Place: The Geiranger Hug Promenade
The runners-up were a team from the Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture in the Czech Republic with their ‘Geiranger Hug Promenade’ concept. The jury detailed: “We found this project extremely impressive. The proposal takes a meticulous, thoughtful approach demonstrating a great capacity for architectural thinking. It deals with a range of issues from programme, viability, sustainability and relationship to the village. It has a convincing clarity of vision. It is a strong formal gesture that strengthens the shape of the bay and is conscious of the dual life of the bay in summer and winter.”
Joint Third Place: 1 City 2 Scales and Geiranger Deep Dock
Third place was split between two teams: Thiago Fernandes de Almeida and Priscila Moreno Bellas from Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Rio de Janeiro with their 1 City 2 Scales scheme and David Haberts with Anna Fink of Academie van Bouwkunst from Amsterdam with their Geiranger Deep Dock concept. The following comments were given by the jury:
1 City 2 Scales: “This proposal has a clear vision both on the entire system of tourism and landscape of the site. It is a very professional and a clear spatial statement and strong intervention that creates a completely new condition. It’s also a very thorough and elegant architectural solution as well as the larger proposal of transforming and preserving the bay from the cruise ships. The jury admired this project but questioned the appropriateness of the solution for the particular site.”
Geiranger Deep Dock: “This is one of the strongest projects that attempt to take on the issue of sustainability identified in the brief. It merges well with nature - on one hand disappearing and one hand generating new conditions. It creates an exciting new ecosystem fusing architecture and nature. Technically and logistically the project is impressive considering the time given.”