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FAKRO 2013 competition winners

Live Between Buildings, Ole Robin and Mateusz Mastalski (1st prize competition 2013)
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Winners: New Vision of the Loft 2

Winners: New Vision of the Loft 2

EUROPE - A10, together with roof window manufacturer FAKRO, challenged architects to design an innovative, creative and artistic vision of the loft. Competition entries for 'New Vision of the Loft 2' were required to make use of at least ten FAKRO roof windows to create unconventional loft designs, wherein light and space play a major role. The international competition jury first made a selection of nominees from more than one hundred project submissions; from this group of special mentions the following winners were chosen.

First prize

First prize

Live Between Buildings, Ole Robin (DK) and Mateusz Mastalski (PL/DK)

The jury appreciated the way the basic idea – creating small infill-dwellings between existing buildings – has been worked out in extended research, thus providing models for various housing types in different cities. The plan can be realized entirely out of roof windows (with some technical adjustments) and offers an innovative idea for using empty spaces in the urban fabric. The possibility of shapes is endless. The project was very beautifully drawn and communicated on a single sheet, with sections describing both the architectural idea and the exciting occupation of the proposed building.

Live Between Buildings, Ole Robin and Mateusz Mastalski (1st prize competition)
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Second prize

Second prize

Lock Loft, Katarzyne Penar (PL/UK) and Wojciek Okrzesik (PL/UK)

This was a clever adaption of the historical typology of the bridge house (like Ponte Vecchio) as an add-on to an existing structure. The proposal is built on a derelict bridge near Krakow but could just as easily be realized on other bridges. The small housing type that LoftLock anticipates needs some further research on how to actually build it (and how to enter it comfortably), but could provide cheap (temporary?) housing for all sorts of situations and locations. The drawings were soft and idyllic, yet attempted a clear technical realization of the project. The jury especially admired the romantic narrative of the proposal.

Lock Loft, Katarzyne Penar and Wojciek Okrzesik (2nd prize competition 2013)
Lock Loft, Katarzyne Penar and Wojciek Okrzesik (2nd prize competition)
Lock Loft, Katarzyne Penar and Wojciek Okrzesik (2nd prize competition)
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Third prize

Third prize

Church Home, Piotr Skrzycki (PL) and Dawid Szczepanski (PL)

This adaption of a church into a 'regular' dwelling over time offers an intriguing vision of how to transform churches into homes without losing their unique qualities, and the same time, adapting to the local context. Although the jury was not entirely convinced that the project was credible, it was pleased to see the level of detail and the sensitivity of the architects towards light and space that churches have to offer. The interior renderings of the project were very accomplished, evoking intense, powerful interiors that are quite successful in communicating the possible tension inherent in the project's establishment of domestic life in a religious structure.

Church Home, Piotr Skrzycki and Dawid Szczepanski (3rd prize competition)
Church Home, Piotr Skrzycki and Dawid Szczepanski (3rd prize competition)
Church Home, Piotr Skrzycki and Dawid Szczepanski (3rd prize competition)
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Further information about the competition results, a detailed jury report and evaluations of projects can be found on the FAKRO website.

Monday | 8 July | 2013 | Europe | A10 new European architecture
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