72H Axo Battle #1: Meet the Winners and Hounourable Mentions!
WINNER: The place beyond the dikes
by Félix Roudier
Architect for 5 years, I love architecture thought in connection with his environment, rural or urban. For me, architectural design works like Russian Dolls: a game of interweaving of scales where the territory, the city, the neighborhood, the building, the furniture… must match to create a perfect synergy.
Illustrator for 2 years, I founded « felix-illustra »: a studio where creations question illustration and fiction as tools of representation of the architectural and urban project or which are simply the feature of a transformed reality.
The 72h Axo-Battle of Non-Architecture was for me the perfect exercise to experiment with the technique of hand drawing with axonometry. The competition theme made it possible to stage a utopian or dystopian project inspired by fiction while providing a reflection on current problems. This is the kind of subject that fascinates me!
HONOURABLE MENTION: Floating Asylum, On to new shores
by Julia Gross and Felix Redmann
We are both architecture students at the Vienna University of Technology and are currently working on our master’s thesis. Our interests are sustainable, critical, and high-quality topics in architectural design. Eating and cooking help us support our interests and have a good time together.
Participating in a Non Architecture Competition was fun and, in addition to the current situation, also a welcome change.
We are looking forward to future competitions together.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Rhapsody in Bubbles
Chun Hei Tsang and Sze Chit Liu
We are graduates of CUHK School of Architecture BSSc (Architectural Studies) class of 2020. Now working as an Architectural Assistant (Year Outs) in different practices in Hong Kong. We have decided to partake in different architectural competitions as we recognize this pandemic as a time for us to further improve in ourselves in addition to enriching our portfolios in preparation for our application of Master of Architecture in the coming academic year. Non-Architecture’s 72hours is the first since we left school and served as a very interesting opportunity for us to really “go-crazy” and explore something we have never tried and imagine a world so distant and different from our own yet is a quasi-consequential future that served as a warning if we do not take care of our planet more seriously. Overall the 72hours were tough considering we had to balance our work lives however we were glad and somewhat proud of the outcome as we both could certainly say this is the craziest, detailed and wild drawing we’ve done for now, and let’s hope for better works to come in the future.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Water Parkour: Underground Diving Adventure below the Concrete Jungle
by Oswald Hogen Salim Huang and Anna Claudia Yenardi
Anna & Hogen met in Tokyo in 2019 during their internship stint offered by the university they were both studying in. They felt an affinity for one another, as they shared similar interests, and resonated in their views on aesthetics. Hogen graduated with a master’s degree in architecture in the year 2020 and is currently working in an architecture firm, hoping to one day start his own. Anna is currently enrolled in the final semester of her Master of Architecture course and is mainly occupied with developing her thesis on design technology. Thus, Anna & Hogen decided to join the NON-ARCHITECTURE competition as a temporary respite from their respective routines.
Participating in a design competition that had a tight time frame, effectively 48 hours, necessitated by their return to their daily routines on the final 24 hours, compelled Anna & Hogen to be decisive and deliberate in every step of the way. For them the end product was not as important as the process of making that they had gone through, motivated by their desire to explore ways of effectively delivering ideas.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Intermission -130: Recreation in the Post-Anthropocene
by Phyu Sin Hnin, Ryan Teo Jun Yan, Loh Jia Yun Chau Wai Man
We are a group of architectural designers who met in and graduated from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Ryan is interested in the ways in which architecture could be used as a vessel for the exploration and creation of spaces, in an attempt to potentially address the issues that arise in our ever-changing socio-ecological landscapes.
Phoebe is a Burmese architectural designer practicing in Singapore. Her interests lie greatly in fabrication: where material, methodology and design come together to create innovative systems and intimate moments of interactions.
Jia Yun has a strong interest in creating unique atmospheres and creative spaces. She enjoys celebrating the functional architectural elements and to adaptively reuse them into works of art.
Wai Man is interested in exploring dynamic and flexible spaces and their adaptations to their contexts, and utilizing architecture to understand and reflect on prevailing traditions.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to explore more exciting typologies in unusual environments, hence the conception of Intermission -130: a recreation facility in the post-anthropocene where life is submerged and lived in harmony with the undersea, 130m below sea level. Embedded in the continental shelf, we proposed a method of circulation unique to the underwater context, where one can float and flow through each function of the facility.
The 72-hour competition was a prime exercise in collaborative design and production in a fun, free-form manner. More room was given for imagination to flow in developing spaces, systems, and interactions while capturing the moment in a single representation.”
HONOURABLE MENTION: Rising from the Depths – working with the inevitable.
by Oliver Porteous-Williams, Lesley Cheung and Amy Hickery
“We are all final year students at the University of Bath. Taking part in the competition was a fun break from the stressful final year coursework. We really enjoyed challenging ourselves to think in a different way and translate our ideas into just one drawing.”
HONOURABLE MENTION: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – PLASTIC RECYCLING WILL SAVE US
by Andrea Sanguineti, Margherita Sblano and Malika Novi
We are three designers, Andrea is an architect who is collaborating with many design companies like Artemide and Alias both on strategic design, product design and interior, Malika is graduated from Marangoni, she works as a product designer and graphic designer with Quasar, London Art Wallpaper, Ritzenhoff, among other, Margherita is an interior and product designer, just graduated at Politecnico. We are based in Milano. Our studio is focusing on interior design, product design and graphic design.
Our approach is based on research about the social environment, technology trends, cultural aspects. Our goal is to add innovation to our projects and give a high-value service to our clients.
We have been loving to participate in 72H Axo Battle, we liked the approach, fast, focus on design vision and design representation.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Water Court
by Camilla Bocchieri and Greta Bonini
“I’m Camilla, I’m 22 years old and I’m an MSc student in Architecture Construction and City at Politecnico di Torino; I have been attending Architecture since 2017 and I will finish my studies in 2022. I have always had a great passion for drawing and art and my love for architecture came when I started my studies and it gets stronger and stronger.
I participated in the Non Architecture Competition together with my colleague and friend Greta with whom I shared my entire university career up to now. Fortunately, despite the pandemic situation, we were able to work together in Torino and it was super fun and stimulating experience.”
“I’m Greta, I’m 22 years old and I’m Italian. I’m a MSc student in Architecture Construction and City at Politecnico di Torino; I have been attending Architecture since 2017 and I will finish my studies in 2022.
I participated in the NonArchitecture Competition together with my colleague and friend Camilla. Fortunately, despite the pandemic situation, we were able to work together in Torino and it was super fun and stimulating experience.”